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Genesis 37:1-11 (Today's New International Version)

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Joseph's Dreams

1 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed,1 the land of Canaan.2 2 This is the account3 of Jacob's family line. Joseph,4 a young man of seventeen,5 was tending the flocks6 with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah7 and the sons of Zilpah,8 his father's wives, and he brought their father a bad report9 about them. 3 Now Israel10 loved Joseph more than any of his other sons,11 because he had been born to him in his old age;12 and he made a richly ornamenteda robe13 for him.14 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him15 and could not speak a kind word to him. 5 Joseph had a dream,16 and when he told it to his brothers,17 they hated him all the more.18 6 He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves19 of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it."20 8 His brothers said to him, "Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?"21 And they hated him all the more22 because of his dream and what he had said. 9 Then he had another dream,23 and he told it to his brothers. "Listen," he said, "I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars24 were bowing down to me."25 10 When he told his father as well as his brothers,26 his father rebuked27 him and said, "What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?"28 11 His brothers were jealous of him,29 but his father kept the matter in mind.30
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