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Genesis 37

Genesis 37:1 Iacob dwelt in the lande where in his father was a straunger, euen in the lande of Chanaan.

Joseph is hated of his brethren.

Genesis 37:2 These are the generacyons of Iacob. when Ioseph was .xvij. yere olde, he kepte shepe wyth hys brethren, and the lad was with the sonnes of Bilha and with the sonnes of Zilpha his fathers wyues. And he brought vnto their father an euyll sayinge of them. Genesis 37:3 But Israel loued Ioseph more than all hys chyldren, because he begat him in hys olde age, and he made hym a coote of many coloures. Genesis 37:4 And when hys brethren sawe that theyr father loued him more than all his brethren, they hated hym & coulde not speke peaceably vnto hym.

His two dreams.

Genesis 37:5 Moreouer whan Ioseph had dreamed a dreame, he tolde it his brethren whych hated hym yet the more. Genesis 37:6 And he sayde vnto them: heare I praye yowe thys dreame which I haue dreamed: Genesis 37:7 Beholde we were byndinge sheues in the felde: & lo, my sheffe arose, and stode vp ryght, and youres stode rounde aboute and made obeysaunce to my sheffe. Genesis 37:8 To whom hys brethren sayde: shalt thou be oure kynge in dede? or shalt þu in dede haue dominyon ouer vs? And they hated hym yet the more, because of hys dreames, and of his wordes.

Genesis 37:9 And he dreamed yet another dreame and tolde it his brethren sayinge: beholde, I haue had one dreame more: me thought the sonne and the moone & .xj. starres made obeysaunce to me. Genesis 37:10 And when he had tolde it vnto his father and hys brethren, hys father rebuked him & sayde vnto him: what is thys dreame which thou hast dreamed: shall I & thy mother and thy brethren come to fall on the grounde before the? Genesis 37:11 And hys brethren hated him, but hys father noted the sayinge.

Genesis 37:12 Hys brethren also went to kepe their fathers shepe in Sichem,

Jacob sendeth him to visit his brethren.

Genesis 37:13 and Israel sayde vnto Ioseph: do not thy brethren kepe in Sichem? come, and I wyll sende the to them. He answered here am I. Genesis 37:14 And he sayde vnto him: goo and see whether it be well with thy brethren and the shepe, and brynge me worde agayne. And so he sent him out of the vale of Hebron and he went to Sichem.

Genesis 37:15 And a certayne man founde hym, and beholde he was wandrynge out of hys waye in the felde, and the man asked him: what sekest thou? Genesis 37:16 He answered: I seke my brethren, tell me I praye the where they kepe shepe. Genesis 37:17 And the man sayde, they are departed hence, for I herde them saye: let vs goo vnto Dothan. Thus went Ioseph after his brethren, and founde them in Dothan.

His brethren conspire his death.

Genesis 37:18 And when they sawe him a farre of before he came at them, they toke councell agaynst him, for to sley hym. Genesis 37:19 For one sayde to another: Beholde this dreamer commeth: Genesis 37:20 come nowe therfore and let vs sley hym and cast hym in to some pytt, and we wyll saye a wycked beast hath deuoured hym, and we shall se what wyll come of hys dreames.

Reuben saveth him.

Genesis 37:21 When Ruben hearde that, he ryd him out of their handes and sayde, we wyll not kyll hym. Genesis 37:22 And Ruben sayde moreouer vnto them, shede not his bloude, but cast him into thys pytt þt is in the wyldernes, and laye no hande vpon him: Namely, that he myght rydd him out of their handes & delyuer him to hys father agayne.

Genesis 37:23 And it happened that whan Ioseph was come vnto hys brethren, they strypte him out of his coot, hys party coloured coote þt was vpon hym, Genesis 37:24 and they toke hym and cast hym into an emptye pytt: Wherin was no water. Genesis 37:25 And they satt them downe to eate brede. And as they lyft vp their eyes and loked aboute, there came a companye of Ismaelytes from Gilead, and their camels laden with spicery, baulme, and myrre, and were goynge downe to cary it into Egypte.

They sell him to the Ishmeelites.

Genesis 37:26 And Iuda sayde vnto his brethren: what auayleth it yf we sley oure brother, and kepe hys bloude secrett? Genesis 37:27 come on and let vs sell hym to the Ismaelytes, and let not oure hande be vpon hym: for he is oure brother and oure fleshe. And hys brethren were content. Genesis 37:28 Than as the Madianites marchaunt men passed by, they drewe and lyft Ioseph out of the pytt and solde him vnto the Ismaelytes for .xx. peces of syluer. And they brought him into Egypte.

Genesis 37:29 And when Ruben came agayne vnto þe pytt & founde not Ioseph there, he rent his cloothes Genesis 37:30 and went agayne vnto his brethren sayinge: the lad is not yonder, and whether shall I goo?

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

Genesis 37:31 And they toke Iosephs coote and kylled a goote, & dypped the coote in the bloude. Genesis 37:32 And they sent that partye coloured coote, and brought it vnto their father and sayde: Thys haue we founde: se whether it be thy sonnes coote or no. Genesis 37:33 And he knewe it sayinge, it is my sonnes coote, a wycked beast hath deuoured hym, Ioseph is rent in peces. Genesis 37:34 And Iacob rent hys cloothes, and put sacke clothe aboute his loynes, and sorowed for his sonne a longe season. Genesis 37:35 But all his sonnes and all hys doughters rose vp to comforte him. Neuertheles he wolde not be comforted, but sayde: I wyll go downe into the graue vnto my sonne, mourninge. And thus hys father wepte for hym.

He is sold to Potiphar in Egypt.

Genesis 37:36 And the Madianytes solde hym in Egypte vnto Putiphar a Lord of Pharaos, and his chefe Stewarde.

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