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Genesis: 

Chapters:  35  36  37  38  39  40  41  42


Genesis: Chapter 35


1 Then God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother."
  2 And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments.
  3 Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone."
  4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hands, and the earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree which was by Shechem. 
5 And they journeyed, and the terror of God was upon the cities that were all around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.
  6 So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him.
  7 And he built an altar there and called the place El Bethel, because there God appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother. 
 8 Now Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died, and she was buried below Bethel under the terebinth tree. So the name of it was called Allon Bachuth. 
 9 Then God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan Aram, and blessed him. 
10 And God said to him, "Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name." So He called his name Israel. 
11 Also God said to him: "I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. 
12 The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; and to your descendants after you I give this land." 13 Then God went up from him in the place where He talked with him. 
14 So Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He talked with him, a pillar of stone; and he poured a drink offering on it, and he poured oil on it. 
15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Bethel. 
16 Then they journeyed from Bethel. And when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath, Rachel labored in childbirth, and she had hard labor. 
17 Now it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said to her, "Do not fear; you will have this son also." 
18 And so it was, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-Oni; but his father called him Benjamin. 
19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). 
20 And Jacob set a pillar on her grave, which is the pillar of Rachel's grave to this day. 
21 Then Israel journeyed and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder. 
22 And it happened, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine; and Israel heard about it. 
Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: 
23 the sons of Leah were Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun; 24 the sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin; 
25 the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maidservant, were Dan and Naphtali; 
26 and the sons of Zilpah, Leah's maidservant, were Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Padan Aram. 
27 Then Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre, or Kirjath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had dwelt. 
28 Now the days of Isaac were one hundred and eighty years. 
29 So Isaac breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people, being old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. 

Genesis: Chapter 36


 1 Now this is the genealogy of Esau, who is Edom.
 2 Esau took his wives from the daughters of Canaan: Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite; Aholibamah the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite;
 3 and Basemath, Ishmael's daughter, sister of Nebajoth.  4 Now Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau, and Basemath bore Reuel.
 5 And Aholibamah bore Jeush, Jaalam, and Korah. These were the sons of Esau who were born to him in the land of Canaan.
 6 Then Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all the persons of his household, his cattle and all his animals, and all his goods which he had gained in the land of Canaan, and went to a country away from the presence of his brother Jacob.
 7 For their possessions were too great for them to dwell together, and the land where they were strangers could not support them because of their livestock.
 8 So Esau dwelt in Mount Seir. Esau is Edom. 
 9 And this is the genealogy of Esau the father of the Edomites in Mount Seir. 
10 These were the names of Esau's sons: Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, and Reuel the son of Basemath the wife of Esau. 
11 And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, and Kenaz. 
12 Now Timna was the concubine of Eliphaz, Esau's son, and she bore Amalek to Eliphaz. These were the sons of Adah, Esau's wife. 
13 These were the sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. These were the sons of Basemath, Esau's wife. 
14 These were the sons of Aholibamah, Esau's wife, the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon. And she bore to Esau: Jeush, Jaalam, and Korah. 
15 These were the chiefs of the sons of Esau. The sons of Eliphaz, the firstborn son of Esau, were Chief Teman, Chief Omar, Chief Zepho, Chief Kenaz, 
16 Chief Korah, Chief Gatam, and Chief Amalek. These were the chiefs of Eliphaz in the land of Edom. They were the sons of Adah. 
17 These were the sons of Reuel, Esau's son: Chief Nahath, Chief Zerah, Chief Shammah, and Chief Mizzah. These were the chiefs of Reuel in the land of Edom. These were the sons of Basemath, Esau's wife. 
18 And these were the sons of Aholibamah, Esau's wife: Chief Jeush, Chief Jaalam, and Chief Korah. These were the chiefs who descended from Aholibamah, Esau's wife, the daughter of Anah. 
19 These were the sons of Esau, who is Edom, and these were their chiefs. 
20 These were the sons of Seir the Horite who inhabited the land: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, 
21 Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. These were the chiefs of the Horites, the sons of Seir, in the land of Edom. 
22 And the sons of Lotan were Hori and Hemam. Lotan's sister was Timna. 
23 These were the sons of Shobal: Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam. 
24 These were the sons of Zibeon: both Ajah and Anah. This was the Anah who found the water in the wilderness as he pastured the donkeys of his father Zibeon. 
25 These were the children of Anah: Dishon and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah. 
26 These were the sons of Dishon: Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran. 
27 These were the sons of Ezer: Bilhan, Zaavan, and Akan. 
28 These were the sons of Dishan: Uz and Aran. 
29 These were the chiefs of the Horites: Chief Lotan, Chief Shobal, Chief Zibeon, Chief Anah, 
30 Chief Dishon, Chief Ezer, and Chief Dishan. These were the chiefs of the Horites, according to their chiefs in the land of Seir. 
31 Now these were the kings who reigned in the land of Edom before any king reigned over the children of Israel: 
32 Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom, and the name of his city was Dinhabah. 
33 And when Bela died, Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his place. 
34 When Jobab died, Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his place. 
35 And when Husham died, Hadad the son of Bedad, who attacked Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his place. And the name of his city was Avith. 
36 When Hadad died, Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his place. 
37 And when Samlah died, Saul of Rehoboth-by-the-River reigned in his place. 
38 When Saul died, Baal-Hanan the son of Achbor reigned in his place. 
39 And when Baal-Hanan the son of Achbor died, Hadar reigned in his place; and the name of his city was Pau. His wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab. 
40 And these were the names of the chiefs of Esau, according to their families and their places, by their names: Chief Timnah, Chief Alvah, Chief Jetheth, 
41 Chief Aholibamah, Chief Elah, Chief Pinon, 
42 Chief Kenaz, Chief Teman, Chief Mibzar, 
43 Chief Magdiel, and Chief Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom, according to their dwelling places in the land of their possession. Esau was the father of the Edomites. 

