The last moments and death of Jacob (Gen 49:29-49:33)

“Then he charged them, saying to them, ‘I am about to be gathered to my people.  Bury me with my ancestors in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite, in the cave in the field at Machpelah, near Mamre, in the land of Canaan, in the field that Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite as a burial site.  There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried.  There Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried.  There I buried Leah.  The field and the cave that is in it were purchased from the Hittites.’   When Jacob ended his charge to his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed, breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.”

Jacob was very explicit.  He explained that Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, and Leah were all buried in the cave in Canaan near Mamre.  Then he ‘was gathered to his people,’ a nice phrase for death.

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