Genesis 47:30 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 47:30, NIV: "but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.' 'I will do as you say,' he said."

Genesis 47:30, ESV: "but let me lie with my fathers. Carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burying place.” He answered, “I will do as you have said.”"

Genesis 47:30, KJV: "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."

Genesis 47:30, NASB: "but when I lie down with my fathers, you shall carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place.' And he said, 'I will do as you have said.'"

Genesis 47:30, NLT: "When I die, please take my body out of Egypt and bury me with my ancestors.' So Joseph promised, 'I will do as you ask.'"

Genesis 47:30, CSB: "When I rest with my ancestors, carry me away from Egypt and bury me in their burial place."Joseph answered, "I will do what you have asked.""

What does Genesis 47:30 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob is preparing for his own death, and has called Joseph to his side. He is asking Joseph to swear an oath promising not to allow him to be buried in Egypt (Genesis 47:29). Instead, he is asking Joseph to "deal kindly and truly" with him by taking his body back to Canaan to be buried with his fathers in their burying place. This included demanding that Joseph solemnly vow to fulfill the promise.

The family tomb was originally purchased by Abraham after Sarah died (Genesis 23:17–20). It was known as the cave of Machpelah, and it was located east of Mamre. Abraham was buried there (Genesis 25:9), as was Isaac (Genesis 35:27–29). Now Jacob wanted Joseph to bury him there, as well. Joseph agrees to do as his father says (Genesis 50:12–14).