1611 King James Bible

Genesis 37

Genesis 37:1 And Iacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.

Joseph is hated of his brethren.

Genesis 37:2 These [are] the generations of Iacob: Ioseph being seuenteene yeeres old, was feeding the flocke with his brethren, and the lad was with the sonnes of Bilhah, and with the sonnes of Zilpah, his fathers wiues: and Ioseph brought vnto his father their euill report. Genesis 37:3 Now Israel loued Ioseph more then all his children, because he was the sonne of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. Genesis 37:4 And when his brethren saw that their father loued him more then all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speake peaceably vnto him.

His two dreams.

Genesis 37:5 And Ioseph dreamed a dreame, and he told it his brethren, and they hated him yet the more. Genesis 37:6 And he said vnto them, Heare, I pray you, this dreame which I haue dreamed. Genesis 37:7 For beholde, wee were binding sheaues in the field, and loe, my sheafe arose, and also stood vpright; and behold, your sheaues stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheafe. Genesis 37:8 And his brethren saide to him, Shalt thou indeed reigne ouer vs? or shalt thou indeed haue dominion ouer vs? and they hated him yet the more, for his dreames, and for his words.

Genesis 37:9 And hee dreamed yet another dreame, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I haue dreamed a dreame more: and behold, the sunne and the moone, and the eleuen starres made obeisance to me. Genesis 37:10 And he told [it] to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said vnto him, What [is] this dreame that thou hast dreamed? shal I, and thy mother, and thy brethren indeed come to bow downe our selues to thee, to the earth? Genesis 37:11 And his brethren enuied him: but his father obserued the saying.

Genesis 37:12 And his brethren went to feed their fathers flocke in Shechem.

Jacob sendeth him to visit his brethren.

Genesis 37:13 And Israel saide vnto Ioseph, Doe not thy brethren feed the flocke in Shechem? Come, and I will send thee vnto them: & he said to him, Here am I. Genesis 37:14 And he said to him, Goe, I pray thee, see whether it bee well with thy brethren, and well with the flockes, and bring me word againe: so hee sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

Genesis 37:15 And a certaine man found him, and behold, hee was wandring in the field, and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? Genesis 37:16 And he said, I seeke my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feede their [flockes]. Genesis 37:17 And the man said, They are departed hence: for I heard them say, Let vs goe to Dothan. And Ioseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

His brethren conspire his death.

Genesis 37:18 And when they saw him a farre off, euen before he came neere vnto them, they conspired against him, to slay him. Genesis 37:19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer commeth. Genesis 37:20 Come now therefore, and let vs slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some euill beast hath deuoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreames.

Reuben saveth him.

Genesis 37:21 And Reuben heard [it], and he deliuered him out of their hands, and said; Let vs not kill him. Genesis 37:22 And Reuben saide vnto them, Shed no blood, [but] cast him into this pit that is in the wildernesse, and lay no hand vpon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliuer him to his father againe.

Genesis 37:23 And it came to passe when Ioseph was come vnto his brethren, that they stript Ioseph out of his coate, his coat of many colours that [was] on him. Genesis 37:24 And they tooke him and cast him into a pit: and the pit [was] emptie, [there was] no water in it. Genesis 37:25 And they sate downe to eat bread: and they lift vp their eyes and looked, and behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead, with their camels, bearing spicery, & baulme, and myrrhe, going to cary [it] downe to Egypt.

They sell him to the Ishmeelites.

Genesis 37:26 And Iudah saide vnto his brethren, What profit [is it] if we slay our brother, and conceale his blood? Genesis 37:27 Come, and let vs sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand bee vpon him: for he is our brother, and [our] flesh; and his brethren were content. Genesis 37:28 Then there passed by Midianites merchant men, and they drew and lift vp Ioseph out of the pit, and sold Ioseph to the Ishmeelites for twentie [pieces] of siluer: and they brought Ioseph into Egypt.

Genesis 37:29 And Reuben returned vnto the pit, and behold, Ioseph was not in the pit: and he rent his clothes. Genesis 37:30 And hee returned vnto his brethren and said, The childe is not, and I, whither shall I goe?

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

Genesis 37:31 And they tooke Iosephs coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood. Genesis 37:32 And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father, and said, This haue we found: know now whether it bee thy sonnes coat or no. Genesis 37:33 And he knew [it], and said, It [is] my sonnes coat: an euil beast hath deuoured him; Ioseph is without doubt rent in pieces. Genesis 37:34 And Iacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth vpon his loines, & mourned for his sonne many dayes. Genesis 37:35 And all his sonnes, and all his daughters rose vp to comfort him: but he refused to be comforted: and he said, For I will goe downe into the graue vnto my sonne, mourning; thus his father wept for him.

He is sold to Potiphar in Egypt.

Genesis 37:36 And the Medanites sold him into Egypt vnto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaohs, [and] captaine of the guard.

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