Genesis Chapter 37

Genesis 37

1And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.

2These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their 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; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

8And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.

9And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

10And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

11And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

12And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem.

13And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.

14And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

15And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

16And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

17And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

18And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

19And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.

20Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

21And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

22And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.

23And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;

24And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

25And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.

26And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?

27Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.

28Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

29And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

30And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?

31And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;

32And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.

33And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.

34And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.

35And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.

36And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard.

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16 thoughts on “Genesis Chapter 37

  1. Vs 11 Jacob, like his sons did not appreciate what Joseph had to day about his dreams. However, Jacob “observed” them. This must mean that he pondered on them and contemplated their meaning. We should not take lightly prophecies that we hear. We should think, study and pray about them to determine their relevance to our lives. We should not “hate” the messenger, but thank him for his obedience to the voice of God.

  2. 25And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.

    Being sold to the enemy. Today we came look and see the blessing that Joseph will be in the next couple of chapters, yet Joseph did not know of what was to become of him. Maybe in our own lives we have been sold out to the enemy and you ask God why did you allow this to happen to me? Let me remind you that Joseph saved a nation. Gods’ will in our lives is so important. Take your hands off and allow God to be able to use you in the way He can use you.

  3. MISINFORMED PERCEPTION

    35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.

    There are so many subjects in this particular chapter, possibly the most frequent to our day is the one of MISINFORMED PERCEPTION.

    The fact is that Joseph’s brothers did not know what happened to him, so they made up this story to cover their own wrong doing. There seems to be a desire to put dreamers in a pit because they make is uncomfortable.

    Jacobs sons deceitful actions led to his own deceived perception about what happened to Joseph. Instead of seeking GOD Jacob mourned so deeply that he “refused to be comforted”.

    Jacob would not be encouraged; he refused help. We must be sure to seek all of the facts and understand that the dishonesty of others, even those close to us, even our own family members can potentially cause a MISINFORMED PERCEPTION.

  4. 3 strikes, your outta here..

    #1 In the eyes of his brothers… Joseph is the tattle tail, and favored of daddy Israel (Gen 37:2) though scripture doesn’t say what the brothers “evil deeds” where exactly, we can see that it in Israel’s eyes it was a good deed, because he rewards Joseph a colorful coat. But this is just a puzzle piece to the big picture.

    #2 My thinking is why would Joseph tell his brothers about his dream?
    1 The dream didn’t lift them up, it was actually against them
    2 They despised him because he was Jacob’s fav, and surely he knew it
    But he did it anyways. This was of course pushing the buttons, creating the atmosphere for God’s will to sink in.

    #3 As if that wasn’t enough he gets a second dream. This time he tells Jacob. I can see why, (my brothers didn’t take me seriously, I know dads got to listen.) He does, he’s a bit sceptical, but he takes it to light.
    It is good for Jacob to take Joseph’s dream to heart, for he has proven to be a reliable source: with his record of honesty. So it looks like the game plan is to wait until something happens in regard to the dreams.

    For the brothers it was the last straw. Surely Jacob knows that his brothers don’t like his son Joseph for being his fav ..but he drops him off with the brothers anyways to feed the sheep. Gen (37:13) Wrong place, wrong time? maybe..or maybe not. For the boys decide lets kill him, but we’ll through him in the pit for now until we finish tour lunch… BUT JUDAH says lets not kill him, lets just sell him, saving Joseph’s life. We are actually seeing the dream come together here, but not so nicely. This is actually God’s will, sometimes we leave our comfort zone to accomplish what God has already planned out for us. No worries, because God is along for the ride with us, just like he is for Joseph, this is what happens when you are working in the Lords will.

  5. In reading this chapter, I was thinking about what pastor preached yesterday. In verse 3 he was Israel, but when he got bad news in verse 34 he went back to being Jacob. How many times when trials come do we go back to being Jacob? It’s not our intention, but we allow the problems of life to pull us back to where we have come from.

