I am reading through Genesis in the New King James, and I came to this verse:
"I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will put his hand on your eyes."
Reading from the ESV, the NASB, and the NIV, they all seem to suggest the idea that Joseph will close his father's eyes, which I take to be a reference to dying; however, the NASB has a footnote that reads "Lit put his hand on". The KJV reads much like the NKJV.
My question then, is this a reference to dying? Is Joseph putting his hands on Jacob's eyes, presumably to close them, an indication that Joseph will be there to literally close his dad's eyes when he dies?
Or is something else at play? A cultural thing? A badly translated Hebraic idiom meaning something else?