1Basi Yosefu akamwangukia baba yake, akalilia juu yake na akambusu. 250:2 Mwa 50:26; 2Nya 16:14Ndipo Yosefu akawaagiza matabibu waliokuwa wakimhudumia, wamtie baba yake Israeli dawa ili asioze. Hivyo matabibu wakamtia dawa asioze, 350:3 Kum 1:3; Mwa 30:27wakatumia siku arobaini, kwa maana ndio muda uliotakiwa wa kutia dawa ili asioze. Nao Wamisri wakamwombolezea Yakobo kwa siku sabini.
450:4 Mwa 27:41Siku za kumwombolezea zilipokwisha, Yosefu akawaambia washauri wa Farao, “Kama nimepata kibali machoni penu semeni na Farao kwa ajili yangu. Mwambieni, 550:5 Mwa 24:37; 2Sam 18:18‘Baba yangu aliniapisha na kuniambia, “Mimi niko karibu kufa; unizike katika kaburi lile nililochimba kwa ajili yangu mwenyewe katika nchi ya Kanaani.” Sasa nakuomba uniruhusu niende kumzika baba yangu, nami nitarudi.’ ”
6Farao akasema, “Panda, uende kumzika baba yako, kama alivyokuapiza kufanya.”
750:7 Mwa 45:16Hivyo Yosefu akapanda kwenda kumzika baba yake. Maafisa wote wa Farao wakaenda pamoja naye, watu mashuhuri wa baraza lake na watu mashuhuri wote wa Misri. 8Hawa ni mbali na watu wote wa nyumbani kwa Yosefu, na ndugu zake, na wale wote wa nyumbani mwa baba yake. Ni watoto wao, makundi yao ya kondoo, mbuzi na ngʼombe tu waliobakia katika nchi ya Gosheni. 950:9 Mwa 41:43Magari makubwa na wapanda farasi pia walipanda pamoja naye. Likawa kundi kubwa sana.
1050:10 Hes 15:20; 1Sam 31:13Walipofika kwenye sakafu ya kupuria nafaka ya Atadi, karibu na Yordani, wakalia kwa sauti na kwa uchungu; Yosefu akapumzika huko kwa siku saba kumwombolezea baba yake. 1150:11 Mwa 10:18; 37:34Wakanaani walioishi huko walipoona maombolezo yaliyofanyika katika sakafu ile ya kupuria ya Atadi, wakasema, “Wamisri wanafanya maombolezo makubwa.” Kwa hiyo mahali pale karibu na Yordani pakaitwa Abel-Mizraimu.50:11 Abel-Mizraimu maana yake Maombolezo ya Wamisri.
12Hivyo wana wa Yakobo wakafanya kama baba yao alivyowaagiza: 1350:13 Mwa 23:20Wakamchukua mpaka nchi ya Kanaani, wakamzika kwenye pango katika shamba la Makpela, karibu na Mamre, ambalo Abrahamu alilinunua kutoka kwa Efroni, Mhiti, pamoja na shamba liwe mahali pa kuzikia. 14Baada ya Yosefu kumzika baba yake, akarudi Misri pamoja na ndugu zake na wale wote waliokuwa wamekwenda naye kumzika baba yake.
Yosefu Awaondolea Ndugu Zake Mashaka
1550:15 Mwa 37:28Ndugu zake Yosefu walipoona kwamba baba yao amekufa, wakasema, “Itakuwaje kama Yosefu ataweka kinyongo dhidi yetu na kutulipa mabaya yote tuliyomtendea?” 16Kwa hiyo wakampelekea Yosefu ujumbe, wakasema, “Kabla baba yako hajafa aliacha maagizo haya: 1750:17 Mt 6:14; Mwa 29:11‘Hili ndilo mtakalomwambia Yosefu: Ninakuomba uwasamehe ndugu zako dhambi na mabaya kwa vile walivyokutenda vibaya.’ Sasa tafadhali samehe dhambi za watumishi wa Mungu wa baba yako.” Ujumbe huu ulipomfikia, Yosefu akalia.
1850:18 Mwa 37:7Ndipo ndugu zake wakaja na kujitupa chini mbele yake. Wakasema, “Sisi ni watumwa wako.”
1950:19 Rum 12:19; Ebr 10:30Lakini Yosefu akawaambia, “Msiogope. Je, mimi ni badala ya Mungu? 2050:20 Rum 8:28; Mwa 45:5Mlikusudia kunidhuru, lakini Mungu alikusudia mema, ili litimie hili linalofanyika sasa, kuokoa maisha ya watu wengi. 2150:21 Mwa 45:11; Efe 4:32Hivyo basi, msiogope. Mimi nitawatunza ninyi nyote pamoja na watoto wenu.” Akawahakikishia na kusema nao kwa wema.
Kifo Cha Yosefu
2250:22 Mwa 25:7; Yos 24:29Yosefu akakaa katika nchi ya Misri, yeye pamoja na jamaa yote ya baba yake. Akaishi miaka 110, 23naye akaona kizazi cha tatu cha watoto wa Efraimu. Pia akaona watoto wa Makiri mwana wa Manase, wakawekwa magotini mwa Yosefu walipozaliwa.
2450:24 Rut 1:6; Za 35:2; Mwa 12:7Ndipo Yosefu akawaambia ndugu zake, “Mimi ninakaribia kufa. Lakini kwa hakika Mungu atawasaidia na kuwachukueni kutoka nchi hii na kuwapeleka katika nchi aliyomwahidi kwa kiapo Abrahamu, Isaki na Yakobo.” 25Naye Yosefu akawaapisha wana wa Israeli na kuwaambia, “Hakika Mungu atawasaidia, nanyi ni lazima mhakikishe mmepandisha mifupa yangu kutoka mahali hapa.”
26Kwa hiyo Yosefu akafa akiwa na umri wa miaka 110. Baada ya kumtia dawa ili asioze, akawekwa kwenye jeneza huko Misri.
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 favour 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.