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Genesis 50:1-6

The Burials of Jacob and Joseph

50:1 Then Joseph hugged his father’s face. 1  He wept over him and kissed him. 50:2 Joseph instructed the physicians in his service 2  to embalm his father, so the physicians embalmed Israel. 50:3 They took forty days, for that is the full time needed for embalming. 3  The Egyptians mourned 4  for him seventy days. 5 

50:4 When the days of mourning 6  had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh’s royal court, 7  “If I have found favor in your sight, please say to Pharaoh, 8  50:5 ‘My father made me swear an oath. He said, 9  “I am about to die. Bury me 10  in my tomb that I dug for myself there in the land of Canaan.” Now let me go and bury my father; then I will return.’” 50:6 So Pharaoh said, “Go and bury your father, just as he made you swear to do.” 11 

1 tn Heb “fell on.” The expression describes Joseph’s unrestrained sorrow over Jacob’s death; he probably threw himself across the body and embraced his father.

2 tn Heb “his servants the physicians.”

3 tn Heb “and forty days were fulfilled for him, for thus are fulfilled the days of embalming.”

4 tn Heb “wept.”

5 sn Seventy days. This probably refers to a time of national mourning.

6 tn Heb “weeping.”

7 tn Heb “the house of Pharaoh.”

8 tn Heb “in the ears of Pharaoh.”

9 tn Heb “saying.”

10 tn The imperfect verbal form here has the force of a command.

11 tn Heb “he made you swear on oath.”

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