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1 Mosebog 50

1Josef kastede sig over sin døde far og græd og kyssede ham. Derefter gav han sine bedemænd ordre til at balsamere liget. Balsameringen tog 40 dage, og der var landesorg i Egypten i 10 uger.

Da sørgetiden var forbi, henvendte Josef sig til Faraos rådgivere og bad dem tale hans sag. „Sig til Farao, at min far lod mig sværge på, at jeg ville opfylde hans sidste ønske,” forklarede Josef. „Min far sagde til mig, at når han var død, skulle jeg bringe hans lig tilbage til Kanaʼan og begrave ham i den hule, hvor hans forfædre ligger begravet. Derfor er jeg nødt til at tage af sted og begrave min far. Når det er gjort, vil jeg straks vende tilbage hertil.”

Farao gav Josef lov til at rejse. „Tag du bare af sted og begrav din far, som du har lovet,” sagde han.

Så tog Josef af sted med et større følge af Faraos rådgivere og højtstående embedsmænd. Han tog også sine brødre og deres familier med. Men de lod deres mindre børn og fåre- og kvægflokke blive tilbage i Goshens land. Det var således et større følge af vogne og ryttere, som ledsagede Josef.

10 Da de kom til tærskepladsen ved Atad nær ved Jordanfloden, holdt de en højtidelig sørgeceremoni, hvor de begræd Josefs far i syv dage. 11 Senere kaldte de lokale indbyggere, kanaʼanæerne, det sted Abel-Mitzrajim,[a] for de sagde: „På dette sted holdt egypterne dyb sorg!” 12 Således gjorde Jakobs sønner, som deres far havde befalet dem: 13 De bragte hans lig ind i Kanaʼans land og begravede ham i hulen ved Makpela, som Abraham havde købt for at bruge den til familiegravsted. 14 Derefter vendte Josef tilbage til Egypten sammen med sine brødre og alle dem, som var fulgt med ham til hans fars begravelse.

Fuld forsoning mellem Josef og hans brødre

15 Efter at deres far var død, blev Josefs brødre ængstelige. „Måske bærer Josef nag og vil hævne sig på os for alt det onde, vi har gjort imod ham,” sagde de til hinanden. 16-17 Derfor sendte de følgende budskab til Josef: „Før sin død pålagde din far os at give dig følgende besked fra ham: ‚Tilgiv dine brødre for alt det onde, de har gjort imod dig.’ Derfor beder vi, som er din fars Guds tjenere, om du vil tilgive os!” Da Josef hørte de ord, brød han sammen og græd.

18 Derefter kom hans brødre personligt til ham og bøjede sig for ham. „Vi er dine slaver,” sagde de.

19 Men Josef svarede: „I skal ikke være bange for mig. Er jeg måske Gud, så jeg skulle dømme og straffe jer? 20 Selvom jeres hensigter var onde, ved jeg, at Guds hensigt var at vende det til noget godt, for han gav mig den position, jeg har i dag, så jeg kunne redde mange menneskers liv. 21 Nej, I må ikke være bange. Jeg vil personligt tage mig af jer og jeres familier.” Han forsøgte på alle måder at berolige og opmuntre dem med venlige ord.

Josefs død

22 Josef og hans brødre og deres familier blev boende i Egypten. Josef var efterhånden blevet 110 år gammel, 23 og han nåede at se sin søn Efraims børnebørn og Manasses søn Makirs børn. Han betragtede sine børnebørn som sine egne.

24 „Jeg skal snart dø,” sagde Josef til sine brødre, „men Gud vil helt sikkert føre jer ud af Egypten og bringe jer tilbage til det land, han lovede Abraham, Isak og Jakob.” 25 Så fik Josef sine brødre til at sværge på, at de ville opfylde hans sidste ønske: „Når Gud leder jer tilbage til Kanaʼan, så skal I tage mit lig med.”

26 Derefter døde Josef i en alder af 110 år. Han blev balsameret og lagt i en kiste.

Notas al pie

  1. 50,11 Det betyder: „egypternes sorg”.

New International Reader's Version

Genesis 50

1Joseph threw himself on his father’s body. He wept over him and kissed him. Then Joseph talked to the doctors who served him. He told them to prepare the body of his father Israel to be buried. So the doctors prepared it. They took 40 days to do it. They needed that much time to prepare a body in the right way. The Egyptians mourned for Jacob 70 days.

After the days of sadness had passed, Joseph went to Pharaoh’s officials. He said to them, “If you are pleased with me, speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him, ‘My father made me give my word to him. He said, “I’m about to die. Bury me in the tomb I dug for myself in the land of Canaan.” So let me go there and bury my father. Then I’ll come back.’ ”

Pharaoh said, “Go there and bury your father. Do what he made you promise to do.”

So Joseph went to Canaan to bury his father. All Pharaoh’s officials went with him. They were the important people of his court and all the leaders of Egypt. Joseph’s family also went. His brothers and all the rest of his father’s family went. Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen. Chariots and horsemen also went up with him. It was a very large group.

10 They came to Atad, a place where grain was processed. It was near the Jordan River. There they sobbed loudly and bitterly. Joseph set apart seven days of sadness to honor his father’s memory. 11 The Canaanites living in that area saw how sad all of them were. They said, “The Egyptians are having a very special service for the dead.” That’s why that place near the Jordan River is called Abel of the Egyptians.

12 So Jacob’s sons did exactly as he had commanded them. 13 They carried his body to the land of Canaan. They buried it in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre. Abraham had bought the cave as a place where he could bury his wife’s body. He had bought the cave and the field from Ephron, the Hittite. 14 After Joseph buried his father, he went back to Egypt. His brothers and all the others who had gone to help him bury his father went back with him.

Joseph Calms His Brothers’ Fears

15 Now that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers were worried. They said, “Remember all the bad things we did to Joseph? What if he decides to hold those things against us? What if he pays us back for them?” 16 So they sent a message to Joseph. They said, “Your father gave us directions before he died. 17 He said, ‘Here’s what you must say to Joseph. Tell him, “I’m asking you to forgive your brothers. Forgive the terrible things they did to you. Forgive them for treating you so badly.” ’ Now then, please forgive our sins. We serve the God of your father.” When their message came to Joseph, he wept.

18 Then his brothers came and threw themselves down in front of him. “We are your slaves,” they said.

19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Do you think I’m God? 20 You planned to harm me. But God planned it for good. He planned to do what is now being done. He wanted to save many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I’ll provide for you and your children.” He calmed their fears. And he spoke in a kind way to them.

Joseph Dies

22 Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father’s family. He lived 110 years. 23 He lived long enough to see Ephraim’s children and grandchildren. When the children of Makir were born, they were placed on Joseph’s knees and counted as his own children. Makir was the son of Manasseh.

24 Joseph said to his brothers, “I’m about to die. But God will surely come to help you. He’ll take you up out of this land. He’ll bring you to the land he promised to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” 25 Joseph made the Israelites promise him. He said, “God will surely come to help you. Then you must carry my bones up from this place.”

26 So Joseph died at the age of 110. They prepared his body to be buried. Then he was placed in a casket in Egypt.