Genesis 50:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 50:6, NIV: Pharaoh said, 'Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear to do.'

Genesis 50:6, ESV: And Pharaoh answered, “Go up, and bury your father, as he made you swear.”

Genesis 50:6, KJV: And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.

Genesis 50:6, NASB: Pharaoh said, 'Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear.'

Genesis 50:6, NLT: Pharaoh agreed to Joseph's request. 'Go and bury your father, as he made you promise,' he said.

Genesis 50:6, CSB: So Pharaoh said, "Go and bury your father in keeping with your oath."

What does Genesis 50:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph has brought a request to Pharaoh, through a member of the household, to leave Egypt to bury his father. Jacob has recently died (Genesis 49:33) and was adamant about being buried in his family tomb in Canaan (Genesis 47:29–30). Joseph has made it clear that he swore, on his honor, to fulfill this request (Genesis 50:5).

Pharaoh agrees, apparently with no hesitation whatsoever. Thanks to Joseph's impeccable integrity and success, Egypt's ruler has always agreed to Joseph's requests. At times, he has given far more than was asked for (Genesis 45:16–20). Joseph clearly found favor in Pharaoh's eyes. His God-given interpretation of Pharaoh's dream saved Egypt from starvation (Genesis 41:28–31, 53–57). Joseph's administration also made Pharaoh an enormously wealthy and powerful (Genesis 47:20–21).

In addition, doubtless with Pharaoh's approval, Egypt has just completed 70 days of mourning for Jacob. It comes as no surprise to read that he will allow Joseph to bury his own father, and to honor his last request.