27 And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.
28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.
29 And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt:
30 But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their buryingplace. And he said, I will do as thou hast said.
31 And he said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed’s head.
K.J.V. Bible Text
While the Egyptians themselves were impoverished by the famine, the Israelites settled in Goshen, acquired property and increased in number. (Surely there must have been Egyptians that harbored resentment!)
When Jacob had lived in Egypt seventeen years and was a hundred and forty-seven years old, knowing he was about to die, he sent for his son Joseph. By the dialogue in the scripture, it seems that although Jacob was the head of the Israelite family, they were all living under the good will of Joseph, for Jacob said to him, ‘If now I have found grace in thy sight…” He then asked Joseph to take him out of Egypt, back to the land of his fathers for burial.
It must have been a magnificient blessing for old Jacob to find his lost son Joseph living in such magnificence and through Joseph to see his family thrive in spite of the famine, but the old man must have sorely missed his home country.
I believe it is always sad when a person who is not able to return home in life, goes there in death, so I felt sad when I read this passage.
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