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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

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1Joseph threw himself upon his father, kissing him and weeping for him. 2And Joseph instructed his servants, the embalmers, saying, Embalm my father in accordance with the best Egyptian practice. 3They spent forty days embalming Israel; and when the forty days of Israel's embalming were over, they spent another eighty days mourning for him. 4And when the days of Pharaoh's mourning were over (for he had been weeping for Jacob because of his love for Joseph), Joseph spoke with Pharaoh's great ones and 5said to them, If I may claim this favour from you, speak on my behalf to Pharaoh the king saying, My father made me take an oath when he was about to go forth from the body, saying, Bury my body in my fathers' grave in the land of Canaan. 6So now I ask to be allowed to go and 1 Lit. ‘Now, therefore, let him bid me that I’. bury my father there and come back again. 7Pharaoh the king said to Joseph the wise, Go in peace and bury your father as he made you swear to do: take with you chariots and wagons, and all the great ones of my kingdom, and as many of my servants as you need. 8Joseph worshipped God in Pharaoh's presence and went out from him. 9 And Joseph set out to bury his father. 10Many of 2 Lit. ‘All’. Pharaoh's servants went with him, and the elders of Egypt, as well as all Joseph's household, and his brothers, and the whole of Israel's household. 11And there went up with him chariots and horsemen: they were a very great company. 12And they stopped at the threshing floor of Gadad, which is on the bank on the other side of Jordan. 13They mourned for him there with a great and bitter mourning; and they mourned for him for seven days. 14Those in the lowland heard the mourning at the threshing-floor of Gadad, and they said, This great mourning is a mourning of the Egyptians, so that that place is called ‘The Mourning of Egypt’ to this day. 15They took Israel and buried him in the land of Canaan in the double grave that Abraham had bought as a burial-place 3 Lit. ‘property, possession’. for silver from Ephron the Hittite, opposite Mamre. 16And Joseph returned to Egypt together with his brothers and the party from Pharaoh's household. 17After his father's death Joseph lived for many more years and was king over Egypt. 18But Jacob Israel died and was laid with his people.

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1 Lit. ‘Now, therefore, let him bid me that I’.

2 Lit. ‘All’.

3 Lit. ‘property, possession’.

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