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.
1Kenaka Yosefe anadzigwetsa pa nkhope ya abambo ake, nawapsompsona kwinaku akulira. 2Ndipo Yosefe analamula antchito ake a chipatala kuti akonze thupi la Israeli ndi mankhwala kuti lisawole. Kotero antchitowo anakonzadi thupilo. 3Antchito aja zinawatengera masiku 40 kuti akonze mtembo uja popeza ntchito ngati imeneyi inafunikira masiku monga amenewa. Ndipo Aigupto anamulira Yakobo kwa masiku makumi asanu ndi awiri.
4Yosefe atatha kulira maliro a abambo ake, anayankhula kwa nduna za Farao nati, “Ngati mungandikomere mtima, chonde mundiyankhulire kwa Farao kumuwuza kuti, 5‘Abambo anga anandilumbiritsa ndipo anati, ‘Ndatsala pangʼono kumwalira, ukandiyike mʼmanda amene ndinakumba ndekha mʼdziko la Kanaani.’ Tsono mundilole ndikayike abambo anga, ndipo ndikabweranso.’ ”
6Farao anati, “Pita ukayike abambo ako monga anakulumbiritsa kuti uchite.”
7Kotero Yosefe anapita kukayika abambo ake. Nduna zonse za Farao, akuluakulu a bwalo lake ndi akuluakulu a ku Igupto, anapita naye pamodzi. 8Anapitanso onse a pa banja la Yosefe ndi abale ake ndi onse amene anali a pa banja la abambo ake. Ana awo okha, nkhosa ndi ngʼombe zinatsala ku Goseni 9Asilikali okwera pa magaleta ndi asilikali a pa akavalo anapita nayenso pamodzi. Linali gulu lalikulu.
10Atafika pa Goreni ha-Atadi, pafupi ndi Yorodani, anachita mwambo waukulu wa maliro. Choncho Yosefe analira maliro a abambo ake masiku asanu ndi awiri. 11Akanaani amene ankakhala ku Goreni ha-Atadi ataona mwambo wa maliro anati, “Aigupto ali ndi mwambo wa maliro a akulu.” Ndi chifukwa chake malo amenewo a pafupi ndi Yorodani amatchedwa Abeli-Mizraimu.
12Choncho ana a Yakobo anachita monga momwe abambo awo anawalamula: 13Ndiye kuti ana a Yakobo anamunyamula kupita naye ku Kanaani kuti akamuyike mʼphanga limene lili mʼmunda wa Makipela pafupi ndi Mamre. Abrahamu anagula mundawo kwa Efroni Mhiti kuti pakhale manda. 14Atatha kuyika abambo ake, Yosefe anabwerera ku Igupto, pamodzi ndi abale ake ndi onse amene anapita nawo kukayika abambo ake.
Yosefe Abwereza Kutsimikizira Abale Ake
15Abale ake a Yosefe ataona kuti abambo awo amwalira, anati, “Nanga tidzatani ngati Yosefe anatisungira mangawa nafuna kutibwezera pa zoyipa zonse zimene tinamuchitira?” 16Motero anatumiza mawu kwa Yosefe kuti, “Abambo anu anasiya malangizo asanafe nati: 17‘Zimene mudzayenera kunena kwa Yosefe ndi izi: Ndikukupempha kuti uwakhululukire abale ako cholakwa chawo ndi machimo awo, popeza anakuchitira zoyipa.’ Ndiye tsopano chonde tikhululukireni zolakwa zimene ife akapolo a Mulungu wa abambo anu tinachita.” Yosefe atangomva mawu amenewa anayamba kulira.
18Kenaka abale ake anabwera nadzigwetsa pansi pamaso pake, nati, “Ife ndife akapolo anu.”
19Koma Yosefe anawawuza kuti, “Musachite mantha. Kodi ine ndalowa mʼmalo mwa Mulungu? 20Inu munafuna kundichitira zoyipa, koma Mulungu anasandutsa zoyipazo kuti zikhale zabwino kuti zikwaniritsidwe zimene zikuchitika panozi, zopulumutsa miyoyo yambiri. 21Kotero, musachite mantha. Ine ndidzasamalira inu pamodzi ndi ana anu omwe.” Tsono iye anawalimbitsa mtima powayankhula moleza mtima.
Kumwalira kwa Yosefe
22Yosefe anakhala mu Igupto pamodzi ndi banja lonse la abambo ake. Anakhala ndi moyo zaka 110 23ndipo anaona mʼbado wachitatu wa ana a Efereimu. Yosefe anatenganso ana a Makiri, mwana wa Manase kukhala ngati ana a mʼbanja lake.
24Kenaka Yosefe anati kwa abale ake, “Ine ndatsala pangʼono kufa. Koma mosakayika Mulungu adzakuyangʼanirani nadzakutengani kukutulutsani mʼdziko lino kupita ku dziko limene Iye analonjeza kwa Abrahamu, Isake ndi Yakobo.” 25Ndipo Yosefe analumbiritsa ana a Israeli lumbiro nati, “Lonjezani kuti Mulungu akadzakusungani mudzanyamula mafupa anga kuwachotsa ku malo kuno.”
26Choncho Yosefe anafa ali ndi zaka 110. Motero iwo atakonza thupi lake ndi mankhwala kuti lisawole, analiyika mʼbokosi ku Igupto.