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father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to their families.
The Story of Joseph—The Blessing.
And Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and Jacob was an hundred and forty and seven years old. And the time drew near that Israel must die.
And it came to pass that one told Joseph, “ Behold thy father is sick ;” and he took his two sons with him and went unto his father. And Jacob blessed them. And Jacob called all his sons and said, “ Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days."
And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and was gathered unto his people. And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept, and kissed him.
And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his father's house; and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years. And Joseph saw his son Ephraim's children of the third generation, the children also of Manasseh were brought up on Joseph's knees.
So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old ; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.
The Story of Moses in the Bulrushes.
(From the 1st and 2d Chapters of Exodus.)
Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, “Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them ; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land." Therefore, they did set over them task-masters to afflict them with their burdens. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigor: and they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field : all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigor.
And when the king of Egypt saw that the people multiplied and waxed very mighty, behold, he charged all his people, saying, “Every son that is born among the Hebrews ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.”