And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her, and Isaac was comforted after his mother's [death].
Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name [was] Keturah.
And she bore him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
And Jokshan fathered Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.
And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these [were] the children of Keturah.
And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac.
But to the sons of the servant-wives, whom Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he still lived, eastward, to the east country.
And these [are] the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, a hundred seventy five years.
Then Abraham breathed out, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full [of years]; and was gathered to his people.
And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron, the son of Zohar the Hittite, which [is] before Mamre;
The field which Abraham purchased from the sons of Heth, there Abraham was buried, and Sarah his wife.
And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.
Now these [are] the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bore to Abraham.
And these [are] the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations, the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,
And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,
Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.
These [are] the sons of Ishmael, and these [are] their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.
And these [are] the years of the life of Ishmael, a hundred and thirty seven years, and he breathed out and died; and was gathered to his people.
And they dwelt from Havilah to Shur, that [is] before Egypt, as you go toward Assyria, [and] he died in the presence of all his brethren.
And these [are] the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son, Abraham fathered Isaac.
And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel, the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
And Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife, because she [was] barren, and the Lord was entreated by him, and Rebekah, his wife, conceived.
And the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If [it is] so, why [am] I thus?" And she went to inquire of the Lord.
And the Lord said to her, "Two nations [are] in your womb, and two manner of people will be separated from your bowels; and [the one] people will be stronger than [the other] people; and the elder will serve the younger." *Romans 9:12
And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, [there were] twins in her womb.
And the first came out red, all over like a hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
And after that, his brother came out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob, and Isaac [was] sixty years old when she bore them.
And the boys grew, and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob [was] a plain man, dwelling in tents.
And Isaac loved Esau, because he ate of [his] venison, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
And Jacob sod pottage, and Esau came from the field, and he [was] faint.
And Esau said to Jacob, "Feed me, I pray you, with that same red [pottage]; for I [am] faint," therefore his name was called Edom.
And Jacob said, "Sell me your birthright this day."
And Esau said, "Behold, I [am] at the point to die, and what profit will this birthright do to me?"
And Jacob said, "Swear to me this day;" and he swore to him, and he sold his birthright to Jacob.
Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he ate and drank, and rose up, and went his way, thus Esau despised [his] birthright.
And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, to Gerar.
And the Lord appeared to him, and said, "Do not go down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I will tell you of.
Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you, and will bless you; for to you, and to your seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father;
And I will make your seed to multiply as the stars of the heavens, and will give to your seed all these countries; and in your seed will all the nations of the earth be blessed;
Because Abraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws."
And Isaac dwelt in Gerar.
And the men of the place asked [him] of his wife; and he said, "She [is] my sister, for he feared to say, '[She is] my wife;' unless, [he said], 'the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah;'" because she [was] fair to look upon.
And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac [was] sporting with Rebekah his wife.
And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, "Behold, of a surety she [is] your wife, and how did you say, 'She [is] my sister?'" And Isaac said to him, "Because I said, 'Unless I die for her.'"
And Abimelech said, "What [is] this you have done to us? One of the people might lightly have lien with your wife, and you should have brought guiltiness upon us."
And Abimelech charged all [his] people, saying, "He who touches this man or his wife will surely be put to death."
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold, and the Lord blessed him.
And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great.
For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants, and the Philistines envied him.
For all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.
And Abimelech said to Isaac, "Go from us; for you are much mightier than us."
And Isaac departed from there, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.
And Isaac dug again the wells of water, which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham, and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.
And Isaac's servants dug in the valley, and found a well of springing water there.
And the herdmen of Gerar strove with Isaac's herdmen, saying, "The water [is] ours," and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.
And they dug another well, and strove for that also, and he called the name of it Sitnah.
And he removed from there, and dug another well; and for that they did not strive, and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, "For now the Lord has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land."
And he went up from there to Beersheba.
And the Lord appeared to him the same night, and said, "I [am] the God of Abraham your father, do not fear, for I [am] with you, and will bless you, and multiply your seed for My servant Abraham's sake."
And he built an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there, and there Isaac's servants dug a well.
Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath, one of his friends, and Phichol, the chief captain of his army.
And Isaac said to them, "Therefore you come to me, seeing you hate me, and have sent me away from you?"
And they said, "We saw certainly that the Lord was with you, and we said, "Let there now be an oath between us, [even] between us and you, and let us make a covenant with you;
That you will do us no harm, as we have not touched you, and as we have done nothing to you but good, and have sent you away in peace, you [are] now the blessed of the Lord."
And he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.
And they rose up early in the morning, and swore to one another, and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had dug, and said to him, "We have found water."
And he called it Shebah, therefore the name of the city [is] Beersheba to this day.
And Esau was forty years old when he took Judith to wife, the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath, the daughter of Elon the Hittite.
Who were a grief of mind to Isaac and to Rebekah.
And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau, his eldest son, and said to him, "My son," and he said to him, "Behold, [here] I [am]."
And he said, "Behold now, I am old, I do not know the day of my death.
Now therefore take, I pray you, your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and take me [some] venison;
And make me savory meat, such as I love, and bring [it] to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless you before I die."
And Rebekah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt [for] venison, [and] to bring [it].
And Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, "Behold, I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying,
'Bring me venison, and make me savory meat, that I may eat, and bless you before the Lord before my death.'
Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command you.
Go now to the flock, and fetch me from there two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savory meat for your father, such as he loves.
And you will bring [it] to your father, that he may eat, and that he may bless you before his death."
And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "Behold, Esau my brother [is] a hairy man, and I [am] a smooth man.
My father will perhaps feel me, and I will seem to him as a deceiver; and I will bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing."
And his mother said to him, "Upon me [is] your curse, my son, only obey my voice, and go fetch me [them]."
And he went, and fetched, and brought [them] to his mother, and his mother made savory meat, such as his father loved.
And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, who [was] with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob, her younger son.
And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck.
And she gave the savory meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
And he came to his father, and said, "My father," and he said, "Here I [am]; who [are] you, my son?"
And Jacob said to his father, "I [am] Esau your firstborn; I have done according as you bade me, arise, I pray you, sit and eat of my venison, that your soul may bless me."
And Isaac said to his son, "How [is it] that you have found [it] so quickly, my son?" And he said, "Because the Lord your God brought [it] to me."
And Isaac said to Jacob, "Come near, I pray you, that I may feel you, my son, whether you [are] my very son Esau or not."
And Jacob went near to Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, "The voice [is] Jacob's voice, but the hands [are] the hands of Esau."
And he did not discern him, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands, so he blessed him.
And he said, "[Are] you my very son Esau?" And he said, "I [am]."
And he said, "Bring [it] near me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless you." And he brought [it] near him, and he ate, and he brought him wine, and he drank.
And his father Isaac said to him, "Come near now, and kiss me, my son."
And he came near, and kissed him, and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, "See, the smell of my son [is] as the smell of a field which the Lord has blessed.
Therefore God will give you of the dew of the heavens, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine.
Let people serve you, and nations prostrate to you, be lord over your brethren, and let your mother's sons prostrate to you, cursed [is] everyone who curses you, and blessed [is] he who blesses you."
And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob had surely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.
And he also had made savory meat, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, "Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that your soul may bless me."
And Isaac his father said to him, "Who [are] you?" And he said, "I [am] your son, your firstborn Esau."
And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, "Who? Where [is] he who has taken venison, and brought [it to] me, and I have eaten of all before you came, and have blessed him? Indeed, [and] he will be blessed."
And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceedingly bitter cry, and said to his father, "Bless me, [even] me also, O my father."
And he said, "Your brother came with subtilty, and has taken away your blessing."
And he said, "Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times, he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he has taken away my blessing." And he said, "Do you not have a reserved blessing for me?"
And Isaac answered and said to Esau, "Behold, I have made him your lord, and I have given all his brethren to him for servants; and I have sustained him with corn and wine, and what will I do now to you, my son?"
And Esau said to his father, "Do you have but one blessing, my father? Bless me, [even] me also, O my father." And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.
