50:3 They took forty days, for that is the full time needed for embalming. 1 The Egyptians mourned 2 for him seventy days. 3
50:10 When they came to the threshing floor of Atad 4 on the other side of the Jordan, they mourned there with very great and bitter sorrow. 5 There Joseph observed a seven day period of mourning for his father.
1 tn Heb “and forty days were fulfilled for him, for thus are fulfilled the days of embalming.”
2 tn Heb “wept.”
3 sn Seventy days. This probably refers to a time of national mourning.
4 sn The location of the threshing floor of Atad is not certain. The expression the other side of the Jordan could refer to the eastern or western bank, depending on one’s perspective. However, it is commonly used in the OT for Transjordan. This would suggest that the entourage came up the Jordan Valley and crossed into the land at Jericho, just as the Israelites would in the time of Joshua.
5 tn Heb “and they mourned there [with] very great and heavy mourning.” The cognate accusative, as well as the two adjectives and the adverb, emphasize the degree of their sorrow.