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Genesis chapter .l.

And Ioseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him. And Ioseph commanded his servants that were Physicians, to embalm his father, and the Physicians embalmed Israel forty days long, for so long doth the embalming last, and the Egyptians bewept him seventy days. And when the days of weeping were ended, Ioseph spake unto the house of Pharao saying: If I have found favour in your eyes, speak unto Pharao and tell him, how that my father made me swear and said: lo, I die, see that thou bury me in my grave which I have made me in the land of Canaan. Now therefore let me go and bury my father, and then will I come again. And Pharao said, go and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.
And Ioseph went up to bury his father, and with him went all the servants of Pharao that were the elders of his house, and all the elders of Egypt, and all the house of Ioseph and his brethren and his father's house: only their children and their sheep and their cattle left they behind them in the land of Gosan. And there went with him also Chariots and horsemen: so that they were an exceeding great company. And when they came to the field of Atad beyond Iordan, there they made great and exceeding sore lamentation. And he mourned for his father seven days. When the inhabiters of the land the Cananites saw the mourning in the field of Atad, they said: this is a great mourning which the Egyptians make. Wherefore the name of the place is called Abel mizraim, which place lieth beyond Iordan. And his sons did unto him according as he had commanded them. And his sons carried him into the land of Canaan and buried him in the double cave which Abraham had bought with the field to be a place to bury in, of Ephron the Hethite before Mamre. And Ioseph returned to Egypt again and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, as soon as he had buried him.
When Ioseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said: Ioseph might fortune to hate us and reward us again all the evil which we did unto him. They did therefore a commandment unto Ioseph saying: thy father charged before his death saying: This wise say unto Ioseph, forgive I pray thee the trespass of thy brethren and their sin, for they rewarded thee evil. Now therefore we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of thy father's God. And Ioseph wept when they spake unto him. And his brethren came and fell before him and said: behold we be thy servants. And Ioseph said unto them: fear not, for am not I under God? Ye thought evil unto me: but God turned it unto good to bring to pass, as it is this day, even to save much people alive. Fear not therefore, for I will care for you and for your children, and he spake kindly unto them.
Ioseph dwelt in Egypt and his father's house also, and lived an hundred and ten years. And Ioseph saw Ephraim's children, even unto the third generation. And unto Machir the son of Manasse were children born, and sat on Ioseph's knees. And Ioseph said unto his brethren: I die; And God will surely visit you and bring you out of this land, unto the land which he sware unto Abraham, Isaac and Iacob. And Ioseph took an oath of the children of Israel and said: God will not fail but visit you: see therefore that ye carry my bones hence. And so Ioseph died, when he was an hundred and ten years old. And they embalmed him and put him in a chest in Egypt.

 

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