And Isaac, his father, answered and said to him, "Behold, your dwelling will be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of the heavens from above;
And by your sword you will live, and will serve your brother; and it will come to pass when you will have the dominion, that you will break his yoke from off your neck."
And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing whereby his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, "The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob."
And these words of Esau, her elder son, were told to Rebekah, and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, "Behold, your brother Esau, as touching you, does comfort himself, [purposing] to kill you.
Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee to Laban, my brother, to Haran;
And dwell with him a few days, until your brother's fury turns away;
Until your brother's anger turns away from you, and he forgets [that] which you have done to him, then I will send, and fetch you from there, why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?"
And Rebekah said to Isaac, "I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth, if Jacob takes a wife from the daughters of Heth, such as these [who are] of the daughters of the land, what good will my life do me?"
And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him, "You will not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan.
Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel, your mother's father; and take a wife from there from the daughters of Laban, your mother's brother.
And God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, that you may be a multitude of people;
And give you the blessing of Abraham, to you, and to your seed with you; that you may inherit the land wherein you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham."
And Isaac sent away Jacob, and he went to Padanaram to Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.
When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take a wife from there; and that as he blessed him, he gave him a charge, saying, "You will not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan;"
And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and had gone to Padanaram;
And Esau, seeing that the daughters of Canaan did not please Isaac his father;
Then Esau went to Ishmael, and took to the wives whom he had, Mahalath, the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.
And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
And he lighted upon a certain place, and abode there all night, because the sun had set; and he took from the stones of that place, and put [them for] his pillows, and laid down in that place to sleep.
And he dreamed, and behold, a ladder set upon the earth, and the top of it reached to the heavens, and behold, the angels of God, ascending and descending on it.
And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, "I [am] the Lord God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac, the land whereon you lie, to you I will give it, and to your seed;
And your seed will be as the dust of the earth, and you will spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south, and in you and in your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.
And, behold, I [am] with you, and will keep you in all [places] where you go, and will bring you again into this land; for I will not leave you, until I have done [that] which I have spoken to you of."
And Jacob awakened out of his sleep, and he said, "Surely the Lord is in this place; and I did not know [it]."
And he was afraid, and said, "How dreadful [is] this place! This [is] none other but the House of God, and this [is] the gate of the heavens."
And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put [for] his pillows, and set it up [for] a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
And he called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of that city [was called] Luz at first.
And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, "If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then the Lord will be my God.
And this stone, which I have set [for] a pillar, will be God's House, and of all that You will give me I will surely give the tenth to You."
Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.
And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, look, there [were] three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks, and a great stone [was] upon the well's mouth.
And there all the flocks were gathered, and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place.
And Jacob said to them, "My brethren, from where [are] you?" And they said, "We [are] of Haran."
And he said to them, "Do you know Laban, the son of Nahor?" And they said, "We know [him]."
And he said to them, "[Is] he well?" And they said, "[He is] well, and, behold, Rachel, his daughter, comes with the sheep."
And he said, "Behold, [it is] yet high day, neither [is it] time that the cattle should be gathered together, water the sheep, and go [and] feed [them].
And they said, "We cannot, until all the flocks are gathered together, and [until] they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep."
And while he still spoke with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she kept them.
And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of Laban, his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban, his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban, his mother's brother. *~28:23 - 24
And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.
And Jacob told Rachel that he [was] her father's brother, and that he [was] Rebekah's son, and she ran and told her father.
And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob, his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.
And Laban said to him, "Surely you [are] my bone and my flesh." And he abode with him the space of a month.
And Laban said to Jacob, "Because you [are] my brother, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what [will] your wages [be]?"
And Laban had two daughters, the name of the elder [was] Leah, and the name of the younger [was] Rachel.
Leah [was] tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favored.
And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, "I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter." *~28:27 - 28
And Laban said, "[It is] better that I give her to you, than that I should give her to another man, abide with me."
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to him [but] a few days, for the love he had to her.
And Jacob said to Laban, "Give [me] my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her."
And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in to her.
And Laban gave to his daughter Leah, Zilpah his maid [for] a handmaid.
And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it [was] Leah, and he said to Laban, "What [is] this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you beguiled me?"
And Laban said, "It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
Fulfill her week, and we will give you this also for the service which you will serve with me yet seven other years."
And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week, and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
And Laban gave to Rachel, his daughter Bilhah, his handmaid to be her maid.
And he went in also to Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.
And when the Lord saw that Leah [was] hated, He opened her womb, but Rachel [was] barren.
And Leah conceived, and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, "Surely the Lord has looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me."
And she conceived again, and bore a son; and said, "Because the Lord has heard that I [was] hated, He has therefore given me this [son] also," and she called his name Simeon.
And she conceived again, and bore a son; and said, "Now this time will my husband be joined to me, because I have born him three sons," therefore his name was called Levi.
And she conceived again, and bore a son, and she said, "Now will I praise the Lord," therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.
And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said to Jacob, "Give me children, or else I die."
And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, "[Am] I in God's stead, who has withheld the fruit of the womb from you?"
And she said, "Behold my maid Bilhah, go in to her; and she will bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her."
And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife, and Jacob went in to her.
And Bilhah conceived, and bore Jacob a son.
And Rachel said, "God has judged me, and has also heard my voice, and has given me a son," therefore she called his name Dan.
And Bilhah, Rachel's maid, conceived again, and bore Jacob a second son.
And Rachel said, "With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed, and she called his name Naphtali."
When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife. *4:3
And Zilpah, Leah's maid, bore Jacob a son.
And Leah said, "A troop comes," and she called his name Gad.
And Zilpah, Leah's maid, bore Jacob a second son.
And Leah said, "Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed," and she called his name Asher.
And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, "Give me, I pray you, of your son's mandrakes."
And she said to her, "[Is it] a small matter that you have taken my husband? And would you take away my son's mandrakes also?" And Rachel said, "Therefore he will lie with you tonight for your son's mandrakes."
And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, "You must come in to me; for surely I have hired you with my son's mandrakes." And he lay with her that night.
And God listened to Leah, and she conceived, and bore Jacob the fifth son.
And Leah said, "God has given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband," and she called his name Issachar.
And Leah conceived again, and bore Jacob the sixth son.
And Leah said, "God has endued me [with] a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons," and she called his name Zebulun.
And afterwards she bore a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
And God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her, and opened her womb.
And she conceived, and bore a son; and said, "God has taken away my reproach."
And she called his name Joseph; and said, "The Lord will add to me another son."
And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, "Send me away, that I may go to my own place, and to my country.
Give [me] my wives and my children, for whom I have served you, and let me go, for you know my service which I have done you."
And Laban said to him, "I pray you, if I have found favor in your eyes, [wait, for] I have learned by experience that the Lord has blessed me for your sake."
And he said, "Appoint me your wages, and I will give [it]."
And he said to him, "You know how I have served you, and how your cattle were with me.
For [it was] little which you had before I [came], and it is [now] increased to a multitude; and the Lord has blessed you since my coming, and now when will I provide for my own house also?"
And he said, "What will I give you?" And Jacob said, "You will not give me anything, if you will do this thing for me, I will again feed [and] keep your flock.
I will pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats, and [of such] will be my hire.
So my righteousness will answer for me in time to come, when it will come for my hire before your face, everyone who [is] not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that will be counted stolen with me."
And Laban said, "Behold, perhaps it might be according to your word."
And he removed that day the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, [and] every one which had [some] white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave [them] into the hand of his sons.
And he set three days' journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.
And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which [was] in the rods.
And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.
And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle striped, speckled, and spotted.
And Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and did not put them to Laban's cattle.
And it came to pass, whenever the stronger cattle conceived, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.
But when the cattle were feeble, he did not put [them] in, so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger, Jacob's.
And the man increased exceedingly, and had many cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and donkeys.
And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, "Jacob has taken away all that [was] our father's; and of [that] which [was] our father's he has gotten all this glory."
And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it [was] not toward him as before.
