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  1. Genesis 50:22-26

    . Gen 50:22-26 . . So Joseph and his father's household remained in
    Egypt. Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. Joseph lived to see
    children of the third generation of Ephraim: the children of Machir,
    son of Manasseh, were likewise born upon Joseph's knees.

    . . . At length, Joseph said to his kin: I am about to die. God will
    surely take notice of you and bring you up from this land to the land
    that He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac, and
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  2. Genesis 50:10-21

    . Gen 50:10 . .When they came to Gorena ha-Atad, which is beyond
    the Jordan, they held there a very great and solemn lamentation;
    and he observed a mourning period of seven days for his father.

    A geographic location described as "beyond the Jordan" suggests the east
    side of the river but the term is ambiguous and can just as easily mean west
    (e.g. Deut 3:18-20).

    The Hebrew word for Gorena is goren (go'-ren) which identifies smooth
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  3. Genesis 50:4-9

    . Gen 50:4a . . and when the wailing period was over, Joseph spoke
    to Pharaoh's court

    It's curious that Joseph didn't meet with Pharaoh in person; I mean, after
    all, Joseph was second in command over the entire country of Egypt, and
    certainly outranked all of Pharaoh's courtiers. It's guessed by some that in
    the Egypt of Joseph's day, a dead man's close kin were deemed unfit to
    approach a Pharaoh. Whether it was for religious reasons, or
  4. Genesis 50:1-3

    . Gen 50:1 . . Joseph threw himself upon his father's face and wept
    over him and kissed him.

    It almost looks like Joseph smothered his dad; but in reality that scene was
    probably a bit difficult to put in writing because there's so much emotion. I
    think what we're actually looking at there is a one last cheek-to-cheek
    farewell with Joseph clutching his father's hand; and I would not have liked
    to be in the room when it took place because Joseph
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  5. Genesis 49:22-33

    . Gen 49:22 . . Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring,
    whose branches climb over a wall.

    Jacob's assessment of Joseph is similar to the assessment of a blessed man
    in the very first Psalm.

    "Blessed is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked, nor
    taken the path of sinners, nor joined the company of the insolent; rather,
    Yhvh's teaching is his delight, and he studies that teaching day and night. He
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