6496. A continuation will be found at the end of the following chapter.
1. And Joseph fell upon the faces of his father, and wept upon him, and kissed him.
2. And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father; and the physicians embalmed Israel.
3. And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of the embalmed; and the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.
4. And the days of weeping for him passed away, and Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, If I pray I have found grace in your eyes, speak I pray in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,
5. My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my sepulcher which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. And now I pray let me go up, and bury my father, and I will return.
6. And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.
7. And Joseph went up to bury his father; and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,
8. And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house: only their babes, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen.
9. And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen; and the army was exceeding great.
10. And they came to the threshing-floor Atad, which is in the passage of the Jordan, and they wailed there a very great and grievous wailing; and he made a mourning for his father seven days.
11. And the inhabitant of the land, the Canaanite, saw the mourning in the threshing-floor Atad, and they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians; wherefore they called the name of it Abel-mizraim, which is in the passage of the Jordan.
12. And his sons did unto him as he had commanded them:
13. And his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a sepulcher, from Ephron the Hittite, upon the faces of Mamre.
14. And Joseph returned into Egypt, he and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.
15. And Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, and they said, Peradventure Joseph will hate us, and returning will return unto us all the evil that we requited to him.
16. And they commanded Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,
17. Thus shall ye say unto Joseph, I pray forgive I pray the transgression of thy brethren, and their sin, because they requited evil to thee; and now forgive I pray the transgression of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
18. And his brethren also went and fell down before him; and they said, Behold we are thy servants.
19. And Joseph said unto them, Fear ye not; for am I in God's stead?
20. And you thought evil against me, but God thought it for good, in order to do as it is this day, to keep alive a great people.
21. And now fear ye not: I will sustain you, and your babes. And he comforted them, and spake upon their heart.
22. And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his father's house; and Joseph lived a hundred and ten years.
23. And Joseph saw Ephraim's sons of the third generation: the sons also of Machir the son of Manasseh were born upon Joseph's knees.
24. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die; and visiting God will visit you, and will make you go up out of this land unto the land which He sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
25. And Joseph took an oath of the sons of Israel, saying, Visiting God will visit you, and ye shall make my bones go up from hence.
26. And Joseph died, a son of a hundred and ten years; and they embalmed him, and he was put in an ark in Egypt.