  6. Richly Ornamented From The Palms To The Soles!

    The coat of many colors which Israel gave his son was such a loud, colorful statement in and of itself that Joseph didn’t have to say anything to be hated. His other brothers, based on the way of living and culture of that time, probably had coats as well… theirs were probably just functional though, not full length, only to the knees. Their coats were probably bulky, dull, many pockets for carrying items from the field. Joseph’s coat looked more like what wealthy people of that time wore, not many pockets, a little more fitted, and for Joseph’s brothers a symbol of favor from their Father. Then, Joseph in his coat of many colors, or richly ornamented coat, he tells them his dream and how they were going to bow to him. It seems a little proud of Joseph, it wasn’t fair to his other brothers… in fact it wasn’t fair at all it was just FAVOR!!! Favor from God and from Joseph’s daddy.

  7. 22And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
    29And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

    30And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?

    Reuben must have had a hard time dealing with the fact that Joseph was now sold into slavery. He wanted to be the hero, rescuing Joseph from the pit when the others had left.

    Yet the divine hand of God intervened and Joseph was whisked away onto the path that would lead to his ultimate destiny, and literal dream come true.

    What did Reuben think?

    I’m too late! Why didn’t I fight harder?

    Yet we know his regret turned into revelation further down the road.

    Reuben may not have known it but God used him to spare Josephs life, furthering the purpose of God.

    We have bitter experiences too, but God is still in control, and if we hold on, we will see that all things really do work out.

  8. 11And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

    Joe’s father may not have cared for what he had to say, but Jacob knew that it wasn’t his place to tell God what to do, either. Joseph made his brothers very angry telling them that they were going to bow to him, but unlike thier dad they had not been taught (through an all night wrestleing match) the same reverance for the word of God.

    Growing up I was always taught that when someone gives a prophetic word or any other word from God, to put that word on the shelf and watch. If it were true, it will come to pass, if not, then that person missed it. Unfortunately there is no secret time clock that tells us when that word should be pulled off the shelf , (as the expiration date on the back of your bottle of ranch dessing).

  9. ” He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out
    of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock”
    Psalms 40:2
    GOD is our strength , deliverer, and our hope.
    We can do nothing without HIM. We need
    His Mercy.

  10. When reading this chapter today I saw Josephs predicament as a foreshadow of things to come. Joseph had his fathers favor (v3) and after being sold he has potiphars, he brought to his father the brothers evil report (v2) and was later put over potiphars household, his death was a lie (v 32) as well as potiphars wife accusing him of attempted adultery, he was thrown in a pit (v24) and later prison both very low points in life.
    sometimes God let’s us go through things in life to test us and see how we will handle things, to see if He can trust us with the bigger picture. Though Josephs situation may have been overwhelming and crazy at the time, he didn’t lose sight of God. So when the bigger tests came he overcame and became 2nd only to pharaoh in all Egypt! And saving his family, a chosen people, from death.

  11. As I was reading the chapter, I was thinking of how the Lord shines his favor on us, much like the coat of many colors, for we can be identified to the world by what we wear, spiritually and physically. I want to put on the whole armor of God and my garment of praise so that the world may see Jesus in me!

  12. This chapter speaks of jealousy. We ought to be careful and be thankful for what we have, Joseph’s brothers jealousy tore them up, and not him (Joseph). We need to be mature enough to let it go or to give it to God and not dwell on such things, for we will be the ones that lose in the end. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  13. Sometimes the things that God allows us to see, are for us to ponder and pray about. If Joseph had kept his dreams to himself, knowing what was going to happen, the wrath from his brothers would not have been kindled against him. Learning what to say and when to say it is a very important part of maturing in Jesus. Not everything is for everyone to know.

  14. 9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

    11-13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master,cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.

    14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

    17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.” MSG

    If only Joseph’s brothers could have lived by this scripture.

  15. Envy will cause you to think evil and do evil. This is why it is important that we love everybody because you never know how far sin will take you.y

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