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ONE night, while little Joseph, the son of Jacob, was asleep,
GOD sent him a wonderful dream. He thought he saw
the sun, moon, and stars bow down to him. Once before he
had dreamed that he and his brothers were in the harvest field,
binding sheaves of golden corn, and that their sheaves bowed
down to his sheaf. His brethren hated him because of his
dreams; and they said, Shalt thou reign over us ?" His
father also reproved him for telling these visions; but, as you will
see, they came true. All dreams do not come true; only those
which GOD sends to men.
Josepfh in the Pit.
JOSEPH'S brothers were jealous of him, because their
father loved him best, and gave him more than he gave to
them. One day when Joseph came to them in the field, bringing
a kind message from their father, they said, Behold, this
dreamer cometh ; let us kill him, and see what will become of
his dreams." But Reuben, the eldest brother, would not let
them; he said, Do not kill him, but put him into this deep, dry
pit in the wilderness." So they took off Joseph's pretty coat,
and, in spite of his tears and entreaties, they put him down into
the dark, dismal pit, to die there.
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'Yosekh Sold to the Merchants by his Brethren.
R EUBEN did not mean to leave his brother to die in the
pit; he meant to come back and take Joseph out when
they were all gone. But while he was away, the brothers saw
some camels coming, laden with spice and myrrh; and Judah said,
" Let us not leave our brother to die, but let us sell him to these
merchants who are coming." And his brethren listened to this
advice, and drew Joseph up out of the pit, and sold him to the
travelling merchants for twenty pieces of silver, and the Ish-
maelites took him down into Egypt, and sold him for a slave.
Yosbfh 's Coal of Many Colours brought to
T HEN the wicked ten brothers took Joseph's pretty coat of
many colours, and dipped it in the blood of a kid. And
they brought it, all blood-stained, to his father Jacob, and said,
"We have found this coat. Is it your son Joseph's ?" And
Jacob said, It is my son's coat-a wild beast has eaten him.
Joseph is without doubt rent to pieces."
And the poor old man cried bitterly and was very miser-
able. Once he had deceived his own father with the skin of a
kid; now his sons deceive him with the blood of one.
Joseph Accused Falsely and sent to Prison.
JOSEPH'S master was captain of the King of Egypt's
guards. He was very kind to his young servant, and finding
him good and honest, trusted him with everything. But Potiphar
had a wicked wife, who wanted to make Joseph deceive his kind
master. When she found that Joseph would not do anything
wrong, because he knew that GOD could always see him, she grew
very angry; and she told her husband that Joseph was very
wicked and ought to be punished. Potiphar believed her, and
sent poor Joseph away to prison. But GOD knew that Joseph
was good; and made the keeper of the prison kind to him.
7osefhk Interfreting the Dreams of the Chief
Butler and Baker in Prison.
THE keeper of the prison let Joseph help him to take care
of the prisoners. Among them were the butler and
baker of King Pharaoh. One morning Joseph found these men
looking very sad, and asked them what was the matter. They
said they had had strange dreams, and were sorry that there was
no one to tell them what they meant. Joseph said that only
GOD could tell what a dream meant, but he wished to hear them.
And when he had heard the dreams, GOD taught him how to
explain them; and just as he said, so it happened. The baker
was hung, and the King restored the butler to his place.
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Joselh Interfreting Pharaoh s Dreams.
B Y-AND-BY Pharaoh had a dream. He thought he saw
i seven fat cows feeding in a meadow, and seven thin cows
came and eat them up; so Pharaoh awoke. And he slept and
j ,dreamed the second time. And he saw in his dream seven thin
'. ears of bad corn eat up seven good ears of corn. He wished
very much to know what his dreams meant; and the chief butler
said, There is a young man in the prison who can tell the
Then the King sent for Joseph; and he said, "The
dreams mean that there will -aeven good harvests, and they will
be followed by seven years whentno corn will grow, and there will
be no bread to eat."
7/ose hl made Ruler over the Land of Egypt.
T HEN King Pharaoh said, If this is to be so, what had
we better do?" And Joseph advised the King to buy
up all the corn, and save it against the time when the harvests
should be bad. And the King told Joseph that he should do so
for him; and he made Joseph ruler over all the land, and put his
ring on his finger, and a gold chain on his neck, and the poor
captive became the greatest man in Egypt next to the King.
And he saved up the corn, and when the bad harvests came he
sold it to the people for King Pharaoh.
Jose/z's Brethren Finding the Money in
T HERE was no corn in Canaan either, and when Jacob
heard that there was wheat to be sold in Egypt, he sent
his ten sons down to buy some. Joseph knew his cruel brothers
but they did not know him, because he was grown a man.
He pretended to be unkind to them, and asked them many
questions, and took Simeon and put him in prison, telling them
that he should not be set free till they brought their brother
Benjamin to him. But he had their sacks filled with corn; and
when they reached home and opened them, they found that the
money they had paid for it was put inside their sacks.
Jose h making himselfKnown to his Brethren.
JACOB did not like to let Benjamin go into Egypt, but at
last they had no bread to eat; and then he was obliged to
send his dear son with his brothers. When Joseph saw
Benjamin, who was his own mother's son, he was so glad that he
cried for joy. Then he told his cruel brothers who he was, and
forgave them; and kissed Benjamin, and made a great feast for
them. And he bade them go home and tell his dear old father
that he was alive, and that he wished him to come to him in
The Meeting of Joseph and his Father.
T HEN the .eleven brothers went back joyfully to their father;
and told old Jacob the good news that Joseph was alive,
and governor of the land of Egypt. And Jacob made haste to
go at once to his beloved son, sending on Judah, to. tell Joseph
by which road he should journey. And Joseph went to meet his
father in the land of Goshen. And when he saw the old man,
he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck, a good while."
And Jacob thanked GoD for letting him see Joseph once
more before he died.
Jacob Brought before Pharaoh.
PHARAOH wished to see the father of his wise servant
Joseph; so Joseph brought Jacob into the presence of
the King. And the aged man blessed the monarch who had
been so good to his lost son. Pharaoh gave the land of Goshen
to Joseph for his family to dwell in; and Jacob was blessed with
the* tender care of his dear son all the rest of his life. Thus
Joseph's dreams were fulfilled. His brethren bowed down to
him; his father depended on his care.
In the story of these brothers we see the truth of the
The wise shall inherit glory; but shame shall be the promotion
of fools (the wicked).-PROV. iii. 35.
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