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Joseph's dreams.

GENESIS. He is sold by his brethren: father loved him more than all his brethren, 22 And Reuben said unto them, Shed they hated him, and could not speak no blood, but cast him into this pit that is peaceably unto him

in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon 5 | And Joseph dreamed a dream, and him; that he might rid him out of their he told it his brethren: and they hated hands, to deliver him to his father again. him yet the more.

23 | And it came to pass when Joseph 6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray was come unto his brethren, that they you, this dream which I have dreamed: stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of

7 For behold, we were binding sheaves many colours that was on him. in the field, and lo, my sheaf arose, and 24 And they took him, and cast him also stood upright; and behold, your into a pit: and the pit was empty, there sheaves stood round about, and made obei- was no water in it. sance to my sheaf.

25 And they sat down to eat bread: and 8 And his brethren said unto him, Shalt they lifted up their eyes and looked, and thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou behold, a company of Ishmaelites came indeed have dominion over us? And they from Gilead, with their camels bearing hated him yet the more for his dreams and spicery, and balm, and myrrh, going to for his words.

carry it down to Egypt. 91 And he dreamed yet another dream, 26 And Judah said unto his brethren, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, What profit is it if we slay our brother, I have dreamed a dream more: and be and conceal his blood ? hold, the sun and the moon and the eleven 27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishstars made obeisance to me.

maelites, and let not our hand be upon 10 And he told it to his father, and to him; for he is our brother, and our flesb: bis brethren: and his father rebuked him, and his brethren were content. and said unto him, What is this dream that 28 Then there passed by Midianites, thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mo- merchant-men; and they drew and lifted ther and thy brethren indeed come to bow up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph down ourselves to thee to the earth? to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of sil.

11 And his brethren envied him; but ser: and they brought Joseph into Egypt his father observed the saying.

29 | And Reuben returned unto the pit; 12 And his brethren went to feed and behold, Joseph was not in the pit: and their father's flock in Shechem.

he rent his clothes. 13 And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not 30 And he returned unto his brethren, thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem ? and said, The child is not: and I, whither Come, and I will send thee unto them. shall I go? And he said to him, Here am I.

31 And they took Joseph's coat, and 14 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the see whether it be well with thy brethren, coat in the blood : and well with the flocks; and bring me 32 And they sent the coat of many coword again. So he sent him out of the vale lours, and they brought it to their father; of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. and said, This have we found : know now

15 | And a certain man found him, and whether it be thy son's coat or no. behold, he was wandering in the field: and 33 And he knew it, and said, It is my the inan asked him, saying, What seekest son's coat; an evil beast bath devoured thou?

him: Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces. 16 And he said,l seek my brethren: tell 34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks. sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for

17 And the man said, They are depart- his son many days. ed hence: for I heard them say, Let us go 35 And all bis sons and all his daughters to Dothan. And Joseph went after his rose up to comfort him; but he refused to brethren, and found them in Dothạn. be comforted; and he said, For I will go

18 And when they saw him afar off, down into the grave unto my son mourneven before he came near unto them, they ing. Thus his father wept for him. conspired against him to slay him.

36 And the Midianites sold him in.o 19. And they said one to another, Be- Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharahold this dreamer cometh.

oh's, and captain of the guard. 20 Come now therefore, and let us slay

CHAP. XXXVIII. him, pit; and we will say, Some evil beast halen devodred AND it came to pass at that time, that

Judah went down from his brethren, hiin: and we shall see what will become and turned into a certain Adullamite, whose of his dreams.

name was Hirah. 21 And Reuben heard it, and he deli 2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a vered him out of their hands: and said, certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; Let us not kill himn.

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The trespass of Onan. CHAP. XXXIX. Joseph advanced by Potiphar.

3 And she conceived, and bare a son; pledge from the woman's hand: but he and he called his name Er.

found her not. 4 And she conceived again, and bare a 21 Then he asked the men of that place, son; and she called his name Onan. saying, Where is the harlot that was

5 And she yet again conceived and bare openly by the way-side ? And they said, a son; and called his name Shelah : and There was no harlot in this place. he was at Chezib, when she bare him. 22 And he returned to Judah, and said,

6 And Judab took a wife for Er his I cannot find her; and also the men of the first-born, whose name was Tamar. place said, that there was no harlot in this

7 And Er, Judah's first-bom, was wick- place. ed in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD 23 And Judah said, Let her take it to slew him.

her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent 8 And Judah said unto Onan, Go in this kid, and thou hast not found her. unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, 24 T And it came to pass about three and raise up seed to thy brother. months after, that it was told Judah, say

9 And Onan knew that the seed should ing, Tamarthy daughter-in-law hath playnot be his: and it came to pass, when he ed the harlot ; and also, behold, she

is went in unto his brother's wife, that he with child by whoredom. And Judah said, spilled it on the ground, lest that he should Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. gire seed to his brother.

25 When she was brought forth, she 10 And the thing which he did dis- sent to her father-in-law, saying, By the pleased the LORD: wherefore he slew him man whose these are, am I with child: and also.

she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are 11 Then said Judah to Tamar his daugh-these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff. ter-in-law, Remain a widow at thy father's 26 And Judah acknowledged them, and house, till Shelah my son be grown; (for said, She hath been more righteous than 1; be said, Lest peradventure he die also as because that I gave her not to Shelah my bis brethren did :) and Tamar went and son: and he knew her again no more. dwelt in her father's house.