And the Lord said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers, and to your kindred; and I will be with you."
And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field to his flock,
And said to them, "I see your father's countenance, that it [is] not toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me.
And you know that with all my power I have served your father.
And your father has deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God did not allow him to hurt me.
If he said thus, 'The speckled will be your wages; then all the cattle bore speckled,' and if he said thus, 'The striped will be your hire;' then all the cattle bore stripes.
Thus God has taken away the cattle of your father, and given [them] to me.
And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle [were] striped, speckled, and grisled.
And the angel of God spoke to me in a dream, [saying], 'Jacob,' And I said, 'Here I [am].'
And he said, 'Lift up your eyes now, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle [are] striped, speckled, and grisled, for I have seen all that Laban does to you.
I [am] the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar, [and] where you vowed a vow to Me, now arise, get out from this land, and return to the land of your kindred.'"
And Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, "[Is there] yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?
Are we not counted strangers of him? For he has sold us, and has quite devoured also our money.
For all the riches which God has taken from our father, that [is] ours, and our children's, now then, whatever God has said to you, do."
Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels;
And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his acquisition, which he had gotten in Padanaram, to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.
And Laban went to shear his sheep, and Rachel had stolen the images that [were] her father's.
And Jacob stole away the heart to Laban the Syrian, in that he did not tell him that he fled.
So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face [toward] the mount Gilead.
And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled.
And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.
And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said to him, "Take heed that you do not speak to Jacob either good or bad."
Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount, and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.
And Laban said to Jacob, "What have you done, that you have stolen away my heart, and carried away my daughters, as captives [taken] with the sword?
Therefore you fled away secretly, and stole away from me; and did not tell me, that I might have sent you away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?
And have not allowed me to kiss my sons and my daughters? You have now done foolishly in [so] doing.
It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, 'Take you heed that you do not speak to Jacob either good or bad.'
And now, [though] you need to be gone, because you fearingly longed after your father's house, [yet] why have you stolen my gods?"
And Jacob answered and said to Laban, "Because I was afraid, for I said, 'Perhaps you would take by force your daughters from me.'
With whomever you find your gods, let him not live, before our brethren discerns what [is] yours with me, and take [it] to you." For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.
And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two maidservants' tents; but he did not find [them]. Then he went out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.
Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but did not find [them].
And she said to her father, "Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before you; for the custom of women [is] upon me." And he searched, but did not find the images.
And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban, and Jacob answered and said to Laban, "What [is] my trespass? What [is] my sin, that you have so hotly pursued after me?
Whereas you have searched all my stuff, what have you found of all your household stuff? Set [it] here before my brethren and your brethren, that they may judge between us both.
These twenty years I [have been] with you; your ewes and your female goats have not cast their young, and I have not eaten the rams of your flock.
That which was torn [of beasts] I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it; you required it from my hand, [whether] stolen by day, or stolen by night.
[Thus] I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from my eyes.
Thus I have been in your house twenty years; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your cattle, and you have changed my wages ten times.
Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely you had sent me away now empty. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked [you] last night."
And Laban answered and said to Jacob, "[These] daughters [are] my daughters, and [these] children [are] my children, and [these] cattle [are] my cattle, and all that you see [is] mine, and what can I do this day to these my daughters, or to their children which they have born?
Now therefore come, let us make a covenant, I and you; and let it be for a witness between me and you."
And Jacob took a stone, and set it up [for] a pillar.
And Jacob said to his brethren, "Gather stones;" and they took stones, and made a heap, and they ate there upon the heap.
And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed.
And Laban said, "This heap [is] a witness between me and you this day." Therefore the name of it was called Galeed;
And Mizpah; for he said, "The Lord watches between me and you, when we are absent from one another.
If you will afflict my daughters, or if you will take [other] wives beside my daughters, no man [is] with us; see, God [is] witness between me and you."
And Laban said to Jacob, "Behold this heap, and behold [this] pillar, which I have cast between me and you;
This heap [is] witness, and [this] pillar [is] witness, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and that you will not pass over this heap and this pillar to me, for harm.
The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us." And Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac.
Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread, and they ate bread, and abode all night in the mount.
And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them, and Laban departed, and returned to his place.
And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
And when Jacob saw them, he said, "This [is] God's host," and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother to the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
And he commanded them, saying, "Thus will you speak to my lord Esau; 'Your servant Jacob says thus, 'I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now.
And I have oxen, and donkeys, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants, and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in your sight.'"
And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, "We came to your brother Esau, and he also comes to meet you, and four hundred men with him."
Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed, and he divided the people who [were] with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands;
And said, "If Esau comes to the one company, and strike it, then the other company which is left will escape."
And Jacob said, "O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord who said to me, 'Return to your country, and to your kindred, and I will deal well with you.'
I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which You have shown to Your servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I have become two bands.
Deliver me, I pray You, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, unless he will come and strike me, [and] the mother with the children.
And You said, 'I will surely do you good, and make your seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.'"
And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand, a present for Esau his brother;
Two hundred female goats, and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,
Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty young cows, and ten bulls, twenty she donkeys, and ten foals.
And he delivered [them] into the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves; and said to his servants, "Pass over before me, and put space between drove and drove."
And he commanded the foremost, saying, "When Esau my brother meets you, and asks you, saying, 'Whose [are] you? And where do you go? And whose [are] these before you?'
Then you will say, '[They are] your servant Jacob's; it [is] a present sent to my lord Esau, and, behold, he [is] also behind us.'"
And so he commanded the second, and the third, and all who followed the droves, saying, "On this manner will you speak to Esau, when you find him.
And say moreover, 'Behold, your servant Jacob [is] behind us.'" For he said, "I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will accept of me."
So the present went over before him, and he lodged that night in the company.
And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.
And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that [which] he had.
And Jacob was left alone; and there a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.
And when he saw that he did not prevail against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
And he said, "Let me go, for the day breaks." And he said, "I will not let you go, except you bless me."
And he said to him, "What [is] your name?" And he said, "Jacob."
And he said, "Your name will no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for as a prince you have power with God and with men, and have prevailed."
And Jacob asked [him], and said, "Tell [me], I pray you, your name." And he said, "Why [is] it [that] you ask after my name?" And he blessed him there.
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, for "I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved."
And as he passed over Penuel, the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.
Therefore the Children of Israel did not eat [of] the sinew which shrank, which [is] upon the hollow of the thigh, to this day, because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.
And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children to Leah, and to Rachel, and to the two handmaids.
And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.
And he passed over before them, and prostrated to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him, and they wept.
And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, "Who [are] those with you?" And he said, "The children which God has graciously given your servant."
Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they prostrated.
And Leah also with her children came near, and prostrated, and after, Joseph came near, and Rachel, and they prostrated.
And he said, "What [do] you [mean] by all this drove which I met?" And he said, "[These are] to find grace in the sight of my lord."
And Esau said, "I have enough, my brother; keep that [which] you have to yourself."
And Jacob said, "No, I pray you, if now I have found grace in your sight, then receive my present at my hand, for therefore I have seen your face, as though I had seen the Face of God, and you were pleased with me.
Take, I pray you, my blessing that is brought to you; because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough." And he urged him, and he took [it].
And he said, "Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before you."
And he said to him, "My lord knows that the children [are] tender, and the flocks and herds with young [are] with me, and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.
Let my lord, I pray you, pass over before his servant, and I will lead on softly, accordingly as the cattle that go before me and the children are able to endure, until I come to my lord to Seir."
And Esau said, "Let me now leave with you [some] of the folk who [are] with me." And he said, "What [is] the need? Let me find grace in the sight of my lord."
So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir.
And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him a house, and made booths for his cattle, therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.
And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which [is] in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padanaram; and pitched his tent before the city.
And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for a hundred pieces of money.
And he erected an altar there, and called it Elelohe-Israel.
And Dinah, the daughter of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.
And when Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.
And his soul clave to Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spoke kindly to the damsel.
And Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, "Get me this damsel to wife."
And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter; now his sons were with his cattle in the field, and Jacob held his peace until they had come.
