Bible: Genesis 50:1-22

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.

50:15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph bears a grudge and wants to repay 19  us in full 20  for all the harm 21  we did to him? 50:16 So they sent word 22  to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave these instructions before he died: 50:17 Tell Joseph this: Please forgive the sin of your brothers and the wrong they did when they treated you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sin of the servants of the God of your father.” When this message was reported to him, Joseph wept. 23  50:18 Then his brothers also came and threw themselves down before him; they said, “Here we are; we are your slaves.” 50:19 But Joseph answered them, “Don’t be afraid. Am 24  I in the place of God? 50:20 As for you, you meant to harm me, 25  but God intended it for a good purpose, so he could preserve the lives of many people, as you can see this day. 26  50:21 So now, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your little children.” Then he consoled them and spoke kindly 27  to them.

50:22 Joseph lived in Egypt, along with his father’s family. 28  Joseph lived 110 years.

NET Bible Study Environment