Joseph wore the royal crown upon his head, Pharaoh had
yielded it to him for the occasion. He descended from his
chariot when he was at a distance of about fifty ells from his
father, and walked the rest of the way on foot, and his example
was followed by the princes and nobles of Egypt.
When Jacob caught sight of the approaching procession, he
was rejoiced,[314] and even before he recognized Joseph, he
bowed down before him, but for permitting his father to
show him this mark of honor, punishment was visited upon
Joseph. He died an untimely death, before the years of life
assigned to him had elapsed.[315]

That no harm befall Jacob from a too sudden meeting
with him, Joseph sent his oldest son ahead with five horses,
the second son following close after him in the same way.

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