And Jacob dwelt in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan.NoneThese are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren, being still a lad even with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought evil report of them unto their father.NoneNow 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 colours.NoneAnd when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.NoneAnd Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren; and they hated him yet the more.NoneAnd he said unto them: ‘Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:Nonefor, 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 bowed down to my sheaf.’NoneAnd 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.NoneAnd 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 bowed down to me.’NoneAnd 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 to thee to the earth?’NoneAnd his brethren envied him; but his father kept the saying in mind. .NoneAnd his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem.NoneAnd Israel said unto Joseph: ‘Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them.’ And he said to him: ‘Here am I.’NoneAnd he said to him: ‘Go now, see whether it is well with thy brethren, and well with the flock; and bring me back word.’ So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.NoneAnd a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying: ‘What seekest thou?’NoneAnd he said: ‘I seek my brethren. Tell me, I pray thee, where they are feeding the flock.’NoneAnd 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.NoneAnd they saw him afar off, and before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.NoneAnd they said one to another: ‘Behold, this dreamer cometh.NoneCome now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say: An evil beast hath devoured him; and we shall see what will become of his dreams.’NoneAnd Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand; and said: ‘Let us not take his life.’NoneAnd 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.NoneAnd it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph of his coat, the coat of many colours that was on him;Noneand they took him, and cast him into the pit—and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.NoneAnd they sat down to eat bread; and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites came from Gilead, with their camels bearing spicery and balm and ladanum, going to carry it down to Egypt.NoneAnd Judah said unto his brethren: ‘What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood?NoneCome, 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.NoneAnd there passed by Midianites, merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they brought Joseph into Egypt.NoneAnd Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.NoneAnd he returned unto his brethren, and said: ‘The child is not; and as for me, whither shall I go?’NoneAnd they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a he-goat, and dipped the coat in the blood;Noneand they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said: ‘This have we found. Know now whether it is thy son’s coat or not.’NoneAnd he knew it, and said: ‘It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn in pieces.’NoneAnd Jacob rent his garments, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.NoneAnd all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said: ‘Nay, but I will go down to the grave to my son mourning.’ And his father wept for him.NoneAnd the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, the captain of the guard.None
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