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Genesis 50 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

50 1 Jacob is buried. 19 Joseph forgiveth his brethren. 23 He seeth his children’s children. 26 He dieth.

Then Joseph fell upon his father’s face and wept upon him, and kissed him.

And Joseph commanded his servants the [a]physicians to embalm his father, and the physicians embalmed Israel.

So forty days were accomplished (for so long did the days of them that were embalmed last) and the Egyptians bewailed him [b]seventy days.

And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake to the house of Pharaoh, saying, If I have now found favor in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears, of Pharaoh, and say,

My father made me swear saying, Lo, I die, bury me in my grave, which I have made me in the land of Canaan: now therefore let me go, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again.

Then Pharaoh said, Go up and bury thy father, [c]as he made thee to swear.

¶ So Joseph went up to bury his father, and with him went all the servants of Pharaoh, both the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,

Likewise all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father’s house: only their children, and their sheep, and their cattle left they in the land of Goshen.

And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and they were an exceeding great company.

10 And they came to [d]Goren Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they made a great and exceeding sore lamentation: and he mourned for his father seven days.

11 And when the Canaanites the inhabitants of the land saw the mourning in Goren Atad, they said, This is a great mourning unto the Egyptians: wherefore the name thereof was called [e]Abel Mizraim, which is beyond Jordan.

12 So his sons did unto him, according as he had commanded them:

13 For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which cave Abraham bought with the field, to be a [f]place to bury in, of Ephron the Hittite beside Mamre.

14 ¶ Then Joseph returned into Egypt, he and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after that he had buried his father.

15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, [g]It may be that Joseph will hate us, and will pay us again all the evil which we did unto him.

16 Therefore they sent unto Joseph, saying, Thy father commanded before his death, saying,

17 Thus shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive now, I pray thee, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin: for they rewarded thee evil. And now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of thy father’s [h]God. And Joseph wept, when [i]they spake unto him.

18 Also his brethren came unto him, and fell down before his face, and said, Behold, we be thy servants.

19 To whom Joseph said, Fear not: for [j]am not I under [k]God?

20 When ye thought evil against me, God disposed it to good, that he might bring to pass, as it is this day, and save much people alive.

21 Fear not now therefore, I will nourish you, and your children: and he comforted them, and spake [l]kindly unto them.

22 ¶ So Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house: and Joseph lived an [m]hundred and ten years.

23 And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children, even unto the third generation: also the sons of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought upon Joseph’s knees.

24 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am ready to die, and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land, unto the land which he sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob.

25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, [n]God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry my bones hence.

26 So Joseph died, when he was an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and put him in a chest in Egypt.


  1. Genesis 50:2 He meaneth them that embalmed the dead and buried them.
  2. Genesis 50:3 They were more excessive in lamenting than the faithful.
  3. Genesis 50:6 The very infidels would have oaths performed.
  4. Genesis 50:10 Or, the corn floor of Atad.
  5. Genesis 50:11 Or, the lamentation of the Egyptians.
  6. Genesis 50:13 Or, a possession.
  7. Genesis 50:15 An evil conscience is never fully at rest.
  8. Genesis 50:17 Meaning, that they which have one God should be joined in most sure love.
  9. Genesis 50:17 Or, the messenger.
  10. Genesis 50:19 Or, am I in God’s stead, meaning to take vengeance.
  11. Genesis 50:19 Who by the good success seemeth to remit it, and therefore it ought not to be revenged by me.
  12. Genesis 50:21 Hebrew, to their heart.
  13. Genesis 50:22 Who, notwithstanding he bare rule in Egypt about fourscore years, yet was joined with the church of God in faith and religion.
  14. Genesis 50:25 He speaketh this by the spirit of prophecy, exhorting his brethren to have full trust in God’s promise for their deliverance.
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Genesis 50 New International Version (NIV)

50 Joseph threw himself on his father and wept over him and kissed him. Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him, taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh’s court, “If I have found favor in your eyes, speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him, ‘My father made me swear an oath and said, “I am about to die; bury me in the tomb I dug for myself in the land of Canaan.” Now let me go up and bury my father; then I will return.’”

Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear to do.”

So Joseph went up to bury his father. All Pharaoh’s officials accompanied him—the dignitaries of his court and all the dignitaries of Egypt— besides all the members of Joseph’s household and his brothers and those belonging to his father’s household. Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen. Chariots and horsemen[a] also went up with him. It was a very large company.

10 When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father. 11 When the Canaanites who lived there saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “The Egyptians are holding a solemn ceremony of mourning.” That is why that place near the Jordan is called Abel Mizraim.[b]

12 So Jacob’s sons did as he had commanded them: 13 They carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite. 14 After burying his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, together with his brothers and all the others who had gone with him to bury his father.

Joseph Reassures His Brothers

15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” 16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.

18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.

19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

The Death of Joseph

22 Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father’s family. He lived a hundred and ten years 23 and saw the third generation of Ephraim’s children. Also the children of Makir son of Manasseh were placed at birth on Joseph’s knees.[c]

24 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” 25 And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.”

26 So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.


  1. Genesis 50:9 Or charioteers
  2. Genesis 50:11 Abel Mizraim means mourning of the Egyptians.
  3. Genesis 50:23 That is, were counted as his
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