Genesis

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Copyright 1929 by the International Council of Religious Education

Chapter 33

[1]And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau was coming, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids. [2]And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost. [3]And he himself passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. [4]And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept. [5]And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are these with thee? And he said, The children whom God hath graciously given thy servant. [6]Then the handmaids came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves. [7]And Leah also and her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves. [8]And he said, What meanest thou by all this company which I met? And he said, To find favor in the sight of my lord. [9]And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; let that which thou hast be thine. [10]And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found favor in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand; forasmuch as I have seen thy face, as one seeth the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me. [11]Take, I pray thee, my gift that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it. [12]And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee. [13]And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and that the flocks and herds with me have their young: and if they overdrive them one day, all the flocks will die. [14]Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on gently, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come unto my lord unto Seir. [15]And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me. And he said, What needeth it? let me find favor in the sight of my lord. [16]So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir. [17]And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him a house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.

[18]And Jacob came in peace to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Paddan-aram; and encamped before the city. [19]And he bought the parcel of ground, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for a hundred pieces of money. [20]And he erected there an altar, and called it El-elohe-israel.

Chapter 34

[1]And Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. [2]And Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her; And he took her, and lay with her, and humbled her. [3] And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel. [4]And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife. [5]Now Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter; and his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they came. [6]And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him. [7]And the sons of Jacob came in from the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done. [8]And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you, give her unto him to wife. [9] And make ye marriages with us; give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you. [10]And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein. [11]And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find favor in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give. [12]Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife. [13]And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father with guile, and spake, because he had defiled Dinah their sister, [14]and said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us. [15]Only on this condition will we consent unto you: if ye will be as we are, that every male of you be circumcised; [16]then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people. [17]But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.

[18]And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son. [19]And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter: and he was honored above all the house of his father. [20]And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying, [21]These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for, behold, the land is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters. [22]Only on this condition will the men consent unto us to dwell with us, to become one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised. [23]Shall not their cattle and their substance and all their beasts be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us. [24]And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city. [25] And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city unawares, and slew all the males. [26]And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went forth. [27]The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and plundered the city, because they had defiled their sister. [28]They took their flocks and their herds and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field; [29]and all their wealth, and all their little ones and their wives, took they captive and made a prey, even all that was in the house. [30]And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me, to make me odious to the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and, I being few in number, they will gather themselves together against me and smite me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house. [31]And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with a harlot?

Chapter 35

[1]And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, who appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother. [2]Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the foreign gods that are among you, and purify yourselves, and change your garments: [3]and let us arise, and go up to Beth-el; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. [4]And they gave unto Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hand, and the rings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. [5]And they journeyed: and a terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob. [6]So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan (the same is Beth-el), he and all the people that were with him. [7]And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el; because there God was revealed unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother. [8]And Deborah Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried below Beth-el under the oak: and the name of it was called Allon-bacuth.

[9]And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him. [10]And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. [11] And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; [12]and the land which I gave unto Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land. [13]And God went up from him in the place where he spake with him. [14] And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he spake with him, a pillar of stone: and he poured out a drink-offering thereon, and poured oil thereon. [15]And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Beth-el.

[16]And they journeyed from Beth-el; and there was still some distance to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labor. [17]And it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; for now thou shalt have another son. [18]And it came to pass, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-oni: but his father called him Benjamin. [19]And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath (the same is Beth-lehem). [20]And Jacob set up a pillar upon her grave: the same is the Pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day. [21] And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Eder. [22]And it came to pass, while Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard of it.

Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: [23]The sons of Leah: Reuben, Jacob's first-born, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun; [24]the sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin; [25]and the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid: Dan and Naphtali; [26]and the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid: Gad and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, that were born to him in Paddan-aram. [27]And Jacob came unto Isaac his father to Mamre, to Kiriath-arba (the same is Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac sojourned. [28]And the days of Isaac were a hundred and fourscore years. [29]And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, old and full of days: and Esau and Jacob his sons buried him.

Chapter 36

[1]Now these are the generations of Esau (the same is Edom). [2]Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan: Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite, [3]and Basemath Ishmael's daughter, sister of Nebaioth. [4]And Adah bare to Esau Eliphaz; and Basemath bare Reuel; [5]and Oholibamah bare Jeush, and Jalam, and Korah: these are the sons of Esau, that were born unto him in the land of Canaan. [6] And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the souls of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his possessions, which he had gather in the land of Canaan; and went into a land away from his brother Jacob. [7] For their substance was too great for them to dwell together; and the land of their sojournings could not bear them because of their cattle. [8]And Esau dwelt in mount Seir: Esau is Edom.

