Matthew Bible

Genesis 37

Genesis 37:1 And Iacob dwelt in the Lande wherin his father was a straunger, that is to saye in the Land of Canaan.

Joseph is hated of his brethren.

Genesis 37:2 And these are the generations of Iacob, when Iosephe was .xvij. yere olde, he kepte shepe wyth hys brethren, and the ladde was wyth the sonnes of Bilha and of Zilpha hys fathers wyues. And he brought vnto theyr father an euil sayinge that was of them. Genesis 37:3 And Israel loued Ioseph more then al his chyldren bicause he begate hym in hys olde age, and he made him a cote of many colours. Genesis 37:4 When hys brethren sawe that theyr father loued hym more then all his brethren, they hated him, & could not speake one kinde worde vnto hym.

His two dreams.

Genesis 37:5 Moreouer Iosephe dreamed a dreame & told it his brethren: wherfore they hated him yet þe more. Genesis 37:6 And he sayed vnto them heare I praye you thys dreame whyche I haue dreamed: Genesis 37:7 Beholde we were makynge sheues in the field: & lo, my sheffe arose and stode vpryght, & youres stode round aboute and made obeysaunce to my shefe. Genesis 37:8 Than sayd hys brethren vnto hym: what, shalt thou be our kyng or shalt thou reygne ouer vs? And they hated him yet the more, because of hys dreame and of hys wordes.

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

Genesis 37:12 His brethren 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 that I may sende the to them. And he answered here am I. Genesis 37:14 And he sayde vnto hym: go & see whether it be well wyth thy brethren and the shepe, and brynge me worde agayne. And sent hym out of the vale of Hebron, for to go to Sichem.

Genesis 37:15 And a certayne man founde hym wandrynge out of his way in the felde, and axed hym what he soughte. Genesis 37:16 And he answered: I seke my brethren, tell me I praye the where they kepe shepe. Genesis 37:17 And the man said: they are departed hence, for I herde them say let vs goo vnto Dothan. Thus went Ioseph after hys 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 him, Genesis 37:19 and sayd one to another, Beholde thys dreamer cometh, Genesis 37:20 come nowe and let vs sley hym and caste hym in to some pytt, and let vs saye that some wycked beast hath deuoured him, and let vs see what hys dreames wyl come to.

Reuben saveth him.

Genesis 37:21 When Ruben herde that, he went aboute to ryd hym out of their handes and sayd, let vs not kyl hym. Genesis 37:22 And Ruben sayde moreouer vnto them, shede not his bloud, but cast him in to this pytt that is in the wyldernes, and laye no handes vpon him: for he wolde haue rydd hym out of their handes and delyuered him to his father agayn.

Genesis 37:23 And as soone as Ioseph was come vnto hys brethren, they strypte hym oute of hys gay coote that was vpon hym, Genesis 37:24 and they toke hym and caste hym in to a pyt: But the pyt was emptie and had no water therein. Genesis 37:25 And they satt them doune to eate breade. And as they lyft vp their eyes and loked aboute, there came a companye of Ismaelites from Gilead, and their camels laden wyth spicery baulme, and myrre, and were goynge doune into Egypte.

They sell him to the Ishmeelites.

Genesis 37:26 Than sayde Iuda to hys brethren, what auayleth it that we sley oure brother, & kepe hys bloude secret? Genesis 37:27 come on, let vs sell hym to the Ismaelites, & let not our handes be defyled vpon him: for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content. Genesis 37:28 Than as the Madianites marchaunt men passed by, they drewe Ioseph out of the pyt & solde hym vnto the Ismaelites for .xx. peces of syluer. And they brought him into Egypte.

Genesis 37:29 And when Ruben came agayne vnto the pyt and found not Ioseph there, he rent hys cloothes Genesis 37:30 and went agayne vnto his brethren saying: the lad is not yonder, & whether shall I go?

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

Genesis 37:31 And they toke Ioseps coote and kylled a goote, & dypped the coote in the bloud. Genesis 37:32 And they sent that gay coote and caused it to be brought 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 wicked beast hath deuoured hym, and Ioseph is rent in peces. Genesis 37:34 And Iacob rent hys cloothes, and put sacke cloth about hys loynes, and sorowed for hys sonne a longe season. Genesis 37:35 Than came all hys sonnes and all hys doughters to comforte him. And he wold not be comforted, but sayde: I wyll go doune in to the graue vnto my sonne, mournynge. And thus his father wepte for hym.

He is sold to Potiphar in Egypt.

Genesis 37:36 And the Madianytes solde hym in Egypte vnto Putiphar a Lorde of Phoraos: & hys chefe marshall.

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