Bible: Genesis 50:1-14

The Burials of Jacob and Joseph

50:1 Then Joseph hugged his father’s face. 1  He wept over him and kissed him. 50:2 Joseph instructed the physicians in his service 2  to embalm his father, so the physicians embalmed Israel. 50:3 They took forty days, for that is the full time needed for embalming. 3  The Egyptians mourned 4  for him seventy days. 5 

50:4 When the days of mourning 6  had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh’s royal court, 7 If I have found favor in your sight, please say to Pharaoh, 8  50:5 My father made me swear an oath. He said, 9 I am about to die. Bury me 10  in my tomb that I dug for myself there in the land of Canaan.” Now let me go and bury my father; then I will return.’ 50:6 So Pharaoh said, “Go and bury your father, just as he made you swear to do.” 11 

50:7 So Joseph went up to bury his father; all Pharaoh’s officials went with him – the senior courtiers 12  of his household, all the senior officials of the land of Egypt, 50:8 all Joseph’s household, his brothers, and his father’s household. But they left their little children and their flocks and herds in the land of Goshen. 50:9 Chariots and horsemen also went up with him, so it was a very large entourage. 13 

50:10 When they came to the threshing floor of Atad 14  on the other side of the Jordan, they mourned there with very great and bitter sorrow. 15  There Joseph observed a seven day period of mourning for his father. 50:11 When the Canaanites who lived in the land saw them mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a very sad occasion 16  for the Egyptians.” That is why its name was called 17  Abel Mizraim, 18  which is beyond the Jordan.

50:12 So the sons of Jacob did for him just as he had instructed them. 50:13 His sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, near Mamre. This is the field Abraham purchased as a burial plot from Ephron the Hittite. 50:14 After he buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, along with his brothers and all who had accompanied him to bury his father.

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