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And God said unto Jacob


Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there : and make there 'an altar unto GOD, that appeared unto thee when thou

• fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.' Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, 'Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: and let us ' arise, and go up to Beth-el; and I will make there an ' altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my dis

tress, and was with me in the way which I went.' And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears ; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. And 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.

So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Beth-el, he and all the people that were with him. And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el : because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.

But Deborah, Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Beth-el under an oak: and the name of it was called Allon-bachuth.

And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padan-aram, and blessed him. And God said unto him—

Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more • Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name:

And GOD said unto

and He called his name Israel.

'I am GOD ALMIGHTY : be fruitful and multiply; a nation ' and a company of nations shall be of thee; and the land 'which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.'

And God went up from him in the place where He talked with him. And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He talked with him, even a pillar of stone : and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon. And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Beth-el.

And Jacob came unto Isaac his father, unto Mamre, unto the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned. And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years. And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days : and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

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


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 : and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. Now 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. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more

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than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren : and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, 'Hear, I pray you, this dream which I

have dreamed : for, 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.' And 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. And 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.' And 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 ? ' And his brethren envied him ; but his father observed the saying.

And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. And 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.' And 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. And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field : and the man asked him, saying, “What seekest thou ?' And he said, 'I seek my brethren : tell me, I 'pray thee, where they feed their flocks.' And 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.

And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. And they said one to another, “Behold, this dreamer cometh. Come 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.' And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, “Let us not kill him.' And 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.

And 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 ; 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 Ishmeelites 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 Ishmeelites, and let not our ' hand be upon him ; for he is our brother and our flesh.' And his brethren were content. Then 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. And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph 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 sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, 'This have we found : know now whe

ther 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 put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. 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. And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.

And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptiau, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous 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, and all that he had he put into his hands. 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

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