62 : Joseph And His Brothers

62 : Joseph And His Brothers


NOW Jacob dwelt in the land where his father had been a stranger, in the land of Canaan.
His son Joseph, now a strong and healthy lad, daily fed the flock with all his brothers,
the sons of his father's wives.
And Joseph brought his father an bad report of them.
Jacob loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age,
 so he made for him a coat of  many colours.

When his brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than all his brothers,
 they hated him, and could not speak to him in a friendly way.
Joseph dreamed a dream and told it to his brothers, and they hated him all the more.
He said to them: "Hear, now, this dream which I have dreamed.
We were in the field binding sheaves, and, lo, my sheaf arose and stood upright,
and your sheaves stood around about and bowed down to my sheaf."

Then his brothers said to him:"Would you indeed be king over us? Would you really rule over us?"
They hated him all the more on account of his dreams, and on account of his words.
He dreamed another dream, and told it to his brothers:
"Behold, I have dreamed another dream," he said. "The sun, the moon and the eleven stars bowed down to me."
He told the dream to his father,
and his father rebuked him, saying: "What is this dream you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I
and our brothers really come to bow ourselves down to the earth before you?"


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