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Genesis 37

Genesis 37:1 And Jacob dwelt in the land of Chanaan, wherein his father sojourned.

Joseph is hated of his brethren.

Genesis 37:2 And these are his generations: Joseph, when he was sixteen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren, being but a boy: and he was with the sons of Bala and of Zelpha his father's wives: and he accused his brethren to his father of a most wicked crime. Genesis 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph above all his sons, because he had him in his old age: and he made him a coat of divers colours. Genesis 37:4 And his brethren seeing that he was loved by his father, more than all his sons, hated hem, and could not speak peaceably to him.

His two dreams.

Genesis 37:5 Now it fell out also that he told his brethren a dream, that he had dreamed: which occasioned them to hate him the more. Genesis 37:6 And he said to them: Hear my dream which I dreamed. Genesis 37:7 I thought we were binding sheaves in the field: and my sheaf arose as it were, and stood, and your sheaves standing about bowed down before my sheaf. Genesis 37:8 His brethren answered: Shalt thou be our king? or shall we be subject to thy dominion? Therefore this matter of his dreams and words ministered nourishment to their envy and hatred.

Genesis 37:9 He dreamed also another dream, which he told his brethren, saying: I saw in a dream, as it were the sun, and the moon, and eleven stars worshipping me. Genesis 37:10 And when he had told this to his father, and brethren, his father rebuked him and said: What meaneth this dream that thou hast dreamed? shall I and thy mother, and thy brethren worship thee upon the earth? Genesis 37:11 His brethren therefore envied him: but his father considered the thing with himself.

Genesis 37:12 And when his brethren abode in Sechem, feeding their father's flocks,

Jacob sendeth him to visit his brethren.

Genesis 37:13 Israel said to him: Thy brethren feed the sheep in Sichem: come, I will send thee to them. And when he answered: Genesis 37:14 I am ready: he said to him: Go, and see if all things be well with thy brethren, and the cattle: and bring me word again what is doing. So being sent from the vale of Hebron, he came to Sichem:

Genesis 37:15 And a man found him there wandering in the field, and asked what he sought. Genesis 37:16 But he answered: I seek my brethren, tell me where they feed the flocks. Genesis 37:17 And the man said to him: They are departed from this place: for I heard them say: Let us go to Dothain. And Joseph went forward after his brethren, and found them in Dothain.

His brethren conspire his death.

Genesis 37:18 And when they saw him afar off, before he came nigh them, they thought to kill him: Genesis 37:19 And said one to another: Behold the dreamer cometh. Genesis 37:20 Come, let us kill him, and cast him into some old pit: and we will say: Some evil beast hath devoured him: and then it shall appear what his dreams avail him:

Reuben saveth him.

Genesis 37:21 And Ruben hearing this, endeavoured to deliver him out of their hands, and said: Genesis 37:22 Do not take away his life, nor shed his blood: but cast him into this pit, that is in the wilderness, and keep your hands harmless: now he said this, being desirous to deliver him out of their hands and to restore him to his father.

Genesis 37:23 And as soon as he came to his brethren, they forthwith stript him of his outside coat, that was of divers colours: Genesis 37:24 And cast him into an old pit where there was not water. Genesis 37:25 And sitting down to eat bread, they saw some Ismaelites on their way coming from Galaad, with their camels, carrying spices, and balm, and myrrh to Egypt.

They sell him to the Ishmeelites.

Genesis 37:26 And Juda said to his brethren: What will it profit us to kill our brother, and conceal his blood? Genesis 37:27 It is better that he be sold to the Ismaelites, and that our hands be not defiled: for he is our brother and our flesh. His brethren agreed to his words. Genesis 37:28 And when the Madianite merchants passed by, they drew him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ismaelites, for twenty pieces of silver: and they led him into Egypt.

Genesis 37:29 And Ruben returning to the pit, found not the boy: Genesis 37:30 And rending his garments he went to his brethren, and said: The boy doth not appear, and whither shall I go?

His father, deceived by the bloody coat, mourneth for him.

Genesis 37:31 And they took his coat, and dipped it in the blood of a kid, which they had killed: Genesis 37:32 Sending some to carry it to their father, and to say: This we have found: see whether it be thy son's coat, or not. Genesis 37:33 And the father acknowledging it, said: It is my son's coat, an evil wild beast hath eaten him, a beast hath devoured Joseph. Genesis 37:34 And tearing his garments, he put on sackcloth, mourning for his son a long time. Genesis 37:35 And all his children being gathered together to comfort their father in his sorrow, he would not receive comfort, but said: I will go down to my son into hell, mourning. And whilst he continued weeping,

He is sold to Potiphar in Egypt.

Genesis 37:36 The Madianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Putiphar, an eunuch of Pharao, captain of the soldiers.

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