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Genesis 37

Genesis 37:1 Iaakob nowe dwelt in the lande, wherein his father was a stranger, in the lande of Canaan.

Joseph is hated of his brethren.

Genesis 37:2 These are the generations of Iaakob, when Ioseph was seuenteene yeere olde: he kept sheepe with his brethren, and the childe was with the sonnes of Bilhah, and with the sonnes of Zilpah, his fathers wiues; Ioseph brought vnto their father their euill saying. Genesis 37:3 Nowe Israel loued Ioseph more then all his sonnes, because he begate him in his old age, and he made him a coat of many colours. Genesis 37:4 So when his brethren sawe that their father loued him more then all his brethren, then they hated him, and could not speake peaceably vnto him.

His two dreams.

Genesis 37:5 And Ioseph dreamed a dreame, and told his brethren, who hated him so much the more. Genesis 37:6 For he saide vnto them, Heare, I pray you, this dreame which I haue dreamed. Genesis 37:7 Beholde nowe, wee were binding sheues in the middes of the field: and loe, my shefe arose and also stoode vpright, and behold, your sheues compassed rounde about, and did reuerence to my shefe. Genesis 37:8 Then his brethren saide to him, What, shalt thou reigne ouer vs, and rule vs? or shalt thou haue altogether dominion ouer vs? And they hated him so much the more, for his dreames, and for his wordes.

Genesis 37:9 Againe hee dreamed an other dreame, & tolde it his brethren, and saide, Behold, I haue had one dreame more, and beholde, the Sunne and the Moone & eleuen starres did reuerence to me. Genesis 37:10 Then he tolde it vnto his father and to his brethren, and his father rebuked him, and saide vnto him, What is this dreame, which thou hast dreamed? Shal I, and thy mother, & thy brethren come in deede & fall on the ground before thee? Genesis 37:11 And his brethren enuied him, but his father noted the saying.

Genesis 37:12 Then his brethren went to keepe their fathers sheepe in Shechem.

Jacob sendeth him to visit his brethren.

Genesis 37:13 And Israel said vnto Ioseph, Doe not thy brethren keepe in Shechem? Come and I will send thee to them. Genesis 37:14 And he answered him, I am here. Then he saide vnto him, Goe now, see whether it bee well with thy brethren, and how the flocks prosper, and bring me word againe. So hee sent him from the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

Genesis 37:15 Then a man found him: for lo, hee was wandring in the fielde, and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? Genesis 37:16 And he answered, I seeke my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they keepe sheepe. Genesis 37:17 And the man said, they are departed hece: for I heard them say, Let vs goe vnto Dothan. Then went Ioseph after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

His brethren conspire his death.

Genesis 37:18 And when they sawe him a farre off, euen before he came at them, they conspired against him for to slay him. Genesis 37:19 For they sayd one to another, Behold, this dreamer commeth. Genesis 37:20 Come now therefore, and let vs slay him, and cast him into some pitte, and wee will say, A wicked beast hath deuoured him: then wee shall see, what will come of his dreames.

Reuben saveth him.

Genesis 37:21 But when Reuben heard that, he deliuered him out of their handes, and saide, Let vs not kill him. Genesis 37:22 Also Reuben saide vnto them, Shed not blood, but cast him into this pitte that is in the wildernesse, and lay no hande vpon him. Thus he said, that he might deliuer him out of their hand, and restore him to his father againe.

Genesis 37:23 Now when Ioseph was come vnto his brethren, they stript Ioseph out of his coate, his particoloured coate that was vpon him. Genesis 37:24 And they tooke him, and cast him into a pit, and the pit was emptie, without water in it. Genesis 37:25 Then they sate them downe to eate bread: and they lift vp their eyes and looked, and behold, there came a companie of Ishmeelites from Gilead, and their camels laden with spicerie, and balme, and myrrhe, and were going to cary it downe into Egypt.

They sell him to the Ishmeelites.

Genesis 37:26 Then Iudah said vnto his brethren, What auaileth it, if we slay our brother, though wee keepe his blood secret? Genesis 37:27 Come and let vs sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our handes be vpon him: for he is our brother and our flesh: and his brethren obeyed. Genesis 37:28 Then the Midianites marchant men passed by, and they drewe foorth, and lift Ioseph out of the pit, and solde Ioseph vnto the Ishmeelites for twentie pieces of siluer: who brought Ioseph into Egypt.

Genesis 37:29 Afterwarde Reuben returned to the pit, and beholde, Ioseph was not in the pit: then he rent his clothes, Genesis 37:30 And returned to his brethren, and said, The childe is not yonder, and I, whither shall I goe?

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

Genesis 37:31 And they tooke Iosephs coate, and killed a kidde of the goates, and dipped the coate in the blood. Genesis 37:32 So they sent that particoloured coat, and they brought it vnto their father, and saide, This haue we founde: see nowe, whether it be thy sonnes coate, or no. Genesis 37:33 Then he knewe it and said, It is my sonnes coate: a wicked beast hath deuoured him: Ioseph is surely torne in pieces. Genesis 37:34 And Iaakob rent his clothes, & put sackecloth about his loynes, and sorowed for his sonne a long season. Genesis 37:35 Then all his sonnes and all his daughters rose vp to comfort him, but he woulde not be comforted, but said, Surely I will go downe into the graue vnto my sonne mourning: so his father wept for him.

He is sold to Potiphar in Egypt.

Genesis 37:36 And the Midianites solde him into Egypt vnto Potiphar an Eunuche of Pharaohs, and his chiefe stewarde.

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