10 When they came to the [a]threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they (A)mourned there with a very great and [b]sorrowful lamentation; and he [c]observed seven days of mourning for his father. 11 Now when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning at [d]the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a [e]grievous [f]mourning for the Egyptians.” Therefore it was named [g]Abel-mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan.

Burial at Machpelah

12 And so his sons did for him as he had commanded them; 13 for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in (B)the cave of the field of Machpelah opposite Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field as a [h]burial site from Ephron the Hittite. 14 And after he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, he and his brothers, and all who had gone up with him to bury his father.

15 When Joseph’s brothers had seen that their father was dead, they said, “(C)What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!” 16 So they sent instructions to Joseph, saying, “Your father commanded us before he died, saying, 17 ‘This is what you shall say to Joseph: “Please forgive, I beg you, the offense of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong.”’ And now, please forgive the offense of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 Then his brothers also came and (D)fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? 20 As for you, (E)you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about [i]this present result, to keep many people alive.

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  1. Genesis 50:10 Heb Goren ha-Atad
  2. Genesis 50:10 Lit heavy
  3. Genesis 50:10 Lit made a mourning for seven days
  4. Genesis 50:11 Heb Goren ha-Atad
  5. Genesis 50:11 Lit heavy
  6. Genesis 50:11 Heb ebel
  7. Genesis 50:11 I.e., the meadow (or mourning) of Egypt
  8. Genesis 50:13 Lit possession of a burial place
  9. Genesis 50:20 Lit as this day