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Genesis 50

1Joseph threw himself on his father and wept over him and kissed him. Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him, taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

When 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, ‘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.’”

Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear to do.”

So Joseph went up to bury his father. All Pharaoh’s officials accompanied him—the dignitaries of his court and all the dignitaries of Egypt— besides 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. Chariots and horsemen[a] also went up with him. It was a very large company.

10 When 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. 11 When 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.[b]

12 So Jacob’s sons did as he had commanded them: 13 They 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. 14 After 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

15 When 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?” 16 So 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.

18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.

19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So 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

22 Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father’s family. He lived a hundred and ten years 23 and saw the third generation of Ephraim’s children. Also the children of Makir son of Manasseh were placed at birth on Joseph’s knees.[c]

24 Then 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.” 25 And 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.”

26 So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 50:9 Or charioteers
  2. Genesis 50:11 Abel Mizraim means mourning of the Egyptians.
  3. Genesis 50:23 That is, were counted as his

O Livro

Gênesis 50

11/2 José lançou­se sobre o rosto do pai e chorou sobre ele, beijando­o. Depois ordenou aos criados que mandassem embalsamar o corpo, o que foi feito pelos especialistas. O processo de embalsamento levou quarenta dias e o luto nacional durou setenta.

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

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

7/9 José foi e acompanharam­no o conjunto dos conselheiros de Faraó, assim como o dos seus assistentes e todos os anciãos da terra. Além disso foi também toda a família de José, assim como os seus irmãos e as respectivas famílias, deixando ficar apenas os meninos, os rebanhos e o gado. Constituiu­se dessa forma um desfile extremamente concorrido, com carros e com cavaleiros.

10/11 Quando 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. A gente daquela terra, os cananeus, vendo aquilo chamaram ao sítio Abel­Mizraim, porque diziam: “Isto deve ter sido um grande luto e uma grande perda para os egípcios!”

12/13 E assim fizeram os filhos de Israel conforme ele lhes tinha mandado; levaram o corpo para a terra de Canaã, sepultaram­no na gruta de Macpela que Abraão tinha comprado com o campo em que ela se encontrava, a Efrom o heteu, em frente de Mamre.

14/15 Depois José voltou para o Egipto, assim como os irmãos e todos aqueles que os acompanharam no funeral do pai. Mas agora que este falecera os irmãos de José começaram a ter receios: “A partir de agora”, diziam entre si, “José é capaz de querer vingar­se do mal que lhe fizemos.”

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

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

19/21 Mas José respondeu: “Não tenham receio de mim. Sou eu Deus para poder julgar e castigar­vos? A 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. Não, não tenham medo. Podem estar certos de que tomarei conta de vocês e das vossas famílias.” E assim lhes falou afectuosamente, retransmitindo­lhes confiança.

A morte de José

22/23 José, os irmãos e suas respectivas famílias continuaram a viver no Egipto. José tinha 110 anos quando morreu. Mas 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 ter nos seus joelhos.

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

26 Assim morreu José com 110 anos. Embalsamaram­no e puseram­no num caixão, no Egipto.