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.
Wɔsie Yakob Wɔ Kanaan
1Afei, Yosef too ne ho hwee nʼagya so suiɛ, fee nʼano. 2Ɛno akyiri no, Yosef maa nʼaduruyɛfoɔ bɛhyɛɛ nʼagya Israel akyenkyennuro, sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, ɔrensɛe. Enti, aduroyɛfoɔ no hyɛɛ no akyenkyennuro. 3Wɔde adaduanan na ɛhyɛɛ Israel akyenkyennuro no, ɛfiri sɛ, saa nna dodoɔ no na ɛsɛ sɛ wɔde hyɛ no aduro no. Misraimfoɔ suu no nnafua aduɔson.
4Wɔsuu no wieeɛ no, Yosef kasa kyerɛɛ Farao fiefoɔ sɛ, “Sɛ manya mo anim animuonyam a, monka nkyerɛ Farao mma me sɛ, 5‘Mʼagya maa mekaa ntam,’ na ɔkaa sɛ: Hwɛ, aka kakra na mawu. Enti, sɛ mewu a, ɔboda a mʼankasa metwaa wɔ Kanaan asase so no mu na monkɔsie me. ‘Enti, mommisa otumfoɔ Farao ɛkwan mma me na menkɔsie mʼagya, na mɛsane maba.’ ”
6Farao penee akwansra no so, kaa sɛ, “Kɔ na kɔsie wʼagya, sɛdeɛ ɔmaa wo kaa no ntam no.”
7Ɛno enti, Yosef kɔ kɔsiee nʼagya. Farao asomfoɔ nyinaa ne ne mpanimfoɔ ne nʼatenankonnwa ne Misraim nnipa titire nyinaa kɔgyaa Yosef ayie. 8Ɛno akyiri, Yosef fiefoɔ nyinaa a ne nuammarimanom ne nʼagya fiefoɔ ka ho ne no kɔɔ ayie no. Wɔn mma ne wɔn nnwan ne wɔn anantwie nko ara na wɔgyaa wɔn wɔ Gosen asase so hɔ. 9Nteaseɛnam ne apɔnkɔsotefoɔ nso kaa wɔn ho kɔɔ ayie no bi. Nnipadɔm pa ara na wɔkɔeɛ.
10Wɔduruu Atad a nʼasekyerɛ ne baabi a wɔpo atokoɔ, a ɛwɔ Asubɔnten Yordan atɔeɛ fam no, wɔde nnanson twaa agyaadwoɔ, yɛɛ Yosef agya Israel ayi kɛseɛ wɔ hɔ. 11Ɛberɛ a Kanaanfoɔ a na wɔte asase no so hunuu sɛdeɛ wɔsi yɛɛ ayie no wɔ Atad no, wɔkaa sɛ, “Yei yɛ ayi kɛseɛ bi a Misraimfoɔ ayɛ.” Ɛno enti, Kanaanfoɔ a wɔte asase no so no too hɔ edin Abel-Misraim, a asekyerɛ ne Misraimfoɔ ayi kɛseɛ yɛ.
12Enti, Yakob mmammarima no yɛɛ sɛdeɛ wɔn agya kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ wɔnyɛ no pɛpɛɛpɛ. 13Wɔsoaa no, de no kɔɔ Kanaan asase so, kɔsiee no wɔ ɔboda a ɛwɔ Makpela a ɛbɛn Mamrɛ afuo a na Abraham atɔ afiri Hetini Efron nkyɛn de ayɛ amusieeɛ no mu. 14Yosef siee nʼagya wieeɛ no, ɔne ne nuanom ne wɔn a wɔkɔgyaa no ayie no nyinaa sane baa Misraim.
Yosef De Ne Nuanom Bɔne Kyɛ Wɔn
15Yosef agya wuo akyiri no, ne nuanom no de ehu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn ho wɔn ho sɛ, “Sɛ ɛba sɛ Yosef da so wɔ yɛn ho menasepɔ, na ɔtua yɛn bɔne ahodoɔ a yɛayɛ no nyinaa so ka a, na yɛreyɛ no ɛdeɛn.” 16Enti, wɔtuu nnipa kɔɔ Yosef hɔ kɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Wʼagya kaa saa asɛm yi ansa na ɔrewu. 17‘Asɛm yi na ɛsɛ sɛ moka kyerɛ Yosef: Mesrɛ wo, fa bɔne ahodoɔ a wo nuanom ayɛ wo no nyinaa kyɛ wɔn.’ Enti, afei mesrɛ wo, fa Onyankopɔn a wʼagya somm no no nkoa bɔne kyɛ wɔn.” Ɛberɛ a Yosef tee asɛm a ne nuanom no kaeɛ no, ɔsuiɛ.
18Yosef nuammarima no bɛtotoo wɔn ho guguu nʼanim, kaa sɛ, “Yɛyɛ wo nkoa.”
19Nanso, Yosef ka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Monnsuro me! Meyɛ Onyankopɔn a mɛtumi abu mo atɛn, atwe mo aso anaa? 20Ɛwom sɛ moyɛɛ mo adwene sɛ mobɛyɛ me bɔne deɛ, nanso na Onyankopɔn adwene ne sɛ, ɛbɛdane ade pa, sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, ɔbɛtumi agye nnipa dodoɔ nkwa, sɛdeɛ ɔreyɛ no ɛnnɛ yi. 21Enti, monnsuro! Mʼankasa mede biribiara a ɛhia 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 abusuafoɔ nyinaa tenaa Misraim asase so. Ɔdii mfeɛ ɔha ne edu ansa na ɔrewu. 23Yosef hunuu Efraim mma nana ne Manase ba Makir mma nso. Wɔwoo wɔn guu ne srɛ so.
24Afei, Yosef ka kyerɛɛ ne nuammarima no sɛ, “Ɛrenkyɛre biara na mawu. Nanso, Onyankopɔn bɛboa mo, ayi mo afiri 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 mmammarima no kaa ntam, na Yosef kaa sɛ, “Nokorɛm, Onyankopɔn bɛdi aboa mo. Sɛ mewu nso a, monsoa me nnompe mfiri ha nkɔ Kanaan asase so.”
26Yosef dii mfeɛ ɔha ne edu, na ɔwuiɛ. Wɔhyɛɛ no akyenkyennuro de no too efunu adaka mu wɔ Misraim.