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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Genesis 50:1-26

50  And Joseph threw himself on his father’s face and wept over him and kissed him. 2  And Joseph gave orders to his servants the physicians to embalm his father, and the physicians embalmed Israel. 3  And he was given full forty days—for that is full time for embalming—and the Egyptians wept for him seventy days. 4  And when the days of weeping for him were past Joseph spoke to the Pharaoh’s household, saying “Please say before the Pharaoh, 5  my father bound me by an oath, saying ‘Here I am dying; it shall be in my grave that I dug for myself in Canaan that you bury me’; now let me go up and bury my father, and I will come back.” 6  And the Pharaoh said “Go up and bury your father as he swore you to.” 7  And Joseph went up to bury his father, and all the Pharaoh’s officers went up with him, the elders of his household and all the elders of Egypt, 8  and all Joseph’s household and his brothers and the family; only their children and sheep and cows they left in Goshen. 9  And chariotry and cavalry also went up with him, so that the camp was an immense one. 10  And they came to Thorn-Bush Threshing-Floor on the other side of the Jordan and held a great and very notable wailing there; and he made a seven days’ mourning for his father. 11*  And the inhabitants of the country, the Canaanites, saw the mourning at Thorn-Bush Threshing-Floor and said “This is a notable mourning of the Egyptians”; that is why it is named Egypt Meadow, on the other side of the Jordan. 12  And his sons did with him as he had commanded them, 13  and his sons carried him to Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Macpelah, which field Abraham bought for a graveyard-property from Ghephron the Hittite, in front of Mamre. 14  And Joseph went back to Egypt, he and his brothers and all who had gone up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father. 15  And Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, and thought “If Joseph were holding a grudge against us, he would pay us back the mischief we did him.” 16  And they had Joseph told “Your father gave us a command before he died, 17  ‘You are to say to Joseph, Do pardon your brothers’ crime and sin, that they did you a mischief.’ Now pardon the crime of the worshipers of your father’s God.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18  And his brothers too went and threw themselves down before him and said “Now we are to be slaves to you.” 19  But Joseph said to them “Do not be afraid: am I to take the place of God?” 20  You meant mischief against me; God meant it for good, in order to do as today he has, saving the lives of a great people. 21  Now do not be afraid; I will support you and your children”; and he comforted them and spoke lovingly to them. 22  And Joseph lived in Egypt, he and his father’s family. 23  And Joseph lived a hundred and ten years; and Joseph saw grandsons of Ephraim; the children of Manasseh’s son Makir too were born on Joseph’s knees. 24  And Joseph said to his brothers “I am dying; but God will visit you and bring you up out of this country to the country he swore to Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.” 25  And Joseph bound the sons of Israel by an oath, saying “God will visit you, and you shall carry my bones up from here.” 26  And Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten years; and they embalmed him, and he was laid in a mummy-case in Egypt.


50:11 Almost the same in Hebrew as Egypt’s Mourning