1 Then JosephI threwII himself on his father’sIII faceIV and weptV over him and kissedVI him.
2 Joseph commandedVII the physiciansVIII in his serviceIX to embalmX his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel;XI
3 they spentXII fortyXIII daysXIV in doing this,
for thatXV is the timeXVI requiredXVII for embalming. And the EgyptiansXVIII wept for him seventyXIX days.
4 When the days of weepingXX for him were past,XXI Joseph addressedXXII the householdXXIII of Pharaoh,XXIV
“If nowXXV I have foundXXVI favorXXVII withXXVIII you,
pleaseXXIX speakXXX toXXXI Pharaoh as follows:
5 My father made me swearXXXII an oath; he said, ‘XXXIIII am about to die.XXXIV
In the tombXXXV that I hewed outXXXVI for myself in the landXXXVII of Canaan,XXXVIII there you shall buryXXXIX me.’
Now therefore let me go up,XL, XLI so that I may bury my father; then I will return.”XLII
6 Pharaoh answered, “Go up, and bury your father, as he made you swear to do.”
7 So Joseph went up to bury his father. With him went up all the servantsXLIII of Pharaoh, the eldersXLIV of his household, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,XLV 8 as well as all the household of Joseph, his brothers,XLVI and his father’s household.
OnlyXLVII their children,XLVIII their flocks,XLIX and their herdsL were leftLI in the land of Goshen.LII
9 Both chariotsLIII and charioteersLIV went up with him. It wasLV a very greatLVI company.LVII
10 When they cameLVIII to the threshing floorLIX of Atad,LX
which is beyondLXI the Jordan,LXII they heldLXIII there a very greatLXIV and sorrowfulLXV lamentation;LXVI
and he observedLXVII a time of mourningLXVIII for his father sevenLXIX days.
11 When the CanaaniteLXX inhabitantsLXXI of the land sawLXXII the mourning on the threshing floor of Atad,
they said, “This is a grievousLXXIII mourning on the part of the Egyptians.” Therefore the place was namedLXXIV Abel-mizraim;LXXV it is beyond the Jordan.
12 Thus his sonsLXXVI didLXXVII for him asLXXVIII he had instructedLXXIX them.
13 TheyLXXX carriedLXXXI him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the caveLXXXII of the fieldLXXXIII at Machpelah,LXXXIV
the fieldLXXXV nearLXXXVI Mamre,LXXXVII
which AbrahamLXXXVIII boughtLXXXIX as a burial siteXC from EphronXCI the Hittite.XCII 14 After he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt with his brothers and all who had gone up with him to bury his father.
15 RealizingXCIII that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudgeXCIV against us and pays us back in fullXCV for all the wrongXCVI that we didXCVII to him?”
16 So they approachedXCVIII Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instructionXCIX before he died,C
17 ‘Say to Joseph: I begCI you, forgiveCII, CIII the crimeCIV of your brothers
and the wrongCV they didCVI in harmingCVII you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the GodCVIII of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
18 CIXThen his brothers also wept, fell downCX beforeCXI him, and said, “CXIIWe are here as your slaves.”
19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid!CXIII Am I in the place of God? 20 Even though you intendedCXIV to do harmCXV to me, God intended it for good,CXVI
in order to preserveCXVII a numerousCXVIII people,CXIX as he is doing today.CXX
21 So have no fear; I myself will provide forCXXI you and your little ones.”CXXII In this way he reassuredCXXIII them, speaking kindly to them.CXXIV
22 So Joseph remainedCXXV in Egypt, he and his father’s household; and Joseph livedCXXVI one hundred tenCXXVII years.
23 Joseph saw Ephraim’sCXXVIII childrenCXXIX of the thirdCXXX generation;
the children of MachirCXXXI son of ManassehCXXXII were also bornCXXXIII on Joseph’s knees.CXXXIV
24 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die; but God will surely come toCXXXV you, and bring you upCXXXVI out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac,CXXXVII and to Jacob.”CXXXVIII
25 So Joseph made the IsraelitesCXXXIX swear, saying, “When God comes toCXL you, you shall carry upCXLI my bonesCXLII from here.”
26 And Joseph died, being one hundred ten years old;CXLIII he was embalmed and placedCXLIV in a coffinCXLV in Egypt.
Image credit: “Joseph is Reunited with his Family” by John Paul Stanley of YoMinistry.