And Hamor, the father of Shechem, went out to Jacob to commune with him.
And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard [it], and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had angered folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing should not be done.
And Hamor communed with them, saying, "The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter, I pray you, give her to him to wife.
And make marriages with us, [and] give your daughters to us, and take our daughters to you.
And you will dwell with us, and the land will be before you; dwell and trade therein, and get possessions therein."
And Shechem said to her father and to her brethren, "Let me find grace in your eyes, and what you will say to me, I will give.
Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give accordingly as you will say to me, but give me the damsel to wife."
And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister.
And they said to them, "We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised; for that [was] a reproach to us.
But in this we will consent to you, if you will be as we [are], that every male of you is circumcised;
Then we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.
But if you will not hear us, to be circumcised; then we will take our daughter, and we will be gone."
And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.
And the young man did not defer to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter, and he [was] more honorable than all the house of his father.
And Hamor and Shechem his son came to the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,
"These men [are] peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, [it is] large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.
Only herein will the men consent to us to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us is circumcised, as they [are] circumcised.
[Should] their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs not [be] ours? Only let us consent to them, and they will dwell with us."
And all who went out of the gate of his city listened to Hamor and to Shechem his son; and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city.
And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.
And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out.
The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.
They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their donkeys, and that which [was] in the city, and that which [was] in the field,
And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives they took captive, and spoiled even all that [was] in the house.
And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have troubled me to make me stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites, and I, [being] few in number, they will gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I will be destroyed, I and my house."
And they said, "Should he deal with our sister as with a harlot?"
And God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there, and make there an altar to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother."
Then Jacob said to his household, and to all who [were] with him, "Put away the strange gods that [are] among you, and be clean, and change your garments.
And 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 was with me in the way which I went."
And they gave to Jacob all the strange gods which [were] in their hand, and [all their] earrings which [were] in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which [was] by Shechem.
And they journeyed, and the terror of God was upon the cities that [were] round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.
So Jacob came to Luz, which [is] in the land of Canaan, that [is], Bethel, he and all the people who [were] with him.
And he built an altar there, and called the place Elbethel, because God appeared there to him, when he fled from the face of his brother.
But Deborah, Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak, and the name of it was called Allonbachuth.
And God appeared to Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him.
And God said to him, "Your name [is] Jacob, your name will not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel will be your name," and He called his name Israel.
And God said to him, "I [am] God Almighty, be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations will be of you, and kings will come out of your loins;
And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to you I will give it, and to your seed after you I will give the land."
And God went up from him in the place where He talked with him.
And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He talked with him, [even] a pillar of stone, and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.
And Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Bethel.
And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath, and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labor.
And 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."
And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni, but his father called him Benjamin.
And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which [is] Bethlehem.
And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave, that [is] the pillar of Rachel's grave to this day.
And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.
And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah, his father's servant-wife, and Israel heard [it]. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve.
The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun.
:The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin.
And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali:
And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid; Gad, and Asher, these [are] the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Padanaram.
And Jacob came to Isaac his father to Mamre, to the city of Arbah, which [is] Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned.
And the days of Isaac were a hundred and eighty years.
And Isaac breathed out and died, and was gathered to his people, [being] old and full of days, and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
Now these [are] the generations of Esau, who [is] Edom.
Esau took his wives from the daughters of Canaan; Adah, the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite;
And Bashemath, Ishmael's daughter, sister of Nebajoth.
And Adah bore to Esau Eliphaz; and Bashemath bore Reuel;
And Aholibamah bore Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah, these [are] the sons of Esau, who were born to him in the land of Canaan.
And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the persons of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his substance, which he had gotten in the land of Canaan; and went into the country from the face of his brother Jacob.
For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land wherein they were, strangers could not bear them because of their cattle.
Thus Esau dwelt in Mount Seir, Esau [is] Edom.
And these [are] the generations of Esau, the father of the Edomites in Mount Seir.
These [are] the names of Esau's sons; Eliphaz, the son of Adah, the wife of Esau, Reuel, the son of Bashemath, the wife of Esau.
And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz.
And Timna was a servant-wife to Eliphaz, Esau's son; and she bore Amalek to Eliphaz, these [were] the sons of Adah, Esau's wife.
And these [are] the sons of Reuel; Nahath, and Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah, these were the sons of Bashemath, Esau's wife.
And these were the sons of Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon, Esau's wife, and she bore Jeush to Esau, and Jaalam, and Korah.
These [were] dukes of the sons of Esau, the sons of Eliphaz, the firstborn [son] of Esau; duke Teman, duke Omar, duke Zepho, duke Kenaz,
Duke Korah, duke Gatam, [and] duke Amalek, these [are] the dukes [who came] of Eliphaz in the land of Edom; these [were] the sons of Adah.
And these [are] the sons of Reuel, Esau's son; duke Nahath, duke Zerah, duke Shammah, duke Mizzah, these [are] the dukes [who came] of Reuel in the land of Edom; these [are] the sons of Bashemath, Esau's wife.
And these [are] the sons of Aholibamah, Esau's wife; duke Jeush, duke Jaalam, duke Korah, these [were] the dukes [who came] of Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah, Esau's wife.
These [are] the sons of Esau, who [is] Edom, and these [are] their dukes.
These [are] the sons of Seir the Horite, who inhabited the land; Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah,
And Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan, these [are] the dukes of the Horites, the children of Seir in the land of Edom.
And the children of Lotan were Hori and Hemam; and Lotan's sister [was] Timna.
And the children of Shobal [were] these; Alvan, and Manahath, and Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.
And these [are] the children of Zibeon; both Ajah, and Anah, this [was that] Anah who found the mules in the wilderness, as he fed the donkeys of Zibeon his father.
And the children of Anah [were] these; Dishon, and Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah.
And these [are] the children of Dishon; Hemdan, and Eshban, and Ithran, and Cheran.
The children of Ezer [are] these; Bilhan, and Zaavan, and Akan.
The children of Dishan [are] these; Uz, and Aran.
These [are] the dukes [who came] of the Horites; duke Lotan, duke Shobal, duke Zibeon, duke Anah,
Duke Dishon, duke Ezer, duke Dishan, these [are] the dukes [who came] of Hori, among their dukes in the land of Seir.
And these [are] the kings who reigned in the land of Edom, before any king reigned over the Children of Israel.
And Bela, the son of Beor, reigned in Edom, and the name of his city [was] Dinhabah.
And Bela died, and Jobab, the son of Zerah of Bozrah, reigned in his stead.
And Jobab died, and Husham of the land of Temani reigned in his stead.
And Husham died, and Hadad, the son of Bedad, who struck Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his stead, and the name of his city [was] Avith.
And Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his stead.
And Samlah died, and Saul of Rehoboth, [by] the river, reigned in his stead.
And Saul died, and Baalhanan, the son of Achbor, reigned in his stead.
And Baalhanan, the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his stead, and the name of his city [was] Pau; and his wife's name [was] Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab.
And these [are] the names of the dukes [who came] of Esau, according to their families, after their places, by their names; duke Timnah, duke Alvah, duke Jetheth,
Duke Aholibamah, duke Elah, duke Pinon,
Duke Kenaz, duke Teman, duke Mibzar,
Duke Magdiel, duke Iram, these [are] the dukes of Edom, according to their habitations in the land of their possession, he [is] Esau, the father of the Edomites.
And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.
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 their evil report to his father.
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 when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.
And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told [it] his brethren, and they hated him more still.
And he said to them, "Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed.
For, behold, we [were] binding sheaves in the field, and, look, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood around, and prostrated to my sheaf."
And his brethren said to him, "Will you indeed reign over us? Or will you indeed have dominion over us?" And they still hated him more for his dreams, and for his words.
And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, "Behold, I have dreamed a dream again; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars prostrated to me." *12:4
And he told [it] to his father, and to his brethren, and his father rebuked him, and said to him, "What [is] this dream that you have dreamed? Should I and your mother and your brethren indeed come to prostrate to you to the earth?"
