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Gênesis 37

1 And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was aThat is, the story of such things as came to him and his family as in (Gen_5:1)stranger, in the land of Canaan.

2 These [are] the generations of Jacob. Joseph, [being] seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad [was] with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evilHe complained of the evil words and injuries which they spoke and did to him.report.

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.

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.

5 And JosephGod revealed to him by a dream what should come to pass.dreamed a dream, and he told [it] his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.

6 For he saide vnto them, Heare, I pray you, this dreame which I haue dreamed.

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.

8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And theyThe more God shows himself favourable to his own, the more the malice of the wicked rages against them.hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.

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.

10 And he told [it] to his father, and to his brethren: and his fatherNot despising the vision, but seeking to appease his brethren.rebuked him, and said unto him, What [is] this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

11 And his brethren envied him; but his fatherHe knew that God was the author of the dream, but he did not understand the meaning.observed the saying.

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

13 And Israel said vnto Ioseph, Doe not thy brethren keepe in Shechem? Come and I will send thee to them.

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.

15 Then a man found him: for lo, hee was wandring in the fielde, and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

16 And he answered, I seeke my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they keepe sheepe.

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.

18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, theyThe Holy Spirit does not cover the faults of men, as vain writers do, who make virtues out of vices.conspired against him to slay him.

19 For they sayd one to another, Behold, this dreamer commeth.

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.

21 But when Reuben heard that, he deliuered him out of their handes, and saide, Let vs not kill him.

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.

23 Now when Ioseph was come vnto his brethren, they stript Ioseph out of his coate, his particoloured coate that was vpon him.

24 And they took him, and castTheir hypocrisy appears in this that they feared man more than God: and thought it was not murder, if they did not shed his blood or had excuses to cover their fault.him into a pit: and the pit [was] empty, [there was] no water in it.

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.

26 Then Iudah said vnto his brethren, What auaileth it, if we slay our brother, though wee keepe his blood secret?

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.

28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to theMoses writes according to the opinion of those who took the Midianites and Ishmaelites to be one, and here mixes their names: as also appears in (Gen_37:36, Gen_39:1) or else he was first offered to the Midianites, but sold to the Ishmaelites.Ishmeelites for twenty [pieces] of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

29 Afterwarde Reuben returned to the pit, and beholde, Ioseph was not in the pit: then he rent his clothes,

30 And returned to his brethren, and said, The childe is not yonder, and I, whither shall I goe?

31 And they tooke Iosephs coate, and killed a kidde of the goates, and dipped the coate in the blood.

32 And they sent the coat of [many] colours,That is, the messengers who were sent.and they brought [it] to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it [be] thy son's coat or no.

33 Then he knewe it and said, It is my sonnes coate: a wicked beast hath deuoured him: Ioseph is surely torne in pieces.

34 And Iaakob rent his clothes, & put sackecloth about his loynes, and sorowed for his sonne a long season.

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.

36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, anOr «eunuch», which does not always signify a man that is gelded, but also someone that is in some high position.officer of Pharaoh's, [and] captain of the guard.

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