Canaanites who pursued after me. I have tasted many joys,
and I hope to see more, but never did I hope to set eyes upon
Joseph again, and now I shall go down to him and behold
him before my death."[297]

Then Jacob and the members of his family put on the
clothes Joseph had sent, among them a turban for Jacob,
and they made all preparations to journey down into Egypt
and dwell there with Joseph and his family. Hearing of his
good fortune, the kings and the grandees of Canaan came
to wait upon Jacob and express sympathy with him in his
joy, and he prepared a three days' banquet for them.[298]

Jacob, however, would not go down into Egypt without
first inquiring whether it was the will of God that he should

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