[9]And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir: [10]these are the names of Esau's sons: Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reuel the son of Basemath the wife of Esau. [11]And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz. [12] And Timna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau's son; and she bare to Eliphaz Amalek: these are the sons of Adah, Esau's wife. [13] And these are the sons of Reuel: Nahath, and Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah: these were the sons of Basemath, Esau's wife. [14] And these were the sons of Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon, Esau's wife: and she bare to Esau Jeush, and Jalam, and Korah.

[15]These are the chiefs of the sons of Esau: the sons of Eliphaz the first-born of Esau: chief Teman, chief Omar, chief Zepho, chief Kenaz, [16]chief Korah, chief Gatam, chief Amalek: these are the chiefs that came of Eliphaz in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Adah. [17]And these are the sons of Reuel, Esau's son: chief Nahath, chief Zerah, chief Shammah, chief Mizzah: these are the chiefs that came of Reuel in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Basemath, Esau's wife. [18]And these are the sons of Oholibamah, Esau's wife: chief Jeush, chief Jalam, chief Korah: these are the chiefs that came of Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, Esau's wife. [19]These are the sons of Esau, and these are their chiefs: the same is Edom.

[20]These are the sons of Seir the Horite, the inhabitants of the land: Lotan and Shobal and Zibeon and Anah, [21]and Dishon and Ezer and Dishan: these are the chiefs that came of the Horites, the children of Seir in the land of Edom. [22]And the children of Lotan were Hori and Heman. And Lotan's sister was Timna. [23]And these are the children of Shobal: Alvan and Manahath and Ebal, Shepho and Onam. [24] And these are the children of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah; this is Anah who found the hot springs in the wilderness, as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father. [25]And these are the children of Anah: Dishon and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah. [26]And these are the children of Dishon: Hemdan and Eshban and Ithran and Cheran. [27]These are the children of Ezer: Bilhan and Zaavan and Akan. [28]These are the children of Dishan: Uz and Aran. [29]These are the chiefs that came of the Horites: chief Lotan, chief Shobal, chief Zibeon, chief Anah, [30] chief Dishon, chief Ezer, chief Dishan: these are the chiefs that came of the Horites, according to their chiefs in the land of Seir.

[31]And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel. [32]And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom; and the name of his city was Dinhabah. [33]And Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his stead. [34]And Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his stead. [35]And Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who smote Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Avith. [36]And Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his stead. [37]And Samlah died, and Shaul of Rehoboth by the River reigned in his stead. [38]And Shaul died, and Baal-hanan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead. [39]And Baal-hanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Pau; and his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Me-zahab.

[40]And these are the names of the chiefs that came of Esau, according to their families, after their places, by their names: chief Timna, chief Alvah, chief Jetheth, [41]chief Oholibamah, chief Elah, chief Pinon, [42]chief Kenaz, chief Teman, chief Mibzar, [43]chief Magdiel, chief Iram: these are the chiefs of Edom, according to their habitations in the land of their possession. This is Esau, the father of the Edomites.

Chapter 37

[1]And Jacob dwelt in the land of his father's sojournings, 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 he was a lad with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought the evil report of them unto their father. [3]Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors. [4]And his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren; and they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

[5]And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. [6]And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: [7]for, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves came round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. [8] And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? Or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. [9]And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars made obeisance to me. [10]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 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 father kept the saying in mind.

[12]And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. [13]And Israel said unto Joseph, Are not thy brethren feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I. [14]And he said to him, Go now, see whether it is well with thy brethren, and well with the flock; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. [15]And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? [16] And he said, I am seeking my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they are feeding [the flock]. [17]And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

[18]And they saw him afar off, and before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. [19]And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. [20] Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say, And evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams. [21]And Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand, and said, Let us not take his life. [22]And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood; cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but lay no hand upon him: that he might deliver him out of their hand, to restore him to his father. [23]And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph of his coat, the coat of many colors that was on him; [24]and they took him, and cast him into the pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

[25]And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. [26]And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood? [27]Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother, our flesh. And his brethren hearkened unto him. [28] And there passed by 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.

