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Thou hast saved our lives : let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants.' And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.
And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly. And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years : so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years. And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, “If now I have found grace in thy sight, bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt: but I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, ‘and bury me in their burying-place.' And he said, 'I 6 will do as thou hast said.' And he said, 'Swear unto i me.' And he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon
the bed's head. And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, ‘Behold, thy father is sick :' and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. And one told Jacob, and said, “Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto
thee :' and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed. And Jacob said unto Joseph, "God ALMIGHTY
appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, and said unto me, “Behold, I will make 'thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.” And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born ' unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thec ' into Egypt, are mine : as Reuben and Simeon, they shall
• be mine. And thy issue, which thou begettest after 'them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name • of their brethren in their inheritance. And as for me, • when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land • of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little
way to come unto Ephrath : and I buried her there in • the way of Ephrath ; the same is Beth-lehem.'
And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, "Who are * these?' And Joseph said unto his father, 'They are my
sons, whom God hath given me in this place.' And he said, 'Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless • them. Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them. And Israel said unto Joseph, “I had not thought to see thy face: • and, lo, God hath showed me also thy seed.' And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth. And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand towards Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand towards Israel's right hand, and brought them near unto him. And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the first-born.
And he blessed Joseph, and said, 'God, before whom my • fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed 'me all my life long unto this day, the Angel which re• deemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my
name be named on them, and the name of my fathers • Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.' And when Joseph saw that
his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head. And Joseph said unto his father, ‘Not so, my father : for this is the ' first-born ; put thy right hand upon his head.' And his father refused, and said, “I know it, my son, I know it: 'he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great : but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. And he blessed them that day, saying, 'In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh :' and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
And Israel said unto Joseph, 'Behold, I die : but GOD shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of
Moreover I have given to thee one por* tion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of • the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.'
And Jacob called his sons, and told them what should befall them in the last days. And when he had made an end of commanding them, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.
And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him. And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father : and the physicians embalmed Israel. And forty days were fulfilled for him ; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed : and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days. And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, “If now • I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in • the ears of Pharaoh, saying, My father made me swear,
saying, "Lo, I die : in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me.” Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my • father, and I will come again.' And Pharaoh said, 'Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.'
And Joseph went up to bury his father : and with him went
all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, and all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house : only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen. And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen : and it was a very great company.
And they came to the threshing-floor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation : and he made a mourning for his father seven days. And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them : for his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a burying-place of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre. And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and ail that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.
And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, “Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.' And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, 'shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the
trespass of thy brethren, and their sin ; for they did unto · thee evil :” and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass
of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, “Be· hold, we be thy servants.' And Joseph said unto them, · Fear not: for am I in the place of GoD ? but as for you, 'ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto 'good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much
people alive. Now therefore fear ye not : I will nourish 'you, and your little ones.' And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house : and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years. And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation : the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's knees.
And Joseph 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 to Abraham, to Isaac, and to * Jacob.' And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall
carry up my bones from hence.' So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old : and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.