Bible/King James/Documentary Hypothesis/JE source (Division 2 of 3)
According to the documentary hypothesis, the Torah is composed from a number of originally independant sources joined by a redactor. One of these supposed sources is named the "JE source", due to it being considered a redacted together combination of the Jahwist (J) source and the Elohist (E) source.
There follows the reconstructed text of the JE Source, using the King James Translation of the Torah.
- The text usually ascribed to the Jahwist (J) is highlighted in navy blue (view in isolation)
- The text usually ascribed to the Elohist (E) is highlighted in teal blueish grey (view in isolation)
Due simply to its size, it has been divided into 3 divisions of approximately similar size, for the purposes of easy downloading. These divisions do not knowingly reflect the content of the text, or the original divisions, in any way.
Although the text is ordered as it appears in the bible, the partitions do not reflect, in any way, the original partitioning of the text, and simply exists for the ease of modern readership
Parts 1 - 30[edit | edit source]
Due simply to the document's size, it has been divided into 3 divisions of approximately similar size, for the purposes of easy downloading. These divisions do not knowingly reflect the content of the text, or the original divisions, in any way.
Part 31 - Jacob's ladder[edit | edit source]
1And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
2And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set;
3And he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
4And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven:
5And behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
6And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac:
7The land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
8And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south:
9And in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
10And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land;
11For I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
12And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
13And 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 heaven.
14And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows,
15And set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
16And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
17And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go,
18And will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
19So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
20And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house:
21And of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
Part 32 - The sheep and the stone[edit | edit source]
1Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.
2And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it;
3For out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well's mouth.
4And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth,
5And watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place.
6And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.
7And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him.
8And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.
9And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.
10And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together,
11And till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.
12And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep: for she kept them.
13And 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,
14That Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.
15And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.
Part 33 - The two wives of Jacob[edit | edit source]
1And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father.
2And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son,
3That he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house.
4And he told Laban all these things.
5And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.
6And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?
7And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
8Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.
9And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
10And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
11And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
12And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.
13And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
14And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.
15And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.
16And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah:
17And he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?
18And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
19Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
20And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
21And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
22And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.
Part 34 - The children of Jacob[edit | edit source]
1And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
2And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben:
3For she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
4And she conceived again, and bare a son;
5And said, Because the LORD hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.
6And she conceived again, and bare a son;
7And said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.
8And she conceived again, and bare a son:
9And she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.
10And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children,Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
11And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?
12And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.
13And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife:and Jacob went in unto her.
14And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.
15And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.
16And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son.
17And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.
18When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.
19And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a son.
20And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.
21And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a second son.
22And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher.
23And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah.
24Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.
25And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son's mandrakes also?
26And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to night for thy son's mandrakes.
27And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him,
28And said, Thou must come in unto me; for surely I have hired thee with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.
29And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son.
30And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar.
31And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son.
32And Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry;
33Now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun.
34And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
35And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
36And she conceived, and bare a son;
37And said, God hath taken away my reproach: and she called him Joseph;
38And said, The LORD shall add to me another son.
Part 35 - The blemished flock[edit | edit source]
1And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban,
2Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.
3Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee.
4And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry:
5For I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.
6And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.
7And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me.
8For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude;
9And the LORD hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?
10And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing:
11If thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock.
12I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle,
13And all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire.
14So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face:
15Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me.
16And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.
17And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted,
18And every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons.
19And he set three days' journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.
20And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chestnut tree;
21And pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.
22And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink,
23That they should conceive when they came to drink. And the flocks conceived before the rods,
24And flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.
25And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban;
26And he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban's cattle.
27And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive,
28That Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.
29But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.
30And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.
31And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father's;
32And of that which was our father's hath he gotten all this glory.
33And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before.
34And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.
35And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,
36And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me.
37And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.
38And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.
39If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled:
40And if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked.
41Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.
42And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream,
43And, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.
44And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.
45And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled:
46For I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.
47I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me:
48Now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.
Part 36 - The stones of Galeed[edit | edit source]
1And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?
2Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.
3For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is ours, and our children's: now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.
4Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels;
5And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten,
6And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's.
7And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.
8So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face toward the mount Gilead.
9And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.
10And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.
11And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
12Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.
13And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me,
14And carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword?
15Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me,
16That I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?
17And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in so doing.
18It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight,
19Saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
20And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father's house,
21Yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?
22And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me.
23With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live: before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee.
24For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.
25And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two maidservants' tents; but he found them not.
26Then went he out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.
27Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them.
28And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not.
29And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me.
30And he searched, but found not the images.
31And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban,
32What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?
