14 Sat Jul 2007
Then he charged them, saying to them, â€œI am about to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my ancestorsâ€”in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite, in the cave in the field at Machpelah, near Mamre, in the land of Canaan, in the field that Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite as a burial site. There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried; there Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried; and there I buried Leahâ€” the field and the cave that is in it were purchased from the Hittites.â€
Realizing that their father was dead, Josephâ€™s brothers said, â€œWhat if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?â€ So they approached Joseph, saying, â€œYour father gave this instruction before he died, â€˜Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.â€™ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.â€ Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, â€œWe are here as your slaves.â€ But Joseph said to them, â€œDo not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.â€ In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.
So Joseph remained in Egypt, he and his fatherâ€™s household; and Joseph lived one hundred ten years. Joseph saw Ephraimâ€™s children of the third generation; the children of Machir son of Manasseh were also born on Josephâ€™s knees. Then Joseph said to his brothers, â€œI am about to die; but God will surely come to you, and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.â€ So Joseph made the Israelites swear, saying, â€œWhen God comes to you, you shall carry up my bones from here.â€ And Joseph died, being one hundred ten years old; he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.