Week 4  Day 1

A new generation emerges.

It's easy enough to understand what is going on here
      a bragging, favorite child
      who can get away with
      just about anything

      jealous siblings
      who have just about
      had enough

Together the brothers are brave to do wrong
Joseph can do nothing to save himself.

                                        Ten against one.
                                             Genesis 37

    2Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock
with his brothers.  The lad was with the sons of Bilhah and
the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph brought a
bad report of them to his father.
    3 Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because
was the son of his old age.  Also he made Joseph a tunic
of many colors.  4When his brothers saw that their father
loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and
could not speak peaceably to him.
    5Now Joseph had a dream and told it to his brothers; and
they hated him even more.  6He said, "Please hear this dream
I have dreamed:  7There we were, binding sheaves in the field.
Then behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright; and indeed
your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf."
    13 Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers feeding the
flock in Shechem?  Come, I will send you to them."  18When
they saw him afar off, even before he came near, they
conspired to kill him.  19They said to one another, "Look,
this dreamer is coming!  Come therefore, let us kill him and
cast him into some pit; and we shall say, 'Some wild beast
has devoured him.'  We shall see what will become of his
    21But Reuben heard it, and said, "Let us not kill him.
22Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the
wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him"--that he might
deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his
    23So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his
brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic of many colors. 
hey took him and cast him into a pit.  The pit was empty;
there was
no water in it.  25And they sat down to eat a meal.  
Then they
lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a
company of
Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels,
spices, balm and myrrh, on their way down to Egypt.
    26So Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is there if we
kill our brother and conceal his blood?  27Come and let us
sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him,
for he is our brother and our flesh."  His brothers listened and 
28pulled Joseph up, lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to
the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver.  And they took
Joseph to Egypt. 
                            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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