Genesis: Chapter 37


1 Now Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.
 2 This is the history of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.
 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors.
 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him. 
 5 Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more.
 6 So he said to them, "Please hear this dream which I have dreamed:
 7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf."
 8 And his brothers said to him, "Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?" So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. 
9 Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, "Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me." 
10 So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?" 
11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind. 
12 Then his brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. 
13 And Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them." So he said to him, "Here I am." 
14 Then he said to him, "Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flocks, and bring back word to me." So he sent him out of the Valley of Hebron, and he went to Shechem. 
15 Now a certain man found him, and there he was, wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, "What are you seeking?" 
16 So he said, "I am seeking my brothers. Please tell me where they are feeding their flocks." 
17 And the man said, "They have departed from here, for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.' " So Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan. 
18 Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. 
19 Then they said to one another, "Look, this dreamer is coming! 
20 Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, 'Some wild beast has devoured him.' We shall see what will become of his dreams!" 
21 But Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands, and said, "Let us not kill him." 
22 And Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him"--that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father. 
23 So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him. 
24 Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it. 
25 And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt. 
26 So Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is there if we kill 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 and our flesh." And his brothers listened. 
28 Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt. 
29 Then Reuben returned to the pit, and indeed Joseph was not in the pit; and he tore his clothes. 
30 And he returned to his brothers and said, "The lad is no more; and I, where shall I go?" 
31 So they took Joseph's tunic, killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the tunic in the blood. 
32 Then they sent the tunic of many colors, and they brought it to their father and said, "We have found this. Do you know whether it is your son's tunic or not?" 
33 And he recognized it and said, "It is my son's tunic. A wild beast has devoured him. Without doubt Joseph is torn to pieces." 
34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days. 
35 And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and he said, "For I shall go down into the grave to my son in mourning." Thus his father wept for him. 
36 Now the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard. 

Genesis: Chapter 38


1 It came to pass at that time that Judah departed from his brothers, and visited a certain Adullamite whose name was Hirah.
 2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua, and he married her and went in to her.
 3 So she conceived and bore a son, and he called his name Er.
 4 She conceived again and bore a son, and she called his name Onan.
 5 And she conceived yet again and bore a son, and called his name Shelah. He was at Chezib when she bore him.
 6 Then Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar.
 7 But Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD killed him.
 8 And Judah said to Onan, "Go in to your brother's wife and marry her, and raise up an heir to your brother."
 9 But Onan knew that the heir would not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in to his brother's wife, that he emitted on the ground, lest he should give an heir to his brother. 
10 And the thing which he did displeased the LORD; therefore He killed him also. 
11 Then Judah said to Tamar his daughter-in-law, "Remain a widow in your father's house till my son Shelah is grown." For he said, "Lest he also die as his brothers did." And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house. 
12 Now in the process of time the daughter of Shua, Judah's wife, died; and Judah was comforted, and went up to his sheepshearers at Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. 
13 And it was told Tamar, saying, "Look, your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep." 
14 So she took off her widow's garments, covered herself with a veil and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place which was on the way to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given to him as a wife. 
15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, because she had covered her face. 
6 Then he turned to her by the way, and said, "Please let me come in to you"; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. So she said, "What will you give me, that you may come in to me?" 
17 And he said, "I will send you a young goat from the flock." So she said, "Will you give me a pledge till you send it?" 18 Then he said, "What pledge shall I give you?" So she said, "Your signet and cord, and your staff that is in your hand." Then he gave them to her, and went in to her, and she conceived by him. 
19 So she arose and went away, and laid aside her veil and put on the garments of her widowhood. 
20 And Judah sent the young goat by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman's hand, but he did not find her. 
21 Then he asked the men of that place, saying, "Where is the harlot who was openly by the roadside?" And they said, "There was no harlot in this place." 
22 And he returned to Judah and said, "I cannot find her. Also, the men of the place said there was no harlot in this place." 
23 Then Judah said, "Let her take them for herself, lest we be shamed; for I sent this young goat and you have not found her." 
24 And it came to pass, about three months after, that Judah was told, saying, "Tamar your daughter-in-law has played the harlot; furthermore she is with child by harlotry." So Judah said, "Bring her out and let her be burned!" 
25 When she was brought out, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, "By the man to whom these belong, I am with child." And she said, "Please determine whose these are--the signet and cord, and staff." 
26 So Judah acknowledged them and said, "She has been more righteous than I, because I did not give her to Shelah my son." And he never knew her again. 
27 Now it came to pass, at the time for giving birth, that behold, twins were in her womb. 
28 And so it was, when she was giving birth, that the one put out his hand; and the midwife took a scarlet thread and bound it on his hand, saying, "This one came out first." 
29 Then it happened, as he drew back his hand, that his brother came out unexpectedly; and she said, "How did you break through? This breach be upon you!" Therefore his name was called Perez. 
30 Afterward his brother came out who had the scarlet thread on his hand. And his name was called Zerah.