27 And it came to pass in the time of her 12 [ And in process of time, the daugh- travail, that behold, twins were in her ter of Shuab Judah's wife died: and Judah womb. was comforted, and went up unto his sheep- 28 And it came to pass when she trashearers to Timnath, he and his friend vailed, that the one put out his hand; and Hirah the Adullamite.

the midwife and bound upon his hand 13 And it was told Tamar, saying, Be-a scarletthread, saying, This came out first. hold, thy father-in-law goeth up to Tim- 29 And it came to pass as he drew back nath, to shear his sheep.

his band, that behold, his brother came 14 And she put her widow's garments out; and she said, How hast thou broken off from her, and covered her with a vail, forth ? this breach be upon thee: thereand wrapped herself, and sat in an open fore his name was called Pharez. place, which is by the way to Timnath : for 30 And afterward came out his brother she saw that Shelah was grown, and she that had the scarlet thread upon his hand; was not given unto him to wife.

and his name was called Zarah. 15 When Judah saw her, he thought

CHAP. XXXIX. her to be a barlot; because she had cov


ND Joseph was brought down to ered her face.

Egypt: and Potiphar, an officer of 16 And he turned unto her by the way, Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egypand said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come tian, bought him of the hands of the Ishin unto thee ; (for he knew not that she was maelites, which had brought him down his daughter-in-law :) and she said, What thither. wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come 2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and in unto me?

he was a prosperous man: and he was in
17 And he said, I will send thee a kid the house of his master the Egyptian.
from the flock: and she said, Wilt thou 3 And his master saw that the LORD was
give me a pledge, till thou send it? with him, and that the Lord made all that

18 And he said, What pledge shall I he did to prosper in his hand.
give thee? and she said, Thy signet, and 4 And Joseph found grace in his sight,
thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thy and he served him: and he made him
band: and he gave it her, and came in overseer over his house, and all that he
unto her, and she conceived by him. had he put into his hand.

19 And she arose and went away and 5 And it came to pass from the time
laid by her vail from her, and put on the that he had made him overseer in his
garments of her widowhood.

house, and over all that he had, that the 20 And Judah sent the kid by the band LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for of his friend the Adullamite, to receive hıs Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the

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Potiphar's wife tempts Joseph. GENESIS The butler and baker unprisoned. LORD was upon all that he had in the 23 The keeper of the prison looked not house, and in the field.

to any thing that was under his hand; be. 6 And he left all that he had in Joseph's cause the LORD was with him: and that hand; and he knew not aught he had, save which he did, the LORD made it to prosper. the bread which he did eat: and Joseph

CHAP. XL, was a goodly person, and well-favoured. ND it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon and his baker had offended their lord the Joseph: and she said, Lie with me. king of Egypt.

8 But he refused, and said unto his mas- 2 And Pharaoh was wroth against two of ter's wise, Behold, my master wotteth not his officers, against the chief of the butwhat is with me in the house, and he hath lers, and against the chief of the bakers. committed all that he hath to my hand; 3 And he put them in ward in the house

9 There is none greater in this house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, than I ; neither hath he kept back any thing the place where Joseph was bound, from me, but thee, because thou art bis 4 And the captain of the guard charged wife: how then can I do this great wicked- Joseph with them, and he served them; ness, and sin against God ?

and they continued a season in ward. 10 And it came to pass, as she spake to 5 | And they dreamed a dream both Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not of them, each man his dream in one night, unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. each man according to the interpretation

11 And it came to pass about this time, of his dream; the butler and the baker of that Joseph went into the house to do his the king of Egypt, which were bound in business; and there was none of the men the prison. of the house there within.

6 And Joseph came in unto them in the 12 And she caught him by bis garment, morning, and looked upon them, and be saying, Lie with me: and lie left his gar-hold, they were sad. ment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. 7 And he asked Pharaoh's officers that

13 And it came to pass, when she saw were with him in the ward of his lord's that he had left his garment in her hand, bouse, saying, Wherefore look ye so and was fled forth,

sadly to-day? 14 That she called unto the men of her 8 And they said unto him, We have house, and spake unto them, saying, See, dreamed a dream, and there is no interhe hath brought in a Hebrew unto us to preter of it. And Joseph said unto them, mock us: he came in unto me to lie with Do not interpr ations belong to God? . me, and I cried with a loud voice: Tell me them, I pray you.

15 And it came to pass, when he heard 9 And the chief butler told his dream that I lifted up my voice and cried, that to Joseph, and said unto him, In my dream, he left his garment with me, and ded, and behold, a vine was before me; got him out.

10 And in the vine were three branches : 16 And she laid up his garment by her, and it was as though it budded, and her until his lord came home.

blossoms shot forth ; and the clusters 17 And she spake unto him according thereof brought forth ripe grapes : to these words, saying, The Hebrew ser- 11 And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand : vant which thou hast brought unto us, and I took the grapes, and pressed them came in unto me to mock me:

into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup 18 And came to pass as I lifted up into Pharaoh's hand. my voice and cried, that he left his gar- 12 And Joseph said unto him, This is ment with me, and fled out.

the interpretation of it: The three branch19 And it came to pass, when his mas- es are three days; ter heard the words of his wife, which 13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh she spake unto him, saying, After this lift up thy head, and restore thee unto manner did thy servant to me; that his thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's wrath was kindled.

cup into his hand, after the former manner 20 And Joseph's master took him, and when thou wast bis butler. put him into the prison, a place where the 14 But think on me when it shall be king's prisoners were bound: and be was well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray there in the prison.

thee, unto me, and make mention of ineunto 21 T But the LORD was with Joseph, Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house : and shewed him mercy, and gave him fa- 15 For indeed I was stolen away out vour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. of the land of the Hebrews. and here also

22 And the keeper of the prison com- have I done nothing that they should put mitted to Joseph's hand all the prisoners me into the dungeon. that were in the prison; and whatsoever 16 When the chief baker saw that the they did there, he was the duer of it. interpretation was good, he said unto Jo


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