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 Genesis 37
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Joseph's Dream

1 Now Jacob lived in the R1065 land where F712 his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan. 2 These are the records of the generations of Jacob.

Joseph, when seventeen R1066 years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with the R1067 sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought back a bad R1068 report about them to their father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the R1069 son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored R1070 F713 tunic. 4 His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they hated R1071 him and could not speak to him on F714 friendly terms.

5 Then Joseph had R1072 F715 a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, "Please listen to this dream which I have had; F716 7 for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed R1073 down to my sheaf." 8 Then his brothers said to him, "Are R1074 you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?" So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.

9 Now he had F717 still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, "Lo, I have had F717 still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me." 10 He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have had? F718 Shall I and your mother and your R1075 brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?" 11 His R1076 brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept R1077 the saying in mind.

12 Then his brothers went to pasture their father's flock in Shechem. 13 Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers pasturing the flock in Shechem? R1078 Come, and I will send you to them." And he said to him, "I F719 will go." 14 Then he said to him, "Go now and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me." So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, R1079 and he came to Shechem.

15 A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, "What F720 are you looking for?" 16 He said, "I am looking for my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing the flock." 17 Then the man said, "They have moved from here; for I heard them say, `Let us go to Dothan.' R1080 " So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.

The Plot against Joseph

18 When F721 they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted R1081 against him to put him to death. 19 They said to one another, "Here F722 comes this dreamer! 20 "Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we R1082 will say, `A wild beast devoured him.' Then let us see what will become of his dreams!" 21 But Reuben R1083 heard this and rescued him out of their hands and said, "Let us not take F723 his life." 22 Reuben further said to them, "Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay hands on him"--that he might rescue him out of their hands, to restore him to his father. 23 So it came about, when Joseph reached F724 his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, F725 the varicolored tunic that was on him; 24 and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it.

25 Then they sat down to eat a F726 meal. And as they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites R1084 was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing aromatic R1085 F727 gum and balm R1086 F728 and myrrh, F729 on F730 their way to bring them down to Egypt. 26 Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover R1087 up his blood? 27 "Come R1088 and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh." And his brothers listened to him. 28 Then some Midianite R1089 traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold R1090 him F731 to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they R1091 brought Joseph into Egypt.

29 Now Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph was not in the pit; so he tore R1092 his garments. 30 He returned to his brothers and said, "The R1093 boy is not there; as for me, where am I to go?" 31 So they R1094 took Joseph's tunic, and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic in the blood; 32 and they sent the varicolored tunic and brought it to their father and said, "We found this; please examine F732 it to see whether it is your son's tunic or not." 33 Then he examined F733 it and said, "It is my son's tunic. A R1095 wild beast has devoured him; Joseph R1096 has surely been torn to pieces!" 34 So Jacob tore R1097 his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days. 35 Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, "Surely I will go R1098 down to Sheol in mourning for my son." So his father wept for him. 36 Meanwhile, the Midianites F734 sold R1099 him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh's officer, the captain of the bodyguard.

F712: Lit of his father's sojournings
F713: Or full-length robe
F714: Lit in peace
F715: Lit dreamed
F716: Lit dreamed
F717: Lit dreamed
F717: Lit dreamed
F718: Lit dreamed
F719: Lit Behold me
F720: Lit saying, ``What...?''
F721: Or And
F722: Lit Behold, this master of dreams comes
F723: Lit smite his soul
F724: Lit came to
F725: Or full-length robe
F726: Lit bread
F727: Or ladanum spice
F728: Or mastic
F729: Or resinous bark
F730: Lit going
F731: Lit Joseph
F732: Or recognize
F733: Or recognized
F734: Lit Medanites

R1065: Genesis 17:8; 28:4
R1066: Genesis 41:46
R1067: Genesis 35:25,26
R1068: 1 Samuel 2:22-24
R1069: Genesis 44:20
R1070: Genesis 37:23,32
R1071: Genesis 27:41; 1 Samuel 17:28
R1072: Genesis 28:12; 31:10,11,24
R1073: Genesis 42:6,9; 43:26; 44:14
R1074: Genesis 49:26; Deuteronomy 33:16
R1075: Genesis 27:29
R1076: Acts 7:9
R1077: Daniel 7:28; Luke 2:19,51
R1078: Genesis 33:18-20
R1079: Genesis 13:18; 23:2,19; 35:27; Joshua 14:14,15; Judges 1:10
R1080: 2 Kings 6:13
R1081: Psalms 31:13; 37:12,32; Mark 14:1; John 11:53; Acts 23:12
R1082: Genesis 37:32,33
R1083: Genesis 42:22
R1084: Genesis 16:11,12; 37:28; 39:1
R1085: Genesis 43:11
R1086: Jeremiah 8:22; 46:11
R1087: Genesis 37:20
R1088: Genesis 42:21
R1089: Genesis 37:25; Judges 6:1-3; 8:22,24
R1090: Genesis 45:4,5; Psalms 105:17; Acts 7:9
R1091: Genesis 39:1
R1092: Genesis 37:34; 44:13
R1093: Genesis 42:13,36
R1094: Genesis 37:3,23
R1095: Genesis 37:20
R1096: Genesis 44:28
R1097: Genesis 37:29
R1098: Genesis 25:8; 35:29; 42:38; 44:29,31
R1099: Genesis 39:1


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