Genesis 50:3
New International Version
taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

New Living Translation
The embalming process took the usual forty days. And the Egyptians mourned his death for seventy days.

English Standard Version
Forty days were required for it, for that is how many are required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.

Berean Study Bible
taking the forty days required to complete the embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

New American Standard Bible
Now forty days were required for it, for such is the period required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.

King James Bible
And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.

Christian Standard Bible
They took forty days to complete this, for embalming takes that long, and the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

Contemporary English Version
and it took the usual 40 days. The Egyptians mourned 70 days for Jacob.

Good News Translation
It took forty days, the normal time for embalming. The Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They took 40 days to complete this, for embalming takes that long, and the Egyptians mourned for him 70 days.

International Standard Version
It took 40 days to complete the process, the normal period required for embalming. Meanwhile, the Egyptians mourned for him for 70 days.

NET Bible
They took forty days, for that is the full time needed for embalming. The Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

New Heart English Bible
Forty days were fulfilled for him, for that is how many the days it takes to embalm. The Egyptians wept for him for seventy days.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The embalming was completed in the usual time-40 days. The Egyptians mourned for him 70 days.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him threescore and ten days.

New American Standard 1977
Now forty days were required for it, for such is the period required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those who are embalmed; and the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

King James 2000 Bible
And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those who are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him three score and ten days.

American King James Version
And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him three score and ten days.

American Standard Version
And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of embalming: and the Egyptians wept for him three-score and ten days.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And they fulfilled forty days for him, for so are the days of embalming numbered; and Egypt mourned for him seventy days.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And while they were fulfilling his commands, there passed forty days: for this was the manner with bodies that were embalmed, and Egypt mounted for him seventy days.

Darby Bible Translation
And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those who are embalmed. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

English Revised Version
And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of embalming: and the Egyptians wept for him threescore and ten days.

Webster's Bible Translation
And forty days were fulfilled for him; (for so are fulfilled the days of those who are embalmed:) and the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

World English Bible
Forty days were fulfilled for him, for that is how many the days it takes to embalm. The Egyptians wept for him for seventy days.

Young's Literal Translation
and they fulfil for him forty days, for so they fulfil the days of the embalmed, and the Egyptians weep for him seventy days.
Study Bible
Mourning and Burial for Jacob
2And Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So they embalmed him, 3taking the forty days required to complete the embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days. 4When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh’s court, “If I have found favor in your eyes, please tell Pharaoh that…
Cross References
Genesis 50:4
When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh's court, "If I have found favor in your eyes, please tell Pharaoh that

Genesis 50:10
When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, which is across the Jordan, they lamented and wailed loudly, and Joseph mourned for his father seven days.

Numbers 20:29
When all the congregation saw that Aaron had died, the entire house of Israel mourned for him thirty days.

Deuteronomy 34:8
The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning for Moses came to an end.

Treasury of Scripture

And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him three score and ten days.

forty days.

mourned.

Numbers 20:29
And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

Deuteronomy 21:13
And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.

Deuteronomy 34:8
And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.







Lexicon
taking the forty
אַרְבָּעִ֣ים (’ar·bā·‘îm)
Number - common plural
Strong's Hebrew 705: Forty

days
י֔וֹם (yō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

required to complete
וַיִּמְלְאוּ־ (way·yim·lə·’ū-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4390: To fill, be full of

the embalming.
הַחֲנֻטִ֑ים (ha·ḥă·nu·ṭîm)
Article | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2590: To spice, to embalm, to ripen

And the Egyptians
מִצְרַ֖יִם (miṣ·ra·yim)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4713: Egyptian -- inhabitant of Egypt

mourned
וַיִּבְכּ֥וּ (way·yiḇ·kū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1058: To weep, to bemoan

for him seventy
שִׁבְעִ֥ים (šiḇ·‘îm)
Number - common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7657: Seventy (a cardinal number)

days.
יְמֵ֣י (yə·mê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day
(3) Forty days.--Herodotus (ii. 86) describes the process of embalming as occupying seventy days, but he was speaking of what he saw at Thebes, whereas Memphis was the Egyptian capital in Joseph's time; and the mummies of Thebes are, we are told, far more perfectly preserved than those of Memphis. Diodorus agrees very nearly with the periods mentioned here, saying (i. 91) that the embalming took somewhat more than thirty days, and the mourning for a king seventy-two. The usual period of mourning among the Israelites was thirty days (Numbers 20:29 : Deuteronomy 34:8). Probably, therefore, the forty days spent in the embalming were included in the "threescore and ten days," during which the Egyptians mourned for Jacob.

Verse 3. - And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those who are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned (literally, wept) for him threescore and ten days - i.e. the whole period of mourning, including the forty days for embalming, extended to seventy days, a statement which strikingly coincides with the assertion of Diodorus Siculus (1:72), that the embalming process occupied about thirty days, while the mourning continued seventy-two days; the first number, seventy, being seven decades, or ten weeks of seven days, and the second 12 x 6 = 72, the duodecimal calculation being also used in Egypt (vide Wilkinson in Rawlinson's 'Herodotus,' vol. 2. p. 121; and in ' Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians: vol. 3. p. 471, et seqq., ed. 1878). The apparent discrepancy between the accounts of Genesis and Herodotus will disappear if the seventy days of the Greek historian, during which the body lay in antrum, be viewed as the entire period of mourning (Hengstenberg's 'Egypt and the Books of Moses,' p. 68; Sir G. Wilkinson in Rawlinson's 'Herodotus,' vol. 2. p. 121), a sense which the words ταῦτα δὲ ποιήσαντες ταριχεύουσι λίτρῳ κρίηψαντες ἡμέρας ἐβδομήκοντα (Herod. 2:86)will bear, though Kalisch somewhat arbitrarily, but unconvincingly, pronounces it to be "excluded both by the context and Greek syntax." 50:1-6 Though pious relatives and friends have lived to a good old age, and we are confident they are gone to glory, yet we may regret our own loss, and pay respect to their memory by lamenting them. Grace does not destroy, but it purifies, moderates, and regulates natural affection. The departed soul is out of the reach of any tokens of our affection; but it is proper to show respect to the body, of which we look for a glorious and joyful resurrection, whatever may become of its remains in this world. Thus Joseph showed his faith in God, and love to his father. He ordered the body to be embalmed, or wrapped up with spices, to preserve it. See how vile our bodies are, when the soul has forsaken them; they will in a very little time become noisome, and offensive.
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