And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.
And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.
And Israel said to Joseph, "Do your brethren not feed [the flock] in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them." And he said to him, "Here [I am]."
And he said to him, "Go, I pray you, see whether it is well with your 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.
And a certain man found him, and, behold, [he was] wandering in the field, and the man asked him, saying, "What do you seek?"
And he said, "I seek my brethren, tell me, I pray you, where they feed [their flocks]."
And the man said, "They have departed from here; for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.'" And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.
And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to slay him.
And they said to one another, "Behold, this dreamer comes.
Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, 'Some evil beast has devoured him,' and we will see what will become of his dreams."
And Reuben heard [it], and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, "Let us not kill him."
And Reuben said to 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. *12:10
And it came to pass, when Joseph was brought to his brethren, that they stripped Joseph out of his coat, [his] coat of [many] colors that [was] on him;
And they took him, and cast him into a pit, and the pit [was] empty; [there was] no water in it.
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 spices and balm and myrrh, going to carry [it] down to Egypt.
And Judah said to his brethren, "What profit [is it] if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and not let our hand be upon him; for he [is] our brother [and] our flesh." And his brethren were content.
Then Midianites merchantmen passed by there; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, *12:19 and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty [pieces] of silver, and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
And Reuben returned to the pit; and, behold, Joseph [was] not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
And he returned to his brethren, and said, "The child [is] not; and I, where will I go?"
And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood; *12:18
And they sent the coat of [many] colors, and they brought [it] to their father; and said, "We have found this, identify whether it [is] your son's coat or not."
And he knew it, and said, "[It is] my son's coat; an evil beast has devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces."
And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned his son many days.
And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, "I will go down into the grave to my son mourning." Thus his father wept for him.
And the Midianites sold him into Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, [and] captain of the guard. *~Acts 7:9, *12:20
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.
And Judah saw a daughter of a certain Canaanite there, whose name [was] Shuah; and he took her, and went in to her.
And she conceived, and bore a son; and he called his name Er.
And she conceived again, and bore a son; and she called his name Onan.
And she yet again conceived, and bore a son; and called his name Shelah, and he was at Chezib, when she bore him.
And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name [was] Tamar.
And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord slew him.
And Judah said to Onan, "Go in to your brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to your brother."
And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in to his brother's wife, that he spilled [it] on the ground, unless he should give seed to his brother.
And the thing which he did displeased the Lord, therefore He slew him also.
Then Judah said to Tamar his daughter in law, "Remain a widow at your father's house, till Shelah, my son, is grown," for he said, "Unless perhaps he also dies, as his brethren [did]." And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.
And in process of time the daughter of Shuah, Judah's wife, died; and Judah was comforted, and went up to his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.
And it was told to Tamar, saying, "Behold, your father in law goes up to Timnath to shear his sheep."
And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered herself with a veil, 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 to him to wife.
When Judah saw her, he thought her [to be] a harlot; because she had covered her face.
And he turned to her by the way, and said, "Go, I pray you, let me come in to you;" (for he did not know that she [was] his daughter in law.) And she said, "What will you give me, that you may come in to me?"
And he said, "I will send [you] a kid from the flock." And she said, "Will you give [me] a pledge, until you send [it]?"
And he said, "What pledge will I give you?" And she said, "Your signet, and your bracelets, and your staff that [is] in your hand." And he gave [it] to her, and came in to her, and she conceived by him.
And she arose, and went away, and took off her veil from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.
And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive [his] pledge from the woman's hand, but he did not find her.
Then he asked the men of that place, saying, "Where [is] the harlot, who [was] openly by the way side?" And they said, "There was no harlot in this [place]."
And he returned to Judah, and said, "I cannot find her;" and also the men of the place said, "There was no harlot in this [place]."
And Judah said, "Let her take [it] to her, unless we are shamed, behold, I sent this kid, and you have not found her."
And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told to Judah, saying, "Tamar, your daughter in law has played the harlot; and also, behold, she [is] with child by whoredom." And Judah said, "Bring her forth, and let her be burnt."
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 you, whose [are] these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff."
And Judah acknowledged [them], and said, "She has been more righteous than I; because I did not give her to Shelah my son." And he knew her again no more.
And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins [were] in her womb.
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."
And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out, and she said, "How have you broken forth? [This] breach [is] upon you," therefore his name was called Pharez.
And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand, and his name was called Zarah. *Matthew 1:3
And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the hands of the Ishmeelites, who had brought him down there.
And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
And his master saw that the Lord [was] with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
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.
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.
And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he did not know he had anything, except the bread which he ate. And Joseph was [a] goodly [person], and well favored.
And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, "Lie with me."
But he refused, and said to his master's wife, "Behold, my master does not know what [is] with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand;
[There is] none greater in this house than I; neither 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?"
And it came to pass, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not listen to her, to lie by her, [or] to be with her.
And it came to pass about this time, that [Joseph] went into the house to do his business; and none of the men of the house [were] there within.
And she caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me," *12:23 and he left his garment in her hand, *12:25 and fled, and got himself out.
And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
That she called to the men of her house, and spoke to them, saying, "See, he has brought in a Hebrew to us to mock us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice.
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 himself out."
And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
And she spoke to him according to these words, saying, "The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought to us, came in to me to mock me.
And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out."
And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, "After this manner your servant did to me;" that his wrath was kindled.
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.
But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners who [were] in the prison; and whatever they did there, he was the doer [of it].
The keeper of the prison did not look to anything [that was] under his hand; because the Lord was with him, and [that] which he did, the Lord made [it] prosper.
And it came to pass after these things, [that] the butler of the king of Egypt and [his] baker had offended their lord, the king of Egypt.
And Pharaoh was wroth against two [of] his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.
And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph [was] bound.
And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them, and they continued a season in ward.
And they dreamed a dream, both of them, each man, his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who [were] bound in the prison.
And Joseph came in toward them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they [were] sad.
And he asked Pharaoh's officers who [were] with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, "Why do you look [so] sad today?"
And they said to him, "We have dreamed a dream, and [there is] no interpreter of it." And Joseph said to them, "[Do] interpretations not [belong] to God? Tell me [them], I pray you."
And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, "In my dream, behold, a vine [was] before me;
And in the vine [were] three branches, and it [was] as though it budded, [and] her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes.
And Pharaoh's cup [was] in my hand, and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand." *12:36
And Joseph said to him, "This [is] the interpretation of it, 'The three branches [are] three days.
Yet within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head, and restore you to your place, and you will deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when you were his butler.' *12:41
But think on me when it will be well with you, and show kindness, I pray you, to me, and make mention of me to Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house. *12:42
For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews, and I have done nothing here also that they should put me into the dungeon."
When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, "I also [was] in my dream, and, behold, [I had] three white baskets on my head.
And in the uppermost basket [there was] of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds ate them out of the basket upon my head." *12:36
And Joseph answered and said, "This [is] the interpretation thereof, 'The three baskets [are] three days.
Yet within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head from off you, and will hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from off you.'" *12:41
And it came to pass the third day, [which was] Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast to all his servants, and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.
And he restored the chief butler to his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand.
But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.
Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
And it came to pass at the end of two full years, *12:42 that Pharaoh dreamed, and, behold, he stood by the river.
And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favored young cows and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow.
And, behold, seven other young cows came up after them out of the river, ill favored and leanfleshed; and stood by the [other] young cows upon the brink of the river.
And the ill favored and leanfleshed young cows ate up the seven well favored and fat young cows. So Pharaoh awoke.
And he slept and dreamed the second time, and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.
And, behold, seven thin ears, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them.
And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, [it was] a dream.
And 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 the wise men thereof, and Pharaoh told them his dream; but [there were] none who could interpret them to Pharaoh. *12:43 - 44
Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying, "I do remember my faults this day.
Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard's house, [both] me and the chief baker.
And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream.
And a young man [was] with us, a Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; he interpreted to each man according to his dream.
And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; he restored me to my office, and he hanged him."
Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon, and he shaved [himself], and changed his raiment, and came in toward Pharaoh.
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have dreamed a dream, and [there are] none who can interpret it, and I have heard [it] said of you, [that] you can understand a dream to interpret it."
And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, "[It is] not in me, God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace."
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river.
And, behold, there came up out of the river seven young cows, fatfleshed and well favored; and they fed in a meadow.
And, behold, seven other young cows came up after them, poor and very ill favored and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness.
And the lean and the ill favored young cows ate up the first seven fat young cows.
And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they [were] still ill favored, as at the beginning. So I awoke. *12:46
And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good.
And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, [and] blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them.
And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears, and I told [this] to the magicians; but [there were] none who could declare [it] to me." *12:46
And Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dream of Pharaoh [is] one, God has shown Pharaoh what He [is] about to do.
The seven good young cows [are] seven years; and the seven good ears [are] seven years, the dream [is] one.
And the seven thin and ill favored young cows that came up after them [are] seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind will be seven years of famine.
This [is] the thing which I have spoken to Pharaoh, 'What God [is] about to do, He shows to Pharaoh.'
Behold, seven years of great plenty come throughout all the land of Egypt.
And there will arise after them, seven years of famine; and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine will consume the land;
And the plenty will not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it [will be] very grievous.
And for that, the dream was doubled to Pharaoh twice; [it is] because the thing [is] established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass. *12:47 - 48
Now therefore, let Pharaoh look out for a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
Let Pharaoh do [this], and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.
And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.
And that food will be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which will be in the land of Egypt; that the land does not perish through the famine."
And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find [one such] as this, a man in whom the Spirit of God [is]?"
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Forasmuch as God has shown you all this, [there are] none so discreet and wise as you [are].
You will be over my house, and according to your word will all my people be ruled, only in the throne will I be greater than you."
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt."
And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, "Bow the knee," and he made him [ruler] over all the land of Egypt.
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I [am] Pharaoh, and without you will no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt."
And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife, Asenath, the daughter of Potipherah, priest of On. And Joseph went out over [all] the land of Egypt.
And 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.
And in the seven plenteous years, the earth brought forth by handfuls.
And 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, the food of the field, which [was] around every city, he laid up in the same.
And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for [it was] without number.
And to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potipherah, priest of On, bore to him.
And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh, "For God," [he said], "has made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house."
And the name of the second he called Ephraim, "For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction."
And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, had ended.
And the seven years of famine began to come, accordingly as Joseph had said, and the famine was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread, and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph; what he says to you, do."
And the famine was over all the face of the earth, and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.
And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph to buy [corn]; because the famine was [so] sore in all lands.
Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, "Why do you look upon one another?"
And he said, "Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt, get down there, and buy for us from there; that we may live, and not die."
And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt. *Acts 7:12, *12:58
But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob did not send with his brethren; for he said, "Unless perhaps mischief befalls him."
And the sons of Israel came to buy [corn] among those who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
And Joseph [was] the governor over the land, [and it was] he who sold to all the people of the land, and Joseph's brethren came, and prostrated down before him, [with] their faces to the earth.
And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange to them, and spoke roughly to them; and he said to them, "From where did you come?" And they said, "From the land of Canaan to buy food."
And Joseph knew his brethren, but they did not know him. *12:58
And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said to them, "You [are] spies; you have come to see the nakedness of the land."
And they said to him, "No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food.
We [are] all one man's sons; we [are] true [men], your servants are not spies."
And he said to them, "No, but you have come to see the nakedness of the land."
And they said, "Your servants [are] twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest [is] with our father this day, and one [is] not."
And Joseph said to them, "That [is] which I spoke to you, saying, 'You [are] spies.'
Hereby will you be proved, 'By the life of Pharaoh you will not go forth from here, unless your youngest brother comes here.' *12:59
Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and you will be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether [there is any] truth in you, or else by the life of Pharaoh surely you [are] spies."
And he put them all together into the ward for three days.
And Joseph said to them the third day, "Do this, and live; [for] I fear God.
If you [are] true [men], let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison, go, carry corn for the famine of your houses.
But bring your youngest brother to me; so your words will be verified, and you will not die." And they did so.
And they said to one another, "We [are] verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore this distress has come upon us."
And Reuben answered them, saying, "Did I not speak to you, saying, 'Do not sin against the child;' and you would not hear? Therefore, behold, his blood is also required."
And they did not know that Joseph understood [them]; for he spoke to them by an interpreter.
And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took Simeon from them, and bound him before their eyes.
Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way, and thus he did to them. *12:62
And they laded their donkeys with the corn, and departed from there.
And as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey provender in the inn, he saw his money; for, behold, it [was] in his sack's mouth.
And he said to his brethren, "My money is restored; and, look, [it is] even in my sack," and their heart failed [them], and they were afraid, saying to one another, "What [is] this [that] God has done to us?" *12:65
And they came to Jacob their father, to the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell them; saying,
"The man, [who is] the lord of the land, spoke roughly to us, and took us as spies of the country.
And we said to him, 'We [are] true [men]; we are not spies.
We [are] twelve brethren, sons of our father; one [is] not, and the youngest [is] this day with our father in the land of Canaan.'
And the man, the lord of the country, said to us, 'Hereby will I know that you [are] true [men]; leave one of your brethren [here] with me, and take [food for] the famine of your households, and be gone.
And bring your youngest brother to me, then I will know that you [are] not spies, but [that] you [are] true [men, so] will I deliver you your brother, and you will be merchants in the land.'"
And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money [was] in his sack, and when [both] they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.
And Jacob their father said to them, "You have bereaved me [of my children], Joseph [is] not, and Simeon [is] not, and you will take Benjamin [away], all these things are against me."
And Reuben spoke to his father, saying, "Slay my two sons, if I do not bring him to you, deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to you again."
And he said, "My son will not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone, if mischief befalls him by the way in which you go, then you will bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave."
And the famine [was] sore in the land.
And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said to them, "Go again, buy us a little food."
And Judah spoke to him, saying, "The man did solemnly protest to us, saying, "You will not see my face, unless your brother [is] with you.
If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food.
But if you will not send [him], we will not go down, for the man said to us, 'You will not see my face, unless your brother [is] with you.'"
And Israel said, "Why did you deal [so] ill with me, [as] to tell the man whether you still had a brother?"
And they said, "The man asked us straightly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, '[Is] your father still alive? Do you have [another] brother?' And we told him according to the tenor of these words; could we certainly know that he would say, 'Bring your brother down?'"
And Judah said to Israel his father, "Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and you, [and] also our little ones.
I will be security for him; you will require him of my hand, if I do not bring him to you, and set him before you, then let me bear the blame forever.
For unless we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time."
And their father Israel said to them, "If [it must be] so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry a present down to the man, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds.
And take twice the money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry [it] again in your hand; perhaps it [was] an oversight.
Take your brother also, and arise, go again to the man.
And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send your other brother away, and Benjamin. If I am bereaved [of my children], I am bereaved."
And the men took that present, and they took twice the money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.
And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, "Bring [these] men home, and slay, and make ready; for [these] men will dine with me at noon."
And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph's house.
And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's house; and they said, "We are brought in because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our donkeys."
And they came near the steward of Joseph's house, and they communed with him at the door of the house,
And said, "O sir, we came down indeed at the first time to buy food."
And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, [every] man's money [was] in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight, and we have brought it again in our hand.
And we have brought other money down in our hands to buy food, we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks."
And he said, "Peace to you, do not fear, your God, and the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks, I had your money." And he brought Simeon out to them.
And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave [them] water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys provender.
And they made the present ready until Joseph came at noon, for they heard that they should eat bread there.
And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which [was] in their hand into the house, and prostrated to him to the earth.
And he asked them of [their] welfare, and said, "[Is] your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? [Is] he still alive?"
And they answered, "Your servant, our father, [is] in good health, he [is] still alive." And they bowed down their heads, and prostrated.
And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, "[Is] this your younger brother, of whom you spoke to me?" And he said, "God be gracious to you, my son."
