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Joseph`s (Yoseph`s) Dreams...
And Ya`aqob dwelt in the land of his father`s sojournings, in the land of Kena`an.
This is the genealogy of Ya'aqob. Yoseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the young man was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives. And Yoseph brought an evil report of them to his father.
And Yisra'el loved Yoseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a long robe.
But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and were not able to speak peaceably to him.
And Yoseph dreamed a dream, and told it to his brothers. So they hated him even more.
And he said to them, 'Please listen to this dream which I have dreamed:
'See, we were binding sheaves in the midst of the field, and see, my sheaf rose up and also stood up. And see, your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.'
And his brothers said to him, 'Shall you indeed reign over us? Shall you indeed rule over us?' So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
And he dreamed still another dream and related it to his brothers, and said, 'See, I have dreamed another dream, and see, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars bowed down to me.'
And he related 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 we, your mother and I and your brothers, indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?'
And his brothers envied him, but his father guarded the word.
Joseph (Yoseph) Sold by His Brothers...
And his brothers went to feed their father`s flock in Shekem.
And Yisra'el said to Yoseph, 'Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shekem? Come, I send you to them.' So he said to him, 'Here I am.'
And he said to him, 'Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the sheep, and bring back word to me.' So he sent him out of the Valley of Hebron, and he went to Shekem.
And a certain man found him, and see, he was wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, 'What do you seek?'
And he said, 'I am seeking my brothers. Please inform me where they are feeding their sheep.'
And the man said, 'They have left here, for I heard them say, 'Let us go towards Dothan.'' So Yoseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan.
And they saw him from a distance, and before he came near them, they plotted against him, to kill him.
And they said to each other, 'See, this master of dreams is coming!
'Now, then, come and let us now kill him and throw him into some pit, and shall say, 'Some wild beast has devoured him.' Let us then see what comes of his dreams!'
But Re'uben heard and rescued him from their hands, and said, 'Let us not take his life.'
And Re'uben said to them, 'Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him' - in order to rescue him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father.
So it came to be, when Yoseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Yoseph of his robe, the long robe which was on him.
And they took him and threw him into a pit. And the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
And they sat down to eat a meal. And they lifted their eyes and looked and saw a company of Yishma'elites, coming from Gil'ad with their camels, bearing spices, and balm, and myrrh, going to take them down to Mitsrayim.
And Yehudah said to his brothers, 'What would we gain if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?
'Come and let us sell him to the Yishma'elites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our flesh.' And his brothers listened.
And men, Midyanite traders passed by, so they pulled Yoseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Yishma'elites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Yoseph to Mitsrayim.
And Re'uben returned to the pit, and see, Yoseph was not in the pit. And he tore his garments.
And he returned to his brothers and said, 'The boy is gone! And I, where am I to go?'
So they took Yoseph's robe, killed a male goat, and dipped the robe in the blood,
and sent the long robe and brought it to their father and said, 'We have found this. Please look, is it the robe of your son or not?'
And he recognised it and said, 'It is my son's robe. An evil beast has devoured him. Yoseph is torn, torn to pieces.'
And Ya'aqob tore his garments, and put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days.
And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted, and he said, 'Now let me go down into the grave to my son in mourning.' So his father wept for him.
And the Midanites had sold him in Mitsrayim to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard.