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7 And 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 And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father’s house: only their little ones, and 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 company.

10 And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days.

11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim, which is beyond Jordan.

12 And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them:

13 For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a burying place of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.

14 And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Joseph was so highly thought of in Egypt that when he left Egypt to go up to Canaan to bury his father all Pharaoh’s officials and all the dignitaries of Egypt accompanied him. All the members of Joseph’s own household and his brothers’ households (all except children and flocks and herds) went with Joseph.  The scripture says, “Chariots and horsemen[a] also went up with him. It was a very large company.”

When this large party of mourners arrived at the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and Joseph observed another seven-day period of mourning for his father.  The Canaanites saw the Egyptian mourning ceremony and this caused them to call that place near Jordan, Abel Mizraim.

After Jacob’s sons had kept their promise to bury Jacob in the land of Canaan in the cave Abraham bought for a burial place, they all returned to Egypt.

Once again, I am impressed with the enormity of the wealth such an excursion of so many people must have cost.  Thinking about it gives us some idea of the level of importance Joseph had attained in Egypt.

Betty Killebrew

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