And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother, and he sought [where] to weep; and he entered into [his] chamber, and wept there.
And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, "Set bread."
And they set for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, who ate with him, by themselves, because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that [is] an abomination to the Egyptians.
And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth, and the men marveled at one another.
And he took [and sent] helpings to them from before him, but Benjamin's helping was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were gratified with him.
And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, "Fill the men's sacks [with] food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth.
And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money." And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken.
As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their donkeys.
[And] when they had gone out of the city, [and] not [still] far off, Joseph said to his steward, "Up, follow after the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, 'Why have you rewarded evil for good?
[Is] this not [it] in which my lord drinks, and whereby he indeed divined? You have done evil in so doing.'" *12:70
And he overtook them, and he spoke these same words to them.
And they said to him, "Why does my lord say these words? God forbid that your servants should do according to this thing.
Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again to you out of the land of Canaan, how then should we steal out of your lord's house silver or gold?
With whomever of your servants it is found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen."
And he said, "Now also [let] it [be] according to your words, he with whom it is found will be my servant; and you will be blameless."
Then every man speedily took down his sack to the ground, and every man opened his sack.
And he searched, [and] began at the eldest, and left at the youngest, and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack. *12:76
Then they rent their clothes, and every man laded his donkey, and returned to the city.
And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he [was] still there, and they fell before him on the ground.
And Joseph said to them, "What deed [is] this that you have done? Did you not know that such a man as I can certainly divine?"
And Judah said, "What will we say to my lord? What will we speak? Or how will we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants, behold, we [are] my lord's servants, both we, and [he] also with whom the cup is found."
And he said, "God forbid that I should do so, [but] the man in whose hand the cup is found, he will be my servant; and as for you, get up in peace to your father."
Then Judah came near him, and said, "Oh my lord, let your servant, I pray you, speak a word in my lord's ears, and do not let your anger burn against your servant, for you [are] even as Pharaoh.
My lord asked his servants, saying, 'Do you have a father, or a brother?'
And we said to my lord, 'We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loves him.'
And you said to your servants, 'Bring him down to me, that I may set my eyes upon him.'
And we said to my lord, 'The lad cannot leave his father, for [if] he should leave his father, [his father] would die.'
And you said to your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will see my face no more.'
And it came to pass when we came up to your servant, my father, we told him the words of my lord.
And our father said, 'Go again, [and] buy us a little food.'
And we said, 'We cannot go down, if our youngest brother is with us, then will we go down, for we may not see the man's face, unless our youngest brother [is] with us.'
And your servant, my father, said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two [sons].
And the one went out from me, and I said, 'Surely he is torn in pieces; and I did not see him since.
And if you take this also from me, and mischief befalls him, you will bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.'
Now therefore when I come to your servant, my father, and the lad [is] not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life;
It will come to pass, when he sees that the lad [is] not [with us], that he will die, and your servants will bring down the gray hairs of your servant, our father, with sorrow to the grave.
For your servant became security for the lad to my father, saying, 'If I do not bring him to you, then I will bear the blame to my father forever.'
Now therefore, I pray you, let your servant abide instead of the lad [as] a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren.
For how will I go up to my father, and the lad [is] not with me? Unless perhaps I see the evil that will come on my father."
Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all those who stood by him; and he cried, "Cause every man to go out from me." And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known to his brethren.
And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.
And Joseph said to his brethren, "I [am] Joseph; does my father still live?" And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.
And Joseph said to his brethren, "Come near me, I pray you." And they came near. And he said, "I [am] Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. *12:90
Now therefore do not be grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. *12:92
For these two years the famine [has been] in the land, and [there are] still five years, in the which [there will] neither [be] earing nor harvest.
And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
So now [it was] not you [who] sent me here, but God, and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Hurry, and go up to my father, and say to him, 'Thus your son Joseph says, 'God has made me lord of all Egypt, come down to me, do not stay.'
And you will dwell in the land of Goshen, and you will be near me, you, and your children, and your children's children, and your flocks, and your herds, and all that you have.
And I will nourish you there; for [there are] still five years of famine; unless you, and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty.
And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that [it is] my mouth that speaks to you.
And you will tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that you have seen; and you will hurry and bring my father down here."
And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them, and after that, his brethren talked with him.
And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, "Joseph's brethren have come," and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Say to your brethren, 'Do this; lade your beasts, and go, get to the land of Canaan;
And take your father and your households, and come to me, and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and you will eat the fat of the land.'
Now you are commanded, do this; take wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.
Also do not regard your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt [is] yours."
And the children of Israel did so, and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.
To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred [pieces] of silver, and five changes of raiment.
And he sent after this [manner] to his father; ten donkeys laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way.
So he sent his brethren away, and they departed, and he said to them, "See that you do not fall out by the way."
And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan to Jacob their father,
And told him, saying, "Joseph [is] still alive, and he [is] governor over all the land of Egypt." And Jacob's heart fainted, for he did not believe them.
And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob, their father, revived.
And Israel said, "[It is] enough; Joseph my son [is] still alive, I will go and see him before I die."
And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
And God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, "Jacob, Jacob." And he said, "Here I [am]."
And He said, "I [am] God, the God of your father, do not fear to go down into Egypt; for I will make a great nation of you there.
I will go down with you into Egypt; and I will also surely bring you up [again], and Joseph will put his hand upon your eyes."
And Jacob rose up from Beersheba, and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.
And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him.
His sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed he brought with him into Egypt.
And these [are] the names of the children of Israel, who came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons, Reuben, Jacob's firstborn.
And the sons of Reuben; Hanoch, and Phallu, and Hezron, and Carmi.
And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanitish woman.
And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
And the sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and Zerah, but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul.
And the sons of Issachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron.
And the sons of Zebulun; Sered, and Elon, and Jahleel.
These [are] the sons of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob in Padanaram, with his daughter Dinah, all the souls of his sons and his daughters [were] thirty three.
And the sons of Gad; Ziphion, and Haggi, Shuni, and Ezbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli.
And the sons of Asher; Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister, and the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel.
These [are] the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah, his daughter, and she bore these to Jacob, [even] sixteen souls.
The sons of Rachel, Jacob's wife; Joseph, and Benjamin.
And to Joseph in the land of Egypt, Manasseh and Ephraim were born, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potipherah, priest of On, bore to him.
And the sons of Benjamin [were] Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard.
These [are] the sons of Rachel, whom were born to Jacob, all the souls [were] fourteen.
And the sons of Dan; Hushim.
And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem.
These [are] the sons of Bilhah, whom Laban gave to Rachel, his daughter, and she bore these to Jacob, all the souls [were] seven.
All the souls who came with Jacob into Egypt, who came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls [were] sixty six;
And the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, [were] two souls, all the souls of the house of Jacob, who came into Egypt, [were] seventy.
And he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to direct his face to Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.
And Joseph made his chariot ready, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself to him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.
And Israel said to Joseph, "Now let me die, since I have seen your face, because you [are] still alive."
And Joseph said to his brethren, and to his father's house, "I will go up, and show Pharaoh, and say to him, 'My brethren, and my father's house, who [were] in the land of Canaan, are brought to me;
And the men [are] shepherds, for their trade has been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.'
And it will come to pass, when Pharaoh will call you, and will say, 'What [is] your occupation?'
That you will say, 'Your servants' trade has been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, [and] also our fathers, that you may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd [is] an abomination to the Egyptians.'"
Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, "My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are brought out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they [are] in the land of Goshen."
And he took some of his brethren, [even] five men, and presented them to Pharaoh.
And Pharaoh said to his brethren, "What [is] your occupation?" And they said to Pharaoh, "Your servants [are] shepherds, both we, [and] also our fathers."
They said moreover to Pharaoh, "We have come to sojourn in the land; for your servants have no pasture for their flocks; for the famine [is] sore in the land of Canaan, now therefore, we pray you, let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen."
And Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, saying, "Your father and your brethren are brought to you.