33Whereas thou hast searched all my things, what hast thou found of all thy household things?
34Set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both.
35This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.
36That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it;
37Of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.
38Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.
39Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle:
40And thou hast changed my wages ten times.
41Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty.
42God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.
43And Laban answered and said unto Jacob,
44These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou seest is mine:
45And what can I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have born?
46Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.
47And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.
48And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.
49And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed.
50And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed;
51And Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.
52If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside my daughters,
53No man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee.
54And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee:
55This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee,
56And that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm.
57The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us.
58And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.
59Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread:
60And they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.
61And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them:
62And Laban departed, and returned unto his place.
Part 37 - Jacob's gifts to Esau[edit | edit source]
1And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
2And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
3And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
4And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau;
5Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now:
6And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants:
7And I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight.
8And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau,
9And also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.
10Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed:
11And he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands;
12And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.
13And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me,
14Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:
15I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant;
16For with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.
17Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau:
18For I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.
19And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
20And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;
21Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,
22Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.
23And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves;
24And said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove.
25And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee,
26Saying, Whose art thou? and whither goest thou? and whose are these before thee?
27Then thou shalt say, They be thy servant Jacob's; it is a present sent unto my lord Esau: and, behold, also he is behind us.
28And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves,
29Saying, On this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find him.
30And say ye moreover, Behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us.
31For he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me.
32So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company.
Part 38 - Jacob wrestles with God[edit | edit source]
1And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.
2And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.
3And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
4And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh;
5And the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
6And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
7And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
8And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel:
9For as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
10And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name.
11And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
12And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
13And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.
14Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day:
15Because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.
Part 39 - Jacob's reconciliation with Esau[edit | edit source]
1And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men.
2And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.
3And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.
4And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
5And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.
6And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee?
7And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.
8Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.
9And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves.
10And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.
11And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.
12And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand:
13For therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.
14Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.
15And he urged him, and he took it. And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.
16And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me:
17And if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.
18Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant:
19And I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.
20And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me.
21And he said, What needeth it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord.
22So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.
23And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle:
24Therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.
25And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, and pitched his tent before the city.
26And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent,
27At the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for an hundred pieces of money.
28And he erected there an altar, and called it EleloheIsrael.
Part 40 - The rape of Dinah[edit | edit source]
1And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.
2And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.
3And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.
4And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.
5And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter:
6Now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they were come.
7And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him.
8And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth,
9Because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done.
10And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife.
11And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you.
12And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein.
13And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give.
14Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife.
15And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister:
16And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us:
17But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised;
18Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.
19But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.
20And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.
21And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter:
22And he was more honourable than all the house of his father.
23And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,
24These 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;
25Let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.
26Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people,
27If every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised.
28Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.
29And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city;
30And every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.
31And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore,
32That 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.
33And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out.
34The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.
35They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,
36And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house.
37And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites:
38And I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.
39And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?
Part 41 - The consecration of Bethel[edit | edit source]
1And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there:
2And make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.
3Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him,
4Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:
5And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God,
6Who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.
7And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears;
8And Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.
9And 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.
10So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people that were with him.
11And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.
12But Deborah Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allonbachuth.
Part 42 - The birth of Benjamin[edit | edit source]
1And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.
2And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.
3And 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.
4And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.
5And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day.
Part 43 - Reuben and Bilhah[edit | edit source]
1And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.
2And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it.
Part 44 - The list of Edomite kings[edit | edit source]
1And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel.
2And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom: and the name of his city was Dinhabah.
3And Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his stead.
4And Jobab died, and Husham of the land of Temani reigned in his stead.
5And Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who smote Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his stead:
6And the name of his city was Avith.
7And Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his stead.
8And Samlah died, and Saul of Rehoboth by the river reigned in his stead.
9And Saul died, and Baalhanan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead.
10And Baalhanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Pau;
11And his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab.
Part 45 - Joseph enslaved[edit | edit source]
1Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren;
2And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.
3Now 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 colours.
4And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
5And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
6And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:
7For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright;
8And, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.
9And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us?
10And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
11And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more;
12And, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
13And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him,
14What is this dream that thou hast dreamed?
15Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
16And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.
17And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.
18And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them.
19And he said to him, Here am I.
20And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again.
21So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
22And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?
23And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.
24And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan.
25And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.
26And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
27And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
28Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit,
29And we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
30And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.
31And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him;
32That he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
33And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren,
34That they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
35And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
36And as they sat down to eat bread:they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold,
37A company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
38And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
39Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh.
40And his brethren were content.
41There passed by some Midianite merchantmen; and they drew and lifted Joseph up out of the pit,
42And sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
43And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
44And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not there; and I, whither shall I go?
