1Joseph threw himself on his father and wept over him and kissed him. 2Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him, 3taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.
4When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh’s court, “If I have found favor in your eyes, speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him, 5‘My father made me swear an oath and said, “I am about to die; bury me in the tomb I dug for myself in the land of Canaan.” Now let me go up and bury my father; then I will return.’ ”
6Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear to do.”
7So Joseph went up to bury his father. All Pharaoh’s officials accompanied him—the dignitaries of his court and all the dignitaries of Egypt— 8besides all the members of Joseph’s household and his brothers and those belonging to his father’s household. Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen. 9Chariots and horsemen50:9 Or charioteers also went up with him. It was a very large company.
10When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father. 11When the Canaanites who lived there saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “The Egyptians are holding a solemn ceremony of mourning.” That is why that place near the Jordan is called Abel Mizraim.50:11 Abel Mizraim means mourning of the Egyptians.
12So Jacob’s sons did as he had commanded them: 13They carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite. 14After burying his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, together with his brothers and all the others who had gone with him to bury his father.
Joseph Reassures His Brothers
15When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” 16So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 17‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.
18His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.
19But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
The Death of Joseph
22Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father’s family. He lived a hundred and ten years 23and saw the third generation of Ephraim’s children. Also the children of Makir son of Manasseh were placed at birth on Joseph’s knees.50:23 That is, were counted as his
24Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” 25And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.”
26So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.
Wosie Yakob Wɔ Kanaan
1Yosef tow ne ho hwee nʼagya so suu no, na ofew nʼano. 2Ɛno akyi no, Yosef maa ne duruyɛfo bɛhyɛɛ nʼagya Israel akyenkyennuru, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a, ɔrensɛe. Enti oduruyɛfo no hyɛɛ no akyenkyennuru. 3Wɔde adaduanan na ɛhyɛɛ Israel akyenkyennuru no, efisɛ saa nna dodow no na ɛsɛ sɛ wɔde hyɛ no aduru no. Misraimfo suu no nnafua aduɔson.
4Wosuu no wiee no, Yosef kasa kyerɛɛ Farao fifo se, “Sɛ manya mo anim anuonyam a, monka nkyerɛ Farao mma me se, 5‘Mʼagya ma mekaa ntam,’ na ɔkae se: Hwɛ, aka kakra na mawu. Enti sɛ miwu a, ɔboda a mʼankasa mitwaa wɔ Kanaan asase so no mu na munkosie me. ‘Enti momma me kwan mma minkosie mʼagya, na mɛsan aba.’ ”
6Farao penee akwansrɛ no so, kae se, “Kɔ na kosie wʼagya, sɛnea ɔmaa wo kaa no ntam no.”
7Enti Yosef kɔ kosiee nʼagya. Farao asomfo nyinaa ne ne mpanyimfo ne nʼatenankongua ne Misraim nnipa titiriw nyinaa kogyaa Yosef ayi 8kaa Yosef fifo nyinaa a ne nuabarimanom ne nʼagya fifo no ho. Wɔn mma ne wɔn nguan ne wɔn anantwi nko ara na wogyaw wɔn wɔ Gosen asase so hɔ. 9Nteaseɛnam ne apɔnkɔsotefo nso kaa wɔn ho kɔɔ ayi no bi. Nnipadɔm pa ara na wɔkɔe.
10Woduu Atad a ne nkyerɛase ne baabi a wɔpo atoko, a ɛbɛn Asubɔnten Yordan no, wɔde nnanson twaa agyaadwo, yɛɛ Yosef agya Israel ayi kɛse wɔ hɔ. 11Bere a Kanaanfo a na wɔte asase no so huu sɛnea wosi yɛɛ ayi no wɔ Atad no, wɔkae se, “Eyi yɛ ayi kɛse bi a Misraimfo ayɛ.” Ɛno nti, Kanaanfo a wɔte asase no so no too hɔ din Abel-Misraim, a ne nkyerɛase ne Misraimfo reyɛ ayi kɛse.
12Enti Yakob mmabarima no yɛɛ sɛnea wɔn agya kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ wɔnyɛ no pɛpɛɛpɛ. 13Wɔsoaa no, de no kɔɔ Kanaan asase so, kosiee no wɔ ɔboda a ɛwɔ Makpela a ɛbɛn Mamrɛ afuw a na Abraham atɔ afi Hetini Efron nkyɛn de ayɛ amusiei no mu. 14Yosef siee nʼagya wiee no, ɔne ne nuanom ne wɔn a wokogyaa no ayi no nyinaa san baa Misraim.
Yosef De Ne Nuanom Bɔne Kyɛ Wɔn
15Yosef agya wu akyi no, ne nuanom no de ehu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn ho wɔn ho se, “Sɛ ɛba sɛ Yosef da so wɔ yɛn ho menasepɔw, na otua yɛn bɔne ahorow a yɛayɛ no nyinaa so ka a, na yɛreyɛ no dɛn?” 16Enti wotuu nnipa kɔɔ Yosef hɔ kɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Wʼagya kaa saa asɛm yi ansa na ɔrewu. 17‘Asɛm yi na ɛsɛ sɛ moka kyerɛ Yosef: Mesrɛ wo, fa bɔne ahorow a wo nuanom ayɛ wo no nyinaa kyɛ wɔn.’ Enti afei mesrɛ wo, fa Onyankopɔn a wʼagya som no no nkoa bɔne kyɛ wɔn.” Bere a Yosef tee asɛm a ne nuanom no kae no, osui.
18Yosef nuabarimanom no bɛtotow wɔn ho guguu nʼanim, kae se, “Yɛyɛ wo nkoa.”
19Nanso Yosef ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Munnsuro me! Meyɛ Onyankopɔn a metumi abu mo atɛn, atwe mo aso ana? 20Ɛwɔ mu sɛ moyɛɛ mo adwene sɛ mobɛyɛ me bɔne de, nanso na Onyankopɔn adwene ne sɛ, ɛbɛdan ade pa, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a obetumi agye nnipa dodow nkwa, sɛnea ɔreyɛ no nnɛ yi. 21Enti munnsuro! Mʼankasa mede biribiara a ehia mo ne mo mma nyinaa bɛma mo.” Yosef nam saa kasakyerɛ yi so hyɛɛ wɔn bɔ sɛ, ɔrenyɛ wɔn bɔne biara.
22Yosef ankasa ne ne nuanom ne nʼagya abusuafo nyinaa tenaa Misraim asase so. Odii mfe ɔha ne du ansa na ɔrewu. 23Yosef huu Efraim mma nena ne Manase ba Makir mma nso. Wɔwoo wɔn guu ne srɛ so.
24Na, Yosef ka kyerɛɛ ne nuabarimanom no se, “Ɛrenkyɛ biara na mawu. Nanso Onyankopɔn bɛboa mo, ayi mo afi saa asase yi so, de mo akɔ bɔhyɛ asase a ɔkaa ho ntam sɛ ɔde bɛma Abraham, Isak ne Yakob no so.” 25Yosef maa Israel mmabarima no kaa ntam, na Yosef kae se, “Nokware, Onyankopɔn bedi aboa mo. Sɛ miwu nso a, monsoa me nnompe mfi ha nkɔ Kanaan asase so.”
26Yosef dii mfe ɔha ne du, na owui. Wɔhyɛɛ no akyenkyennuru de no too funnaka mu wɔ Misraim.