1 And Jacob dwelt in the land
wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.
2 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
3 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
4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more
than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably
5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and
they hated him yet the more.
6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which
I have dreamed:
7 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.
8 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.
9 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
10 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?
11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the
12 And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.
13 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.
14 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
15 And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering
in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?
16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where
they feed their flocks.
17 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.
18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near
unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
20 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.
21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands;
and said, Let us not kill him.
22 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.
23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren,
that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours
that was on him;
24 And 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 bread: and they lifted up their
eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came
from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh,
going to carry it down to Egypt.
26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we
slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not
our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And
his brethren were content.
28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew
and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the
Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph
29 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was
not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is
not; and I, whither shall I go?
31 And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats,
and dipped the coat in the blood;
32 And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought
it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether
it be thy son's coat or no.
33 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.
34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins,
and mourned for his son many days.
35 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.
36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an
officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.
1 And it came to pass at that
time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in
to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.
2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose
name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her.
3 And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name
4 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his
5 And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his
name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him.
6 And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was
7 And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the
LORD; and the LORD slew him.
8 And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and
marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came
to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled
it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.
10 And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore
he slew him also.
11 Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow
at thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said,
Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar
went and dwelt in her father's house.
12 And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah's wife
died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers
to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.
13 And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth
up to Timnath to shear his sheep.
14 And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered
her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place,
which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was
grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.
15 When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because
she had covered her face.
16 And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray
thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was
his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me,
that thou mayest come in unto me?
17 And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock. And she
said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it?
18 And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said,
Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine
hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived
19 And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from her,
and put on the garments of her widowhood.
20 And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite,
to receive his pledge from the woman's hand: but he found her
21 Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the
harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said, There
was no harlot in this place.
22 And he returned to Judah, and said, I cannot find her; and
also the men of the place said, that there was no harlot in
23 And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed:
behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.
24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was
told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the
harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And
Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.
25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law,
saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she
said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and
bracelets, and staff.
26 And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more
righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son.
And he knew her again no more.
27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold,
twins were in her womb.
28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put
out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a
scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.
29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold,
his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth?
this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.
30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet
thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.
1 And Joseph was brought down
to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the
guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites,
which had brought him down thither.
2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous 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 that he did to prosper in his hand.
4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and
he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he
put into his hand.
5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer
in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed
the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of
the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
6 And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew
not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph
was a goodly person, and well favoured.
7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master's
wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
8 But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my
master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath
committed all that he hath to my hand;
9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he
kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife:
how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that
he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into
the house to do his business; and there was none of the men
of the house there within.
12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and
he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment
in her hand, and was fled forth,
14 That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto
them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock
us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud
15 And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice
and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got
16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
17 And she spake unto him according to these words, saying,
The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in
unto me to mock me:
18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that
he left his garment with me, and fled out.
19 And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his
wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did
thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.
20 And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison,
a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there
in the prison.
21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave
him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all
the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did
there, he was the doer of it.
23 The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was
under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which
he did, the LORD made it to prosper.