45And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
46And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father;
47And said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son's coat or no.
48And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.
49And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.
50And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted;
51And he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.
52And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.
Part 46 - Judah and Tamar[edit | edit source]
1And 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.
2And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her.
3And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er.
4And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan.
5And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him.
6And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar.
7And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.
8And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
9And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife,
10That he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.
11And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.
12Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown:
13For he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.
14And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah's wife died;
15And Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.
16And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.
17And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself,
18And sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath;
19For she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.
20When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.
21And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee;
22(For he knew not that she was his daughter in law.)
23And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?
24And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it?
25And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand.
26And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.
27And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.
28And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman's hand: but he found her not.
29Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the harlot, that was openly by the way side?
30And they said, There was no harlot in this place.
31And he returned to Judah, and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the place said, that there was no harlot in this place.
32And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.
33And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah,
34Saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom.
35And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.
36When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child:
37And she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.
38And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I;
39Because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.
40And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.
41And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand:
42And the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.
43And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out:
44And she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.
45And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.
Part 47 - Potiphar's wife[edit | edit source]
1And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard,
2An Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.
3And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
4And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
5And 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.
6And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had,
7That the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake;
8And the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
9And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat.
10And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.
11And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
12But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house,
13And he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; there is none greater in this house than I;
14Neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife:
15How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
16And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
17And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business;
18And there was none of the men of the house there within.
19And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
20And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
21That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us;
22He came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
23And 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 him out.
24And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home. And she spake unto him according to these words, saying,
25The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
26And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
27And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him,
28Saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.
29And 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.
30But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
31And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison;
32And whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
33The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand;
34Because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.
Part 48 - The servant and the baker[edit | edit source]
1And it came to pass after these things, that the chief servant of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.
2And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the servants, and against the chief of the bakers.
3And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.
4And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.
5And they dreamt a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream,
6The servant and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.
7And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad.
8And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?
9And they said unto him, We have dreamt a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.
10And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.
11And the chief servant told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;
12And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded,
13And her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:
14And 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.
15And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days:
16Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place:
17And thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his servant.
18But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me,
19And make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:
20For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews:
21And here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.
22When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good,
23He said unto Joseph, I also dreamed, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:
24And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh;
25And the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.
26And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:
27Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree;
28And the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.
29And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants:
30And he lifted up the head of the chief servant and of the chief baker among his servants.
31And he restored the chief servant unto his servantship again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand:
32But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.
33Yet the chief servant did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
Part 49 - Pharaoh's dreams[edit | edit source]
1And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.
2And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow.
3And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and leanfleshed;
4And stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river.
5And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.
6And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.
7And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them.
8And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.
9And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled;
10And he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof:
11And Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.
12Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:
13Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker:
14And we dreamt a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream.
15And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard;
16And we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret.
17And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.
18Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon:
19And he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.
20And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it:
21And I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.
22And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.
23And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river:
24And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:
25And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and leanfleshed,
26Such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness:
27And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine:
28And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favoured, as at the beginning.
29So I awoke. And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good:
30And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them:
31And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me.
32And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.
33The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.
34And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years;
35And the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine.
36This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh.
37Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:
38And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt;
39And the famine shall consume the land;
40And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.
41And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice;
42It is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.
43Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
44Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land,
45And take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.
46And let them gather all the food of those good years that come,
47And lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.
48And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt;
49That the land perish not through the famine.
50And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
51And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?
52And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:
53Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
54And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
55And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand,
56And arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
57And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had;
58And they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
59And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
60And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On.
61And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.
62And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.
63And 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:
64The food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same.
65And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.
66And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came,
67Which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.
68And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house.
69And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.
70And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.
71And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said:
72And the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
73And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread:
74And Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.
75And the famine was over all the face of the earth:
76And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.
77And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.
Part 50 - Joseph and his brothers[edit | edit source]
1Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?
2And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.
3And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.
4But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him.
5And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
6And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land:
7And Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.
8And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them;
9And he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.
10And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
11And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them,
12And said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.
13And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come.
14We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.
15And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.
16And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan;
17And, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.
18And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies:
19Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.
20Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison,
21That your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies.
23And he put them all together into ward three days.
24And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:
25If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:
26But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.
27And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother,
28In that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.
29And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear?
30Therefore, behold, also his blood is required.
31And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.
32And he turned himself about from them, and wept;
33And returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.
34Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack,
35And to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them.
36And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.
37And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth.
38And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack:
39And their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?
40And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying,
41The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.
42And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:
43We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.
44And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men;
45Leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone:
46And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men:
47So will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land.
