The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 50:1–14

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And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.

Joseph, realizing this, fell upon his father’s face, weeping and kissing him.

And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. And the physicians embalmed Israel.

And he instructed his servant physicians to embalm his father with aromatics.

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And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him threescore and ten days.

And they fulfilled forty days for him, for so are the days of embalming numbered; and Egypt mourned for him seventy days.

And while they were fulfilling his orders, forty days passed. For this was the method of embalming dead bodies. And Egypt wept for him for seventy days.

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And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke unto the house of Pharaoh, saying: 'If now I have found favour in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying

And when the time for mourning was fulfilled, Joseph spoke to the family of Pharaoh: “If I have found favor in your sight, speak to the ears of Pharaoh.

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My father made me swear, saying: Lo, I die; in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come back.'

My father adjured me, saying, In the sepulchre which I dug for myself in the land of Chanaan, there thou shalt bury me; now then I will go up and bury my father, and return again.

For my father made me swear, saying: ‘See, I am dying. You shall bury me in my sepulcher which I dug for myself in the land of Canaan.’ Therefore, I shall go up and bury my father, and then return.”

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And Pharaoh said: 'Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.'

And Pharao said to Joseph, Go up, bury thy father, as he constrained thee to swear.

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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,

So as he went up, all the elders of the house of Pharaoh went with him, along with every patriarch in the land of Egypt,

and all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house; only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen.

and the house of Joseph with his brothers, except their little ones and flocks and also the herds, which they left behind in the land of Goshen.

And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen; and it was a very great company.

Likewise, he had in his company chariots and horsemen. And it became a crowd without restraint.

10  And they came to the threshing-floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and there they wailed with a very great and sore wailing; and he made a mourning for his father seven days.

10  And they arrived at the threshing place of Atad, which is situated beyond the Jordan. There they spent seven full days celebrating the funeral rites with a great and vehement lamentation.

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11  And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said: 'This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians.' Wherefore the name of it was called Abel-mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan.

11  And the inhabitants of the land of Chanaan saw the mourning at the floor of Atad, and said, This is a great mourning to the Egyptians; therefore he called its name, The mourning of Egypt, which is beyond Jordan.

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12  And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them.

12  And thus his sons did to him.

12  And so, the sons of Jacob did just as he had instructed them.

13  For 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 burying-place, of Ephron the Hittite, in front of Mamre.

13  So his sons carried him up into the land of Chanaan, and buried him in the double cave, which cave Abraam bought for possession of a burying place, of Ephrom the Chettite, before Mambre.

13  And carrying him into the land of Canaan, they buried him in the double cave, which Abraham had bought along with its field, from Ephron the Hittite, as a possession for burial, opposite Mamre.

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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.