Genesis: Chapter 39


1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.
 2 The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
 3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand.
 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.
 5 So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field.
 6 So he left all that he had in Joseph's hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate. And Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. 
 7 And it came to pass after these things that his master's wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, "Lie with me."
 8 But he refused and said to his master's wife, "Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand.
 9 There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" 
10 So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her. 
11 But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, 
12 that she caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me." But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. 
13 And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, 
14 that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, "See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. 
15 And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside." 
16 So she kept his garment with her until his master came home. 
17 Then she spoke to him with words like these, saying, "The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me to mock me; 
18 so it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside." 
19 So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, "Your servant did to me after this manner," that his anger was aroused. 
20 Then Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. 
21 But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He 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 who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. 
23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph's authority, because the LORD was with him; and whateverhe did, the LORD made it prosper.

Genesis: Chapter 40


 1 It came to pass after these things that the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt. 
 2 And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief butler and the chief baker.
 3 So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined. 
 4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them; so they were in custody for a while. 
 5 Then the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, had a dream, both of them, each man's dream in one night and each man's dream with its own interpretation. 
 6 And Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them, and saw that they were sad. 
 7 So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were with him in the custody of his lord's house, saying, "Why do you look so sad today?" 
 8 And they said to him, "We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it." And Joseph said to them, "Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please." 
 9 Then the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, "Behold, in my dream a vine was before me, 
10 and in the vine were three branches; it was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes. 
11 Then Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand." 
12 And Joseph said to him, "This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days. 
13 Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh's cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler. 
14 But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. 
15 For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon." 
16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, "I also was in my dream, and there were three white baskets on my head. 
17 In the uppermost basket there were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head." 
18 So Joseph answered and said, "This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days. 
19 Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you." 
20 Now it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. 
21 Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand. 
22 But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. 
23 Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. 

Genesis: Chapter 41



 1 Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river.
 2 Suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow.
 3 Then behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ugly and gaunt, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the river.
 4 And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven fine looking and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke.
 5 He slept and dreamed a second time; and suddenly seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump and good.
 6 Then behold, seven thin heads, blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them.
 7 And the seven thin heads devoured the seven plump and full heads. So Pharaoh awoke, and indeed, it was a dream.
 8 Now 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 its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them for Pharaoh. 
 9 Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: "I remember my faults this day. 
10 When Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, both me and the chief baker, 
11 we each dreamed a dream in one night, he and I. Each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream. 
12 Now there was a young Hebrew man with us there, a servant of the captain of the guard. And we told him, and he interpreted our dreams for us; to each man he interpreted according to his own dream. 
13 And it came to pass, just as he interpreted for us, so it happened. He restored me to my office, and he hanged him." 
14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh. 
15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have dreamed a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it." 
16 So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, "It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace." 
17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph: "Behold, in my dream I stood on the bank of the river. 
18 Suddenly seven cows came up out of the river, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. 
19 Then behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such ugliness as I have never seen in all the land of Egypt. 
20 And the gaunt and ugly cows ate up the first seven, the fat cows. 
21 When they had eaten them up, no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were just as ugly as at the beginning. So I awoke. 
22 Also I saw in my dream, and suddenly seven heads came up on one stalk, full and good. 
23 Then behold, seven heads, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them. 
24 And the thin heads devoured the seven good heads. So I told this to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me." 
25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do: 
26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads are seven years; the dreams are one. 
27 And the seven thin and ugly cows which came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty heads blighted by the east wind are seven years of famine. 
28 This is the thing which I have spoken to Pharaoh. God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. 
29 Indeed seven years of great plenty will come throughout all the land of Egypt; 
30 but after them seven years of famine will arise, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine will deplete the land. 
31 So the plenty will not be known in the land because of the famine following, for it will be very severe. 
32 And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass. 
33 Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. 
34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, to collect one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven plentiful years. 
35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming, and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. 
36 Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine." 
37 So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. 
38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?" 
39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. 
40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you." 
41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt." 
42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph's hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 
43 And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, "Bow the knee!" So he set him over all the land of Egypt. 
44 Pharaoh also said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt." 
45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnath-Paaneah. And he gave him as a wife Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On. So Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt. 
46 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 Now in the seven plentiful years the ground brought forth abundantly. 
48 So 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; he laid up in every city the food of the fields which surrounded them. 
49 Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was without number. 
50 And to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to him. 
51 Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: "For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father's house." 
52 And the name of the second he called Ephraim: "For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction." 
53 Then the seven years of plenty which were in the land of Egypt ended, 
54 and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. The famine was in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 
55 So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Then Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, do." 
56 The famine was over all the face of the earth, and Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians. And the famine became severe in the land of Egypt. 
57 So all countries came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine was severe in all lands. 

