Genesis Chapter 37 (Review)

  1. And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.

And Israel remained in Canaan. Which was the land in which his father dwelt. Just like Abraham he remained and just like lot, Esau left.

  1. These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report

Time had passed, and Joseph was 17 years of age and was feeding the flock with Dan, Naphtali, gad and Asher. And he brought a report of their evil to his father.

  1. Now 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 colors.

And Israel loved Joseph more than all his brothers…because he was the son of his old age. Benjamin as well was the son of his old age but…he might not get to be his favourite because by his arrival, Rachel died…and so, Israel made Joseph a cloth of different materials which did have different colours. Hence the ‘coat of many colours/pieces’.

  1. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

When they took note that Jacob was loved more than they were, they hated him and would not speak calmly unto him.

  1. And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.

And then Joseph dreamt and told them….and as if the former hate wasn’t enough, they hated him the more😂😂

  1. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:

And he said ‘please come and listen’

  1. for, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

And the dream he told them that led to more hate was as thus …“we were binding sheaves in the field, and, my sheaf arose, and also stood up; and, your sheaves stood round about and paid mine respect.

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  1. And 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.

Oh oh…they now interpreted the dream themselves and said,..oh oh, so that now means you’ll reign over us eh? Or you’ll have dominion over us?…and they hated him more for his words😂😂.

  1. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

And he dreamt again. And yet. Told it to them again. He was not discreet in anyway and that was putting him into trouble. He would always take reports to his father and say his own things to others.
This time, on his dream, the sun, moon and 11 stars bowed themselves to him.

  1. And 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 ourselves to thee to the earth?

He told his father and brothers…and they again interpreted the dream for themselves 😂😂😂 must run in the family…
Would I and your mother (now late) and your brothers now bow down to you? And he was rebuked.

  1. And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

And his brothers hated him, but Israel kept these words.

  1. And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem

And his brothers went to feed flock in Shechem.

  1. And 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.

Then Israel called him and asked…your brothers are in Shechem eh? Come let me send you to them.

  1. And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem

Go and see if it is well with them and the flock and bring word (report) back to me. As I said, Joseph was the reporter (as we can see that at the beginning he brought their bad report to his father). He didn’t keep anything.  And he left from Hebron and went to Shechem.

  1. And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

And a certain man found him. Meaning he was lost. I mean, you don’t just find what is not lost. And when the man found him, he was just wandering around in the field. And the man asked him…what do you seek?

  1. And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

I seek my brothers. Tell me please, where do they feed their flock?
(Weird and strange as it seems, this man’s name or who he was wasn’t mentioned…neither did it say the man knew Joseph…but somehow he had the answer. Joseph’s brothers were not the only cattle rearers in town, but somehow, he was able to get his answer)

  1. And 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.

And this ‘man’ said…they are in Dothan. I heard them say they would go to Dothan.
And Joseph headed to Dothan where he would find them.

  1. And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

And before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him.

  1. And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.

Aha, the master of dreams cometh…the dreamer himself…

  1. Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him; and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

And amongst them, it was said…let us slay him 1, throw him into a pit 2, say that some evil beast devoured him 3, then we might see what happens to his dreams.

  1. And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

And when Reuben heard, he delivered Joseph. He said…no no no…we shouldn’t kill him. He is our brother. Because he saw that they were serious and would kill him.

  1. And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.

The best Reuben could do, to prevent himself from looking like a traitor amongst them (perhaps they may kill him as well even though he is the first born) was to tell them to shed no blood. But he can be put in a pit in the wilderness, but his blood won’t be on our hands. Reuben said this so that he would save Joseph from their hands and take him back to his father.

  1. And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colors that was on him;
  2. and they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

Joseph too that knew he was going to see his brothers who hated him, he wore his coat of many colours which was one of the things that made them hate him.
Then immediately he came to them, they took him, stripped his garment, and cast him in the pit. And the pit was empty. It had no water.

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  1. And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmaelites came from Gilead, with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.

Then they sat down to eat bread after committing such atrocity. And they looked and saw some ishmaelites going DOWN into Egypt. They were coming from Gilead and Joseph’s brothers saw them from afar off.

  1. And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood

And Judah said…there’s no gain to killing him…and then having his blood on our hands again.

  1. 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 brethren were content.

Let us sell him to the ishmaelites who were going to Egypt. (Remember the ishmaelites came from Abram. So they were unknowingly his brethren). And let his blood not be on our hands….and they agreed

  1. Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt

The. The ishmaelites came by, and they happened to be midianites… (Remember this? “Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.”
Genesis 25:1-2 midianites came from Abraham as well…,so once again, one way or another, they were his brethren) then they sold him to the midianites who became ishmaelites because Abraham sent them unto the east.

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And he was sold for 20 pieces of silver and he was taken into Egypt.

  1. And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

And Reuben went to the pit (this whole time, he was not with them…he left them after they put him in the pit) and he didn’t find Joseph there…and he tore his clothes.

  1. And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?

And he went unto his brothers and said the child is not (this is the same way it was used for Enoch. He was not. So ‘found’ was added to give it understanding. It could also mean ‘not there’ . ) ..and I, where shall I go (to find him)?

  1. And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;

And they took his coat, killed a kid goat and dipped his coat in the blood.

  1. and they sent the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.

And they said…we found this…check whether it is your sons own…
Remember…Joseph did not follow them…so it is deniable… It was Israel who sent Joseph on his own.

  1. And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.

And he said yes it is😂😂 and he himself interpreted the situation…it is for my son, and evil beast must have attacked him. No doubt, he is in pieces.

  1. And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.

Israel then tore his clothes, wore rags and wept for a long time
(They sure had a clot of cloth tearing back in the days)

  1. And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.

And all his sons and ALL his daughters (there was more than one? Not just Dinah?) comforted him…but he refused to be comforted and said….I will die mourning for my son.

  1. And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard.

Joseph was taken into Egypt and sold unto Potiphar who was Pharaoh’s officer and chief of executioners, head of security.

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