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of many colors that was on him; and they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty, there was no water in it. And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and behold, a company of Ishmaelites came from Gilead with their camels, bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. And Judah said unto his brethren, "What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother 10 and our flesh." And his brethren were content, and they lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
And Reuben returned unto the pit; and behold, Joseph 15 was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes. And he returned unto his brethren, and said, "The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?" And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood. And they brought the coat of many colors 20 to their father; and said, "This have we found: know now whether it be thy son's coat or no." And he knew it, and said, "It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces." And Jacob rent his clothes, and mourned for his son many 25 days. And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted: and he
said, "I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning." Thus his father wept for him. And the Ishmaelites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.
And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a pros- 5 perous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, 10 and all that he had he put in his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in 15 the field.
Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, "I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it." And 20 Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, "It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace." And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, "In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river: and behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fat-fleshed and well-favored; and 25 they fed in a meadow. And behold seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill-favored and lean
fleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness. And the lean and the ill-favored kine did eat up the first seven fat kine. And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them but they were still ill-favored, as at the beginning. So I awoke. And I saw in my dream, and behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good. And behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them. And the thin ears. 10 devoured the seven good ears; and I told this unto the magicians, but there was none that could declare it to me."
And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, "God hath shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. Behold, there come 15 seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt. And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land. Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and 20 wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hands of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in 25 the cities. And that food shall be for a store to the land against the seven years of famine."
-THE BIBLE: Genesis xxxvii, xxxix, and xli.
breth'ren, an old word for brothers; o bei'sance, a deep bow made to a superior; con spired', plotted; myrrh, a sweet-smelling gum; rent, tore; well-fa'vored, good-looking; in ter'pret, explain; kine, an old word for cows; corn, grain of any kind.
1. Find Palestine on your maps. Canaan was that part of Palestine that lay between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. What direction is this from Egypt and about how far? 2. To what nation did Jacob belong? 3. Tell Joseph's dreams in your own. words. 4. How did his brothers receive his dreams? 5. How did Joseph win the confidence of Pharaoh ? 6. Tell Pharaoh's dream in your own words. How did Joseph interpret it? 7. What are magicians? Why did Pharaoh go to them to have his dream interpreted? 8. What advice did Joseph give Pharaoh in regard to the expected famine?
Sentence Study.—Make sentences, using the following as
1. Joseph great famine ship
great round sun
Make sentences, using the following as predicates:1. mourned for his son. 2. many colors. 3. cast him into a pit. some merchants. 5. flows swiftly. side. 7. sank beneath the waves.
stood on the mountain top. 10.
8. A brave knight
3. The shepherds 4. A 6. I. 7. The good 9. The bluebird 10. The
made Joseph a coat of sold him to grew by the wayis coming soon. demanded a surrender.
JOSEPH AND HIS BRETHREN (Continued)
AND the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, "Thou shalt be over my house, and according