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Chapter 50

1And when Joseph saw this, he fell upon his father's face weeping and kissing him. 2And he commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. 3And while they were fulfilling his commands, there passed forty days: for this was the manner with bodies that were embalmed, and Egypt mounted for him seventy days. 4And the time of the mourning being expired, Joseph spoke to the family of Pharao: If I have found favour in your sight, speak in the ears of Pharao: 5For my father made me swear to him, saying: Behold I die: thou shalt bury me in my sepulchre which I have digged for myself in the land of Chanaan. So I will go up and bury my father, and return. 6And Pharao said to him: Go up and bury thy father according as he made thee swear. 7So he went up, and there went with him all the ancients of Pharao's house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8And the house of Joseph with his brethren, except their children, and their flocks and herds, which they left in the land of Gessen. 9He had also in his train chariots and horsemen: and it was it great company. 10And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is situated beyond the Jordan: where celebrating the exequies with a great and vehement lamentation, they spent full seven days. 11And when the inhabitants of Chanaan saw this, they said: This is a great mourning to the Egyptians. And therefore the name of that place was called, The mourning of Egypt. 12So the sons of Jacob did as he had commanded them. 13And carrying him into the land of Chanaan, they buried him in the double cave which Abraham had bought together with the held for a possession of a buryingplace, of Ephron the Hethite over against Mambre. 14And Joseph returned into Egypt with his brethren, and all that were in his company, after he had buried his father. 15Now he being dead, his brethren were afraid, and talked one with another : Lest perhaps he should remember the wrong he suffered, and requite us all the evil that we did to him. 16And they sent a message to him, saying: Thy father commanded us before he died, 17That we should say thus much to thee from him: I beseech thee to forget the wickedness of thy brethren, and the sin and malice they practiced against thee: we also pray thee, to forgive the servants of the God of thy father this wickedness. And when Joseph heard this, he wept. 18And his brethren came to him: and worshipping prostrate on the ground they said: We are thy servants. 19And he answered them: Fear not: can we resist the will of God? 20You thought evil against me: but God turned it into good, that he might exalt me, as at present you see, and might save many people. 21Fear not: I will feed you and your children. And he comforted them, and spoke gently and mildly. 22And he dwelt in Egypt with all his father's house: and lived a hundred and ten years. And he saw the children of Ephraim to the third generation. The children also of Machir the son of Ma-nasses were born on Joseph's knees. 23After which he told his brethren: God will visit you after my death, and will make you go up out of this land, to the land which he swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 24And he made them swear to him, saying: God will visit you, Carry my bones with you out of this place: 25And he died being a hundred and ten years old. And being embalmed he was laid in a coffin in Egypt.

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