The death of Joseph (Gen 50:15-50:26)

“Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, ‘What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him.’  So they approached Joseph, saying, ‘Your father gave this instruction before he died,  `Say to Joseph, I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’   Now, please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.’  Joseph wept when they spoke to him.  Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, ‘We are here as your slaves.’  But Joseph said to them, ‘Do not be afraid!  Am I in the place of God?  Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.  So have no fear.  I myself will provide for you and your little ones.’  In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.”

After the death of Jacob, the brothers of Joseph went to him and begged forgiveness for what they had done to him.  They wanted to be his slaves.  He responded that they had nothing to fear.  It all worked out for God’s will.  He was going to provide for them.

“So Joseph remained in Egypt, he and his father’s household.  Joseph lived one hundred ten years.  Joseph saw Ephraim’s children to the third generation.  The children of Machir son of Manasseh were also born on Joseph’s knees.  Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am about to die.  But God will surely come to you, and bring you up out of this land to the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.’  So Joseph made the Israelites swear, saying, ‘When God comes to you; you shall carry up my bones from here.’  Joseph died, being one hundred ten years old.  He was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.”

Joseph lived 110 years, seeing his grandchildren born. He made the Israelites swear to move his bones, but when he died he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.   He never returned to Canaan.


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