[29]And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes. [30]And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go? [31]And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a he-goat, and dipped the coat in the blood; [32]and they sent the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father, and said, This have we found: know now whether it is thy son's coat or not. [33]And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat: an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn in pieces. [34]And Jacob rent his garments, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. [35]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 to Sheol to my son mourning. And his father wept for him. [36]And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, the captain of the guard.

Chapter 38

[1]And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah. [2]And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua. And he took her, and went in unto her. [3]And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er. [4]And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan. [5]And she yet again bare a son, and called his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him. [6]And Judah took a wife for Er his first-born, and her name was Tamar. [7]And Er, Judah's first-born, was wicked in the sight of Jehovah. And Jehovah slew him. [8]And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and perform the duty of a husband's brother unto her, and raise up seed to thy brother. [9]And Onan knew that the seed would not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest he should give seed to his brother. [10]And the thing which he did was evil in the sight of Jehovah: and he slew him also. [11]Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter-in-law, Remain a widow in thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown up; for he said, Lest he also die, like his brethren. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.

[12]And in process of time Shua's daughter, the wife of Judah, died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheep-shearers to Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. [13]And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold, thy father-in-law goeth up to Timnah to shear his sheep. [14]And she put off from her the garments of her widowhood, and covered herself with her veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in the gate of Enaim, which is by the way to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah was grown up, and she was not given unto him to wife. [15] When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; for she had covered her face. [16]And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Come, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee: for he knew not that she was his daughter-in-law. And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me? [17]And he said, I will send thee a kid of the goats from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it? [18] And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet and thy cord, and thy staff that is in thy hand. And he gave them to her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him. [19]And she arose, and went away, and put off her veil from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood. [20]And Judah sent the kid of the goats by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive the pledge from the woman's hand: but he found her not. [21]Then he asked the men of her place, saying, Where is the prostitute, that was at Enaim by the wayside? And they said, There hath been no prostitute here. [22]And he returned to Judah, and said, I have not found her; and also the men of the place said, There hath been no prostitute here. [23]And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be put to shame: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.

[24]And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter-in-law hath played the harlot; and moreover, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. [25] When she was brought forth, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and the cords, and the staff. [26]And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She is more righteous than I; forasmuch as I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more. [27]And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb. [28]And it came to pass, when she travailed, that one put out a hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first. [29]And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, Wherefore hast thou made a breach for thyself? Therefore his name was called Perez. [30]And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zerah.

Chapter 39

[1]And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hand of the Ishmaelites, that had brought him down thither. [2]And Jehovah was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. [3]And his master saw that Jehovah was with him, and that Jehovah made all that he did to prosper in his hand. [4]And Joseph found favor in his sight, and he ministered unto him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. [5]And it came to pass from the time that he made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that Jehovah blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of Jehovah was upon all that he had, in the house and in the field. [6]And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not aught [that was] with him, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was comely, and well-favored.

[7]And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. [8]But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master knoweth not what is with me in the house, and he hath put all that he hath into my hand: [9]he is not greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back anything from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? [10]And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, [or] to be with her. [11]And it came to pass about this time, that he went into the house to do his work; and there was none of the men of the house there within. [12]And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. [13]And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, [14]that she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in a Hebrew unto us to mock us: he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice: [15]and it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment by me, and fled, and got him out. [16]And she laid up his garment by her, until his master came home. [17]And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, whom thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me: [18] and it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment by me, and fled out.

[19]And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. [20]And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. [21]But Jehovah was with Joseph, and showed kindness unto him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. [22]And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. [23]The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand, because Jehovah was with him; and that which he did, Jehovah made it prosper.

Chapter 40

[1]And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker offended their lord the king of Egypt. [2]And Pharaoh was wroth against his two officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. [3]And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound. [4]And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he ministered unto them: and they continued a season in ward. [5]And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream, in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were bound in the prison. [6]And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and saw them, and, behold, they were sad. [7]And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in ward in his master's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sad to-day? [8]And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell it me, I pray you.

[9]And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; [10] and in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, [and] its blossoms shot forth; [and] the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes: [11]and Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand. [12] And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days; [13]within yet three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head, and restore thee unto thine office: and thou shalt give Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler. [14]But have me in thy remembrance when it shall be well with thee, and show kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: [15]for indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.

