Genesis 37:1-17 (New American Standard)

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Joseph's Dream

1 Now Jacob lived in 1the land awhere his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan. 2 These are the records of the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when 2seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with 3the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought back a 4bad report about them to their father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was 5the son of his old age; and he made him a b6varicolored tunic. 4 His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they 7hated him and could not speak to him con friendly terms. 5 Then Joseph d8had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more . 6 He said to them, "Please listen to this dream which I have ehad; 7 for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and 9bowed down to my sheaf." 8 Then his brothers said to him, "10Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?" So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. 9 Now he fhad still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, "Lo, I have ghad still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me." 10 He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have hhad? Shall I and your mother and 11your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?" 11 12His brothers were jealous of him, but his father 13kept the saying in mind. 12 Then his brothers went to pasture their father's flock in Shechem. 13 Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers pasturing the flock in 14Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them." And he said to him, "iI will go." 14 Then he said to him, "Go now and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me." So he sent him from the valley of 15Hebron, and he came to Shechem. 15 A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, "jWhat are you looking for?" 16 He said, "I am looking for my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing the flock." 17 Then the man said, "They have moved from here; for I heard them say, 'Let us go to 16Dothan.' " So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.
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