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The time drew near that Israel must die, and he called his son Joseph and said to him, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, please put your hand under my thigh and deal kindly and truly with me. Please do not bury me in Egypt, Bible

“put your hand under my thigh.” This is a euphemism for “take hold of my genitals,” and it was done as part of the oath Jacob wanted Joseph to swear to him. [For more on the practice of swearing an oath while holding the genitals, see commentary on Gen. 24:2].


Commentary for: Genesis 47:29