48And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack:
49And when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.
50And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children:
51Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.
52And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee:
53Deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again.
54And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone:
55If mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
56And the famine was sore in the land.
57And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt,
58Their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food.
59And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us,
60Saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
61If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:
62But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
63And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?
64And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother?
65And we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down?
66And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go;
67That we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones.
68I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him:
69If I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:
70For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.
71And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this;
72Take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present,
73A little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:
74And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand;
75Peradventure it was an oversight: Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:
76And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin.
77If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.
78And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin;
79And rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.
80And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready;
81For these men shall dine with me at noon.
82And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph's house.
83And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's house;
84And they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in;
85That he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses.
86And they came near to the of Joseph's house, and they communed with him at the door of the house,
87And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:
88And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks,
89And, behold, every man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight:
90And we have brought it again in our hand.
91And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.
92And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks:
93I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them.
94And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses provender.
95And they made ready the present against Joseph came at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.
96And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house,
97And bowed themselves to him to the earth.
98And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive?
99And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.
100And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son,
101And said, Is this your younger brother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son.
102And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother:
103And he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.
104And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, Set on bread.
105And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves:
106Because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
107And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth:
108And the men marvelled one at another.
109And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin's mess was five times so much as any of theirs.
110And they drank, and were merry with him.
111And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry,
112And put every man's money in his sack's mouth.
113And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money.
114And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken.
115As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses.
116And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men;
117And when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good?
118Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.
119And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words.
120And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing:
121Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan:
122How then should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold?
123With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen.
124And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless.
125Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack.
126And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
127Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city.
128And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.
129And Joseph said unto them, What deed is this that ye have done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?
130And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves?
131God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord's servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found.
132And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant;
133And as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.
134Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears,
135And let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art even as Pharaoh.
136My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother?
137And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one;
138And his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.
139And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him.
140And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die.
141And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more.
142And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.
143And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food.
144And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down:
145For we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother be with us.
146And thy servant my father said unto us, Ye know that my wife bare me two sons:
147And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since:
148And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
149Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life;
150It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die:
151And thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave.
152For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father,
153Saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.
154Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren.
155For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father.
156Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me.
157And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.
158And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.
159And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live?
160And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.
161And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near.
162And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.
163Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
164For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.
165And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
166So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God:
167And he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
168Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph,
169God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:
170And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me,
171Thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:
172And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.
173And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.
174And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither.
175And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
176Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.
177And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.
178And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;
179And take your father and your households, and come unto me:
180And I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.
181Now thou art commanded, this do ye;
182Take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.
183Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours.
184And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh,
185And gave them provision for the way. To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment;
186But to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment.
187And to his father he sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt,
188And ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way.
189So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.
190And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father,
191And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt.
192And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not.
193And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them:
194And when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:
195And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.
Part 51 - Israel's migration to Egypt[edit | edit source]
1And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.
2And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.
3And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:
4I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.
5And Jacob rose up from Beersheba:
6And 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.
7And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.
8And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him;
9And he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.
10And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive.
11And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh,
12And say unto him, My brethren, and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;
13And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle;
14And they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.
15And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation?
16That ye shall say, Thy servants' trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers:
17That ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
18Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have,
19Are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen.
20And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.
21And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation?
22And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers.
23They said moreover unto Pharaoh, For to sojourn in the land are we come; for thy servants have no pasture for their flocks;
24For the famine is sore in the land of Canaan: now therefore, we pray thee, let thy servants dwell in the land of Goshen.
25And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee:
26The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell:
27And if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.
28And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
29And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?
30And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years:
31Few and evil have the days of the years of my life been,
32And have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.
33And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
34And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt,
35In the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.
36And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to their families.
37And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore,
38So that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.
39And 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:
40And Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.
41And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph,
42And said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.
43And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail. And they brought their cattle unto Joseph:
44And Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses:
45And he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.
46When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year,
47And said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent;
48My lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands:
49Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land?
50Buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh:
51And give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
52And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh;
53For the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh's.
54And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.
55Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh,
56And did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.
57Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh:
58Lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.
59And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh,
60And four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.
61And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants.
62And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part;
63Except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.
64And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen;
65And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph,
66And said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh,
67And deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt:
68But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their buryingplace.
69And he said, I will do as thou hast said.
70And he said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed's head.
Part 52 - Ephraim's pre-eminence[edit | edit source]
1And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick:
2And he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
3And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
4And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these?
5And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place.
6And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.
7Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see.
8And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them.
9And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.
10And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
11And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand,
12And Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near unto him.
