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of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham. Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east. And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of Laban, his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock. And Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder Leah, and the name of the younger Rachel. And Jacob loved Rachel, and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her. And it came to pass, when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country. And early in the morning, Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and daughters, and blessed them, and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.


History of Jacob and Joseph.


And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh, and the

hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? and he said Jacob. And he said, thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? and he blessed him there. And Jacob called the. name of that place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. 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 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 bim, 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.


History of Jacob and Joseph.


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 Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send thee unto them. And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay 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 they took him and cast him into a pit, and the pit was empty. 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 hands be upon him. Then there passed by Midianites, merchantmen; and they drew and 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 Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, bought him of the hands of the Ishmaelites.


History of Jacob and Joseph.


And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man. And the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath, the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And unto Joseph were born two sons. And Joseph called the name of the first born Manasseh; and the name of the second called he Ephraim. And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do. And Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth. And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? and his brethren could not answer him, for they were troubled at his pre

sence. He kissed all his brethren and wept upon them; and they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father. And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived: and Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die. And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba. And God spake unto Israel, and he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt: for I will there make of thee a great nation.


History of Jacob and Joseph.


And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father. And Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while. And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive. Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob-Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,

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