[16]When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, three baskets of white bread were on my head: [17]and in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of baked food for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head. [18]And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: the three baskets are three days; [19]within yet three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee. [20]And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and the head of the chief baker among his servants. [21]And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand: [22]but he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them. [23]Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

Chapter 41

[1]And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river. [2]And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, well-favored and fat-fleshed; and they fed in the reed-grass. [3]And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill-favored and lean-fleshed, and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river. [4]And the ill-favored and lean-fleshed kine did eat up the seven well-favored and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke. [5]And he slept and dreamed a second time: and, behold, seven ears of grain came up upon one stalk, rank and good. [6]And, behold, seven ears, thin and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them. [7]And the thin ears swallowed up the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream. [8]And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.

[9]Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day: [10]Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, me and the chief baker: [11]and we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream. [12]And there was with us there a young man, a Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret. [13]And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.

[14]Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. [15]And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that when thou hearest a dream thou canst interpret it. [16]And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace. [17]And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the brink of the river: [18]and, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fat-fleshed and well-favored: and they fed in the reed-grass: [19]and, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill-favored and lean-fleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness: [20]and the lean and ill-favored kine did eat up the first seven fat kine: [21]and when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill-favored, as at the beginning. So I awoke. [22]And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up upon one stalk, full and good: [23]and, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, [and] blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them: [24]and the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears: and I told it unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me.

[25]And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: what God is about to do he hath declared unto Pharaoh. [26]The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one. [27]And the seven lean and ill-favored kine that came up after them are seven years, and also the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind; they shall be seven years of famine. [28]That is the thing which I spake unto Pharaoh: what God is about to do he hath showed unto Pharaoh. [29]Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt: [30]and there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land; [31]and the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine which followeth; for it shall be very grievous. [32]And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh, it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass. [33]Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. [34]Let Pharaoh do [this], and let him appoint overseers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. [35]And let them gather all the food of these good years that come, and lay up grain under the hand of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. [36]And the food shall be for a store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.

[37]And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants. [38]And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom the spirit of God is? [39]And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath showed thee all of this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou: [40]thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. [41]And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. [42]And Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; [43]and he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he set him over all the land of Egypt. [44]And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or his foot in all the land of Egypt. [45]And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath, the daughter of Poti-phera priest of On. And Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.

[46]And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. [47]And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls. [48]And he gathered up all the food of the seven years which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same. [49]And Joseph laid up grain as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left off numbering; for it was without number. [50]And unto Joseph were born two sons before the year of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bare unto him. [51]And Joseph called the name of the first-born Manasseh: For, [said he], God hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house. [52]And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath made me fruitful in the land of my affliction. [53]And the seven years of plenty, that was in the land of Egypt, came to an end. [54]And the seven years of famine began to come, according as Joseph had said: and there was famine in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. [55]And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do. [56]And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the store-houses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine was sore in the land of Egypt. [57]And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was sore in all the earth.

Chapter 42

[1]Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another? [2]And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die. [3]And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy grain from Egypt. [4]But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest Peradventure harm befall him. [5]And the sons of Israel came to buy among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan. [6]And Joseph was the governor over the land; he it was that sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves to him with their faces to the earth. [7]And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly with them; and he said unto them. Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food. [8]And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. [9]And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come. [10]And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come. [11]We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies. [12]And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come. [13]And they said, We thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not. [14]And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies: [15]hereby ye shall be proved: by the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither. [16]Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be bound, that your words may be proved, whether there be truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies. [17] And he put them all together into ward three days.

[18]And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live: for I fear God: [19]if ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in your prison-house; but go ye, carry grain for the famine of your houses: [20]and bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so. [21]And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us. [22]And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore also, behold, his blood is required. [23]And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for there was an interpreter between them. [24]And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and he returned to them, and spake to them, and took Simeon from among them, and bound him before their eyes. [25] Then Joseph commanded to fill their vessels with grain, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provisions for the way: and thus was it done unto them.

[26]And they laded their asses with their grain, and departed thence. [27]And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the lodging-place, he espied his money; and, behold, it was in the mouth of his sack. [28]And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they turned trembling one to another, saying, What is this that God hath done unto us? [29]And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that had befallen them, saying, [30]The man, the lord of the land, spake roughly with us, and took us for spies of the country. [31]And we said unto him, We are true men; and we are no spies: [32]we are twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan. [33]And the man, the lord of the land, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men: leave one of your brethren with me, and take [grain for] the famine of your houses, and go your way; [34]and bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffic in the land.

[35]And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack: and when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were afraid. [36]And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me. [37]And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again. [38]And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he only is left: if harm befall him by the way in which ye go, then will ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to Sheol.