13And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger,
14And his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
15And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk,
16The God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
17The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads;
18And let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
19And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
20And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him:
21And he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head.
22And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.
23And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great:
24But truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
25And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh:
26And he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
27And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.
28Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.
Part 53 - The blessing of Jacob[edit | edit source]
1And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.
2Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.
3Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:
4Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.
5Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.
6O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united:
7For in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.
8Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
9Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies;
10Thy father's children shall bow down before thee.
11Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up:
12He stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
13The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come;
14And unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
15Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine;
16He washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:
17His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
18Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.
19Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:
20And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant;
21And bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.
22Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
23Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.
24I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.
25Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.
26Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
27Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.
28Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:
29The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:
30But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob;
31(from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)
32Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty,
33Who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
34The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills:
35They shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
36Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.
Part 54 - The burial of Jacob[edit | edit source]
1And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.
2And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel.
3And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed:
4And the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.
5And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh,
6Saying, If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,
7My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me.
8Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again.
9And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear. And Joseph went up to bury his father:
10And with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,
11And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house:
12Only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen.
13And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company.
14And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation:
15And he made a mourning for his father seven days.
16And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad,
17They said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim, which is beyond Jordan.
18And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.
Part 55 - The death of the generation of Joseph[edit | edit source]
1And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead,
2They said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
3And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,
4So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil:
5And now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
6And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.
7And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
8But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
9Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
10And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years.
11And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation:
12The children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's knees.
13And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die:
14And God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
15And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.
16So Joseph died, being a hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put into a coffin in Egypt.
17And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.
Part 56 - The baby in the reeds[edit | edit source]
1Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
2And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
3Come, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass,
4That, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
5Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens.
6And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
7But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.
8And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:
9And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools;
10If it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.
11But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
12And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?
13And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women;
14For they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.
15Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.
16And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.
17And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.
18And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.
19And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
20And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch,
21And put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.
22And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
23And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side;
24And when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
25And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept.
26And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.
27Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
28And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother.
29And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages.
30And the women took the child, and nursed it.
31And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son.
32And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
Part 57 - The exile of Moses[edit | edit source]
1And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens:
2And he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.
3And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
4And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together:
5And he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?
6And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian?
7And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.
8Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses.
9But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
10Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
11And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
12And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day?
13And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.
14And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread.
15And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.
16And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.
17And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died:
Part 58 - The burning bush[edit | edit source]
1Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian:
2And he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
3And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush:
4And he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
5And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
6And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses.
7And he said, Here I am.
8And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
9Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham and the God of Jacob.
10And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
11And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt,
12And have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
13And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians,
14And to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey;
15Unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
16Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me:
17And I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
18Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
19And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
20And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee:
21When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
22And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel,
23And shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you;
24And they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
25And God said unto Moses, I AM WHAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
26And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,
27The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Jacob, hath sent me unto you:
28This is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
29Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them,
30The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Jacob, appeared unto me,
31Saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:
32And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites,
33And the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.)
34And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt,
35And ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us:
36And now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.
37And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.
38And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.
39And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty.
40But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:
41And ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.
Part 59 - The signs of Moses[edit | edit source]
1And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice:
2For they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.
3And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
4And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
5And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail.
6And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:
7That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers,
8The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
9And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom.
10And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.
11And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again.
12And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.
13And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee,
14Neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
15And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice,
16That thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land:
17And the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.
18And Moses said unto the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant:
19But I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
20And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth?
21Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
22Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
23And he said, O my LORD, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.
24And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother?
25I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.
26And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth:
27And I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.
28And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth,
29And thou shalt be to him instead of God.
30And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.
31And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law,
32And said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive.
33And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.
34And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life.
35And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt:
36And Moses took the rod of God in his hand.
37And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt,
38See that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand:
39And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:
40And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me:
41And if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.
42And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.
43Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet,
44And said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.
45So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.
46And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.
47And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him.
48And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him.
49And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:
50And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.
51And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel,
52And that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.
Part 60 - Bricks without straw[edit | edit source]
1And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel,
2Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.
3And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.
4And so they said unto the king of Egypt, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us:
5Let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God;
6Lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.
7And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens.
8And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.
9And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,
10Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.
11And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them;
12Ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.
13Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.
14And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.
15Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not ought of your work shall be diminished.
16So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.
17And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.
18And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten,
19And demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as heretofore?
20Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?
21There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick:
22And, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.
23But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD.
24Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.
25And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case,
26After it was said, Ye shall not minish ought from your bricks of your daily task.
27And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh:
28And they said unto them, The LORD look upon you, and judge;
29Because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.
30And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, LORD, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me?
31For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.
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