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Jacob’s Burial

1Joseph fell on his father’s face, wept on him and kissed him.
  2Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. And the physicians embalmed Israel.
  3Forty days were fulfilled for him, for that is how many the days it takes to embalm. The Egyptians wept for him for 70 days.

4When the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke to the house of Pharaoh, saying, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, please speak in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,
  5My father made me swear, saying, ‘Behold, I am dying: bury me in my grave that I have dug for myself in the land of Canaan.’ Now therefore, please let me go up and bury my father, and I will come again.”

6Pharaoh said, “Go up, and bury your father, just like he made you swear.”

7Joseph went up to bury his father, and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, all the elders of the land of Egypt,
  8all the house of Joseph, his brothers, and his father’s house. Only their little ones, their flocks, and their herds they left in the land of Goshen.
  9There went up with him both chariots and horsemen. It was a very great company.
  10They came to the threshing floor of Atad that is beyond the Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and intense mourning. He mourned for his father seven days.
  11When the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, “This is a grievous mourning by the Egyptians.” Therefore its name was called Abel Mizraim; that is beyond the Jordan.

12His sons did to him just as he commanded them,
  13for his sons carried him into the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah that Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a burial site from Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.
  14Joseph returned into Egypt—he and his brothers and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.

Joseph’s Kindness

15When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and will fully pay us back for all of the evil that we did to him.”

16They sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father commanded before he died, saying,
  17‘You will tell Joseph, Now please forgive the disobedience of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.’ Now, please forgive the disobedience of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
  18His brothers also went and fell down before his face and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.”

19Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?
  20As for you, you planned evil against me, but God planned for good, to bring to pass as it is this day, to save many people alive.
  21Now therefore do not be afraid; I will nourish you and your little ones.” He comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Joseph’s Death

22Joseph lived in Egypt, he and his father’s house. Joseph lived 110 years.
  23Joseph saw Ephraim’s children to the third generation. The children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were born on Joseph’s knees.

24Joseph said to his brothers, “I am dying, but God will surely visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”
  25Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you are to carry up my bones from here.”

26So Joseph died, being 110 years old. And they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

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