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Génesis 50:1-26

1José lançou-se sobre o rosto do pai e chorou sobre ele, beijando-o. 2Depois ordenou aos criados que mandassem embalsamar o corpo, o que foi feito pelos especialistas. 3O processo de embalsamento levou 40 dias e o luto nacional durou 70 dias.

4Passado esse período José foi ter com a corte do Faraó e disse-lhes que intercedessem junto do rei a favor dele: “Digam ao Faraó 5que o meu pai me fez jurar que levaria o seu corpo para a terra de Canaã para lá o sepultar. Digam-lhe que prometo regressar sem demora.”

6O Faraó concordou: “Vai e sepulta o teu pai tal como ele te pediu.”

7José foi e acompanharam-no o conjunto dos conselheiros do Faraó, assim como os seus assistentes e todos os anciãos da terra. 8Além deles foi também toda a família de José, assim como os seus irmãos e as respetivas famílias, deixando ficar apenas os meninos, os rebanhos e o gado, na terra de Gosen. 9Constituiu-se dessa forma um desfile extremamente concorrido, com carros e cavaleiros.

10Quando chegaram à Eira do Espinhal, do outro lado do Jordão, fizeram um grande e solene funeral com um período de sete dias de pesar pelo pai de José. 11A gente daquela terra, os cananeus, vendo aquilo chamaram ao sítio Abel-Mizraim (luto dos egípcios), porque diziam: “Isto deve ter sido um grande luto e uma grande perda para os egípcios!”

12Assim fizeram os filhos de Israel conforme lhes tinha ordenado; 13levaram o corpo para a terra de Canaã, sepultaram-no na gruta de Macpela que Abraão tinha comprado, com o campo em que se encontrava, a Efrom, o hitita, em frente de Mamre. 14Depois José voltou para o Egito, assim como os irmãos e todos aqueles que os acompanharam no funeral do pai.

15Contudo, agora que este falecera, os irmãos de José começaram a sentir receio: “A partir de agora”, diziam entre si, “José é capaz de querer vingar-se do mal que lhe fizemos.”

16Por isso, mandaram-lhe uma mensagem: “O teu pai antes de morrer deixou instruções 17pedindo-te que perdoasses aos teus irmãos as transgressões e o pecado que cometeram. Nós, que servimos o Deus do teu pai, rogamos-te pois que nos perdoes.” Quando José tomou conhecimento disto que lhe mandaram dizer não se conteve e chorou.

18Mais tarde, vieram os irmãos, que se inclinaram diante dele e disseram: “Somos teus servos.”

19Mas José respondeu: “Não tenham receio de mim. Sou eu Deus para poder julgar e castigar-vos? 20A verdade é que aquilo que vocês reconhecem como o mal que me fizeram, Deus o mudou em bem, e me elevou até este alto cargo que agora ocupo, de forma a salvar a vida de muita gente. 21Não, não tenham medo. Podem estar certos de que tomarei conta de vocês e das vossas famílias.” E assim lhes falou afetuosamente, retransmitindo-lhes confiança.

A morte de José

22José, os irmãos e suas respetivas famílias continuaram a viver no Egito. José tinha 110 anos quando morreu. 23Mas viveu o bastante para poder ver os filhos do seu filho Efraim e os filhos de Maquir, que era filho de Manassés, os quais teve a alegria de colocar nos seus joelhos.

24“Vou morrer em breve”, disse José aos irmãos, “mas Deus virá com certeza buscar-vos para vos tirar desta terra do Egito e vos levar para aquela que prometeu a Abraão, a Isaque e a Jacob.” 25E fez com que os irmãos lhe prometessem solenemente, com juramento, que levariam o seu corpo para Canaã.

26Assim morreu José com 110 anos. Embalsamaram-no e puseram-no num caixão, no Egito.

King James Version

Genesis 50:1-26

1And Joseph fell upon his father’s face, and wept upon him, and kissed him. 2And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel. 3And 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.50.3 mourned: Heb. wept 4And 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, 5My 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. 6And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.

7¶ And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8And 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. 9And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company. 10And they came to the threshingfloor 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. 11And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abel-mizraim, which is beyond Jordan.50.11 Abel-mizraim: that is, The mourning of the Egyptians 12And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them: 13For 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 buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.

14¶ And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.

15¶ 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. 16And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,50.16 sent: Heb. charged 17So 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. 18And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. 19And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20But 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. 21Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.50.21 kindly…: Heb. to their hearts

22¶ And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years. 23And 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.50.23 brought…: Heb. born 24And 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. 25And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. 26So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.