Genesis: Chapter 42


1 When Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, "Why do you look at one another?"
 2 And he said, "Indeed I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down to that place and buy for us there, that we may live and not die."
 3 So Joseph's ten brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt.
 4 But Jacob did not send Joseph's brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, "Lest some calamity befall him."
 5 And the sons of Israel went to buy grain among those who journeyed, for the famine was in the land of Canaan. 
 6 Now Joseph was governor over the land; and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph's brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth.
 7 Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he acted as a stranger to them and spoke roughly to them. Then he said to them, "Where do you come from?" And they said, "From the land of Canaan to buy food."
 8 So Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.
 9 Then Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed about them, and said to them, "You are spies! You have come to see the nakedness of the land!" 
10 And they said to him, "No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food. 
11 We are all one man's sons; we are honest men; your servants are not spies." 
12 But he said to them, "No, but you have come to see the nakedness of the land." 
13 And they said, "Your servants are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and in fact, the youngest is with our father today, and one is no more." 
14 But Joseph said to them, "It is as I spoke to you, saying, 'You are spies!' 
15 "In this manner you shall be tested: By the life of Pharaoh, you shall not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here. 
16 Send one of you, and let him bring your brother; and you shall be kept in prison, that your words may be tested to see whether there is any truth in you; or else, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies!" 
17 So he put them all together in prison three days. 
18 Then Joseph said to them the third day, "Do this and live, for I fear God: 
19 If you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined to your prison house; but you, go and carry grain for the famine of your houses. 
20 And bring your youngest brother to me; so your words will be verified, and you shall not die." And they did so. 
21 Then they said to one another, "We are truly guilty concerning our brother, for we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us, and we would not hear; therefore this distress has come upon us." 
22 And Reuben answered them, saying, "Did I not speak to you, saying, 'Do not sin against the boy'; and you would not listen? Therefore behold, his blood is now required of us." 
23 But they did not know that Joseph understood them, for he spoke to them through an interpreter. 
24 And he turned himself away from them and wept. Then he returned to them again, and talked with them. And he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes. 
25 Then Joseph gave a command to fill their sacks with grain, to restore every man's money to his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. Thus he did for them. 
26 So they loaded their donkeys with the grain and departed from there. 
27 But as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey feed at the encampment, he saw his money; and there it was, in the mouth of his sack. 
28 So he said to his brothers, "My money has been restored, and there it is, in my sack!" Then their hearts failed them and they were afraid, saying to one another, "What is this that God has done to us?" 
29 Then they went to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan and told him all that had happened to them, saying: 
30 "The man who is lord of the land spoke roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country. 
31 But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies. 
32 We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no more, and the youngest is with our father this day in the land of Canaan.' 
33 "Then the man, the lord of the country, said to us, 'By this I will know that you are honest men: Leave one of your brothers here with me, take food for the famine of your households, and be gone. 
34 And bring your youngest brother to me; so I shall know that you are not spies, but that you are honest men. I will grant your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.' " 
35 Then it happened as they emptied their sacks, that surprisingly each man's bundle of money was in his sack; and when they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid. 
36 And Jacob their father said to them, "You have bereaved me: Joseph is no more, Simeon is no more, and you want to take Benjamin. All these things are against me." 
37 Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, "Kill my two sons if I do not bring him back to you; put him in my hands, and I will bring him back to you." 
38 But he said, "My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he is left alone. If any calamity should befall him along the way in which you go, then you would bring down my gray hair with sorrow to the grave." 
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