Genesis 50:1-14 Jacob is embalmed and buried
Joseph fell on his father's face, and wept over him, and kissed him. 2 And Joseph commanded his servants
the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel. 3 Forty days were required for him,
for such are the days required for those who are embalmed; and the Egyptians
mourned for him seventy days.
4 And when
the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh,
saying, "If now I have found favor in your eyes, please speak in the
hearing of Pharaoh, saying, 5
'My father made me swear, saying, "Behold, I am dying; in my grave which I
dug for myself in the land of Canaan, there you shall bury me." Now
therefore, please let me go up and bury my father, and I will come back.' " 6
And Pharaoh said, "Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear."
7 So 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,
8 as well as all the house of
Joseph, his brothers, and his father's house. Only their little ones, their
flocks, and their herds they left in the land of Goshen.
9 And there went up with him
both chariots and horsemen, and it was a very great gathering. 10 Then they came to the threshing
floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and they mourned there with
a great and very solemn lamentation. He observed seven days of mourning for his
father. 11 And when the
inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, "This is a deep
mourning of the Egyptians." Therefore its name was called Abel Mizraim,
which is beyond the Jordan.
12 So his
sons did for him just as he had commanded them. 13 For his sons carried him to the land of Canaan,
and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre, which
Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite as property for a burial
place. 14 And after he had
buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, he and his brothers and all
who went up with him to bury his father.
Jacob was embalmed in Egypt at the command of
Joseph. It took 40 days to embalm him.
The Egyptians mourned for Jacob 70 days.
At the end of the 70 days of mourning, Joseph
asked permission of Pharaoh to honor his father’s request to be buried in the land of Canaan
and to allow Joseph to go to Canaan to bury
his father. Pharaoh granted Joseph’s
The servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his
house, and all the elders of Egypt
went with Joseph to the land
of Canaan to bury Jacob
as well as all the house of Joseph, his brothers, and his father’s house. Only the little ones were left in Goshen with the flocks
and herds. It was a very great entourage
with chariots and horsemen who went with Joseph.
When they came to the threshing floor of Atad,
they observed 7 more days of mourning, and the Canaanites who saw the mourning
said, “This is a grievous mourning of the Egyptians.” So they named the place Abel Mizraim
(mourning of Egypt) which is
beyond the Jordan.
The Children of Israel did as their father had
requested, and Jacob was buried in the cave of Machpelah
before Mamre which is the site Abraham had purchased as a burial place.
After the burial, Joseph and all who went with
him returned to Egypt.