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37:1,2 And Jacob.(Jacob
was the dad of Joseph; Jacob's
story is here and Joseph's basic story starts here in this chapter
37).dwelt in the land of Canaan
wherein his father was a stranger. These are the generations of Jacob.
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 evil report.
Jacob's family was growing large the neighboring Canaanites
took notice and became hostile toward them.
37:3 Now Israel.(Jacob's
name was changed
to Israel, why?).loved
more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. And
he made him a coat of many colours.
37:4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than
all his brethren, they hated him and could not speak peaceably unto him.
were differences in heart
of the majority
of those in the Old
Testament as compared to the New
37:5-7 And Joseph dreamed a dream.(about
dreams).and he told it his
brethren. And they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear,
I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed. For, behold, we were binding
sheaves in the field and lo, my sheaf arose and also stood upright and
behold, your sheaves stood round about and made obeisance
to my sheaf.
37:8 And his brethren said to him, Shall you indeed reign having dominion
over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams and for his words.
37:9 And he dreamed yet another dream and told it his brethren and
said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more and behold, the sun and the moon.(original
for 'moon' is 'month', here meaning 'month of eleven stars', referring
to his 11 brothers;
pic and info on the moon).and
the eleven stars made obeisance
didn't see the impact of his dream at this time, which later turned out
to be how he would save his family and all Egypt from seven years of famine
(Genesis 41:29-31) when he ended
up being ruler in Egypt just under Pharaoh
and this all because of God turning the evil his brothers did to him, into
good for all:.Genesis
37:10,11 And he told it to his father and to his brethren. And his
father rebuked him and said unto him, What is this dream that you have
dreamed? Shall I and your mother and brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves
to the Earth to you? And his brethren envied
him, but his father observed the saying.(thought
there might be something to it, but had no idea what it could be).
37:12 And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.
37:13 And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not your brethren feed the flock
in Shechem? Come and I will send you unto them. And Joseph said to him,
I'm ready to go.
37:14-17 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well
with your brethren and well with the flocks and bring me word again. So
he sent him out of the vale of Hebron and he came to Shechem. And a certain
man found him and behold, he was wandering in the field. And the man asked
him, saying, What seek you? And he said, I seek my brethren. Tell me, I
pray thee, where they feed their flocks.
37:17 And the man said, They are departed from here, for I heard them
say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren and found
them in Dothan.
37:18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto
them, they conspired
against him to slay him.
brothers had the attitude of Cain.
37:19,20 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer comes.
Come now therefore and let us slay him and cast him into some pit and we
will say, Some evil beast has devoured him. And we shall see what will
become of his dreams.
37:21,22 And Reuben heard it and he delivered him out of their hands
and said, Let us not kill him. And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood,
but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness and lay no hand upon
hurt him), that they might rid him out of their hands, to
deliver him to his father again.
was trying to keep him alive by convincing his brothers that they would
be rid of him if they did this, in hopes he would get out of the pit and
make his way home safe.
37:23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren,
that they stript Joseph out of his coat.(his
coat that his dad made for him; the brothers were jealous of Joseph
as he was favored by his father Jacob), his coat of many
colours that was on him;
37:24 And they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty,
there was no water in it.
37:25 And they sat down to eat bread. And they lifted up their eyes
and looked and behold, a company of Ishmaelites
came from Gilead
with their camels bearing spicery
and balm and myrrh,
going to carry it down to Egypt.
was another name for Egypt way back when:.Genesis
37:26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay
our brother and conceal his blood?
37:27 Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and let not our hand
be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were
content with that idea.
37:28 Then there passed by the Midianites
merchantmen and they drew and lifted up Joseph
out of the pit and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites
for twenty pieces of silver. And they brought Joseph into Egypt.
37:29,30 And Reuben returned unto the pit.(Reuben
wasn't around when his brothers dragged Joseph out of the pit and sold
him).and behold, Joseph was
not in the pit and he rent.(he
clothes. And he returned unto his brethren and said, The child is not around
and I, whither shall I go to find him?
37:31-35 And they took Joseph's coat and killed a kid of the goats
and dipped the coat in the blood; And they took the coat of many colours
and brought it to their father and said, This have we found. Know now whether
it be your son Joseph's coat or no. And he knew it and said, It is my son's
coat. An evil beast has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt
in pieces. And Jacob rent.(tore).his
clothes and put sackcloth upon his loins and mourned for his son many days.
And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused
to be comforted and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my
son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.
37:36 And the Midianites.(one
of the Arab nations which came from one of Abraham's sons named Midian
of those called Ishmaelites, an
Arab nation coming from Ishmael, also a son of Abraham but by a different
woman).sold him into Egypt.(Genesis
an officer of Pharaoh's and captain of the guard.
pharaoh was this one? And here Joseph rises to the top, saves Egypt
and his family from the famine and all this was the meaning of Joseph's
dream he had so much earlier dreamt:.Genesis