On his death-bed Joseph took an oath of his brethren, and
he bade them on their death-bed likewise take an oath of
their sons, to carry his bones to Palestine, when God should
visit them and bring them up out of the land of Egypt. He
said: "I that am a ruler could take my father's body up to
the Holy Land while it was still intact. Of you I do but
make the request that ye carry my bones from hence, and
you may inter them in any spot in Palestine, for I know that
the burial-place of the fathers was appointed to be the tomb
only of the three Patriarchs and their three wives."

Joseph took the oath, to carry his remains along with them
when they left Egypt, from his brethren, and not from his

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