The land of Egypt [is] before you; make your father and brethren to dwell in the best of the land; let them dwell in the land of Goshen, and if you know [any] men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle."
And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
And Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How old [are] you?"
And Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The days of the years of my pilgrimage [are] a hundred and thirty years, the days of the years of my life have been few and evil, and have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage."
And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.
And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to [their] families.
And [there was] no bread in all the land; for the famine [was] very sore, so that the land of Egypt and [all] the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.
And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought, and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.
And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph, and said, "Give us bread, for why should we die in your presence? For the money fails."
And Joseph said, "Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fails."
And they brought their cattle to Joseph, and Joseph gave them bread [in exchange] for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the donkeys, and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.
When that year had ended, they came to him the second year, and said to him, "We will not hide [it] from my lord, how our money is spent; my lord also has our herds of cattle; there is nothing left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands.
Why will we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants to Pharaoh, and give [us] seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land does not become desolate."
And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them, so the land became Pharaoh's.
And as for the people, he removed them to cities from [one] end of the borders of Egypt even to the [other] end thereof.
Only the land of the priests he did not buy; for the priests had a portion [assigned to them] from Pharaoh, and ate their portion which Pharaoh gave them, therefore they did not sell their lands.
Then Joseph said to the people, "Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh, look, [here is] seed for you, and you will sow the land.
And it will come to pass in the increase, that you will give the fifth [part] to Pharaoh, and four parts will be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for those of your households, and for food for your little ones."
And they said, "You have saved our lives, let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants."
And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt to this day, [that] Pharaoh should have the fifth [part]; except the land of the priests only, [which] did not become Pharaoh's.
And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.
And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt for seventeen years, so the whole age of Jacob was a hundred forty seven years.
And the time drew near that Israel must die, and he called his son Joseph, and said to him, "If now I have found grace in your sight, put, I pray you, your hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; do not bury me, I pray you, in Egypt.
But I will lie with my fathers, and you will carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their burying place." And he said, "I will do as you have said."
And he said, "Swear to me." And he swore to him. And Israel prostrated upon the bed's head.
And it came to pass after these things, that [one] told Joseph, "Behold, your father [is] sick," and he took his two sons with him, Manasseh and Ephraim.
And [one] told Jacob, and said, "Behold, your son Joseph comes to you," and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
And Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
And said to me, 'Behold, I will make you fruitful, and multiply you, and I will make a multitude of people from you; and will give this land to your seed after you [for] an everlasting possession.'
And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you into Egypt, [are] mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they will be mine.
And your issue, whom you begot after them, will be yours, [and] will be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.
And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when [there was] still but a little way to come to Ephrath, and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same [is] Bethlehem."
And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, "Who [are] these?"
And Joseph said to his father, "They [are] my sons, whom God has given to me in this [place]." And he said, "Bring them, I pray you, to me, and I will bless them."
Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, [so that] he could not see. And he brought them near him; and he kissed them, and embraced them.
And Israel said to Joseph, "I had not thought to see your face, and, look, God has also shown me your seed."
And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he prostrated with his face to the earth.
And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought [them] near him.
And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid [it] upon Ephraim's head, who [was] the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh [was] the firstborn.
And he blessed Joseph, and said, "God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God who fed me all my life long to this day,
The angel who redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth."
And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him, and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head.
And Joseph said to his father, "Not so, my father, for this [is] the firstborn; put your right hand upon his head."
And his father refused, and said, "I know [it], my son, I know [it], he also will become a people, and he will also be great, but truly his younger brother will be greater than him, and his seed will become a multitude of nations." *Barnabas 13:5
And he blessed them that day, saying, "In you will Israel bless, saying, "God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh, and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
And Israel said to Joseph, "Behold, I die, but God will be with you, and bring you again to the land of your fathers.
Moreover I have given to you one portion above your brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow."
And Jacob called to his sons, and said, "Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you [that] which will befall you in the last days.
Gather yourselves together, and hear, sons of Jacob; and hear Israel your father.
Reuben, you [are] my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power.
Unstable as water, you will not excel; because you went up to your father's bed; then you defiled [it], he went up to my couch.
Simeon and Levi [are] brethren; instruments of cruelty [are in] their habitations.
O my soul, do not come into their secret; to their assembly, my honor, do not be united, for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they dug down a wall.
Cursed [is] their anger, for [it was] fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel, I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
Judah, you [are he] whom your brethren will praise, your hand [will be] in the neck of your enemies; your father's children will prostrate before you.
Judah [is] a lion's whelp, from the prey, my son, you have gone up, he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who will rouse him up?
The sceptre will not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to him [will] the gathering of the people [be].
Binding his foal to the vine, and his donkey's colt to the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes.
His eyes [will be] red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
Zebulun will dwell at the haven of the sea; and he [will be] for a haven of ships; and his border [will be] to Zidon.
Issachar [is] a strong donkey reclining between two burdens.
And he saw that rest [was] good, and the land, that [it was] pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant to tribute.
Dan will judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
Dan will be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that bites the horse heels, so that his rider will fall backward.
I have waited for Your salvation, O Lord.
Gad, a troop will overcome him, but he will overcome at the last.
Out of Asher, his bread [will be] fat, and he will yield royal dainties.
Naphtali [is] a hind let loose, he gives goodly words.
Joseph [is] a fruitful bough, [even] a fruitful bough by a well; [whose] branches run over the wall.
The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot [at him], and hated him.
But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty [God] of Jacob; from there [is] the shepherd, the stone of Israel.
[Even] by the God of your father, who will help you; and by the Almighty, who will bless you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies underneath, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb.
The blessings of your father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills, they will be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brethren.
Benjamin will tear to pieces [as] a wolf, in the morning he will devour the prey, and at night he will divide the spoil."
All these [are] the twelve tribes of Israel, and this [is it] which their father spoke to them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them. *5:12
And he charged them, and said to them, "I am to be gathered to my people, bury me with my fathers in the cave that [is] in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
In the cave that [is] in the field of Machpelah, which [is] before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a burying place.
There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.
The purchase of the field and of the cave that [is] therein [was] from the children of Heth."
And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and breathed out, and was gathered to his people.
And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.
And Joseph commanded his servants, the physicians, to embalm his father, and the physicians embalmed Israel.
And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those who are embalmed, and the Egyptians mourned seventy days for him.
And when the days of his mourning had past, Joseph spoke to the house of Pharaoh, saying, "If I have now found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,
'My father made me swear, saying, 'Behold, I die, in my grave which I have dug for me in the land of Canaan, there will you bury me.' Now therefore let me go up, I pray you, and bury my father, and I will come again."
And Pharaoh said, "Go up, and bury your father, accordingly as he made you swear."
And Joseph went up to bury his father, and all the servants of Pharaoh went up with him, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,
And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house, they left only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, in the land of Goshen.
And both chariots and horsemen went up with him, and it was a very great company.
And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which [is] beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation, and he made a mourning seven days for his father.
And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, "This [is] a grievous mourning to the Egyptians," therefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim, which [is] beyond Jordan.
And his sons did to him accordingly as he commanded them.
For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a burying place of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.
And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all who went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.
And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, "Joseph will perhaps hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did to him."
And they sent a messenger to Joseph, saying, "Your father commanded before he died, saying,
'So you will say to Joseph, 'Forgive, I pray you now, the trespass of your brethren, and their sin; for they did evil to you, and now, we pray you, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.'" And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, "Behold, we [are] your servants."
And Joseph said to them, "Do not fear, for [am] I in the place of God?
But as for you, you thought evil against me; [but] God meant it to good, to bring to pass, as [it is] this day, to save many people alive.
Now therefore do not fear, I will nourish you, and your little ones." And he comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.
And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house, and Joseph lived a hundred and ten years.
And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third [generation], the children also of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were brought up upon Joseph's knees.
And Joseph said to his brethren, "I die, and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob."
And Joseph took an oath of the Children of Israel, saying, "God will surely visit you, and you will carry up my bones from here."
So Joseph died, [being] a hundred and ten years old, and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.