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What was meant by the dream?

4. That Joseph's brethren should bow down before him.

What did Joseph's brethren say to him, so as to make it appear that they understood the dream? What was Joseph's second dream?

Who were meant by the sun, moon, and stars?

A. Joseph's father, mother, and brethren.

What did his father do and say to him?

Did his brethren envy him?


A. Because they thereby thought he would become greater than themselves.

But what did his father do?

Why did he do so?

A. Because he thought there was something remarkable in it.

After this where did Jo

seph's brethren go?

What did their father say to Joseph ?

Out of what place did he send him?

Whither did he come? Who found him walking in the fields?

What did the man ask him?

What was his reply ? What answer did the man make?

deed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have power over us? and they hated him for his dreams and for his words. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, I have dreamed a dream more, and behold the sun and the moon and the stars bowed to me; and he told it to his father, and to his brethren; and his father chid him, and said, shall I and thy mother, and thy brethren, indeed come to bow down before thee to the earth? and his brethren did envy him; but his father kept his saying in his heart. And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. And his father said unto Joseph, "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 walking 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 gone hence, for I heard them say, "let us go to Dothan." And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

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Where did he find them? What did they do when they saw him afar off? What do you mean by "conspiring ?"

A. Agreeing together for some bad purpose.

What do we see in Joseph's brethren thus agreeing together to slay him?

A. The sad effects of anger and hatred.

To what did they lead in the present instance ?

A. They led Joseph's brethren to think even of murdering him.

What did Joseph's brethren say to each other? What did Reuben say? Why did he make this proposal?

What did this conduct in Reuben show?

A. That he had more brotherly regard for Joseph than the rest had.

What did they do in consequence of this advice? Into what place did they

cast him?

In the mean time who came by?

To what place were they going?

What had they with him? What did Judah then say to his brethren ?

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And when they saw him afar off, they did conspire against him, to slay him. And they

said to each other, "behold this dreamer cometh: come now therefore, and let us kill him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say some evil beast has killed him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams." And Reuben heard it, and said unto them, "shed no blood, but cast him into this pit, and lay no hand upon him," that he might rid him out of their hands, to restore him to his father again. And it came to pass when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript him of his coat of many colours that was on him; and they took and cast him into a pit, and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. And behold in the meantime, a number of merchants were going down into Egypt with their camels laden with spices. 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 unto these men." And his brethren were content and they drew up Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the merchants for twenty pieces of silver: and they took him into Egypt. And Joseph's.

How did they receive this proposal?

What did they do with Joseph ?

To whom did they sell him?

For how much?

Where did the merchants take him?

What artful trick were they guilty of, to conceal what they had done from their father?

What did they then do with the coat?

And what did their father

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What happened to Joseph some time after his arrival in Egypt?

brethren took his coat and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood. And they brought the coat to their father, and he knew it and said, "It is my son's coat: an evil beast has slain him; Joseph is without doubt rent in And Jacob rent

pieces." his clothes, and mourned for his son many days.

Joseph and his Brethren.


Some time after Joseph's arrival in Egypt, he was falsely accused and cast into

Into what place was he prison by Potiphar, captain


By whom?

Who was Potiphar?

But who was with Joseph?

of Pharaoh's guard; but the Lord was with him. And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh

What happened at the end of two full years? Who was Pharaoh ? A. The king of Egypt. Whom did Pharaoh call, in consequence of his dreams? Could any one interpret them?

What do you mean by ""interpret ?" A. Explain. Why did he suppose that Joseph could interpret dreams?

A. Because he had interpreted the dreams of the chief butler, and chief baker. Whom did Pharaoh then send for?

What reason did he give why he sent for him in particular?

What answer did Joseph make?

Did Joseph do right or wrong in thus giving God the glory?

What did Joseph then proceed to do?

What do you mean by "the dream is one?"

A. Both dreams mean one and the same thing. What was the explanation of it?

What reason did he give why the dream was repeated unto Pharaoh twice?

What advice did Joseph then give Pharaoh?

How was this advice received by Pharaoh ?


dreamed two dreams to the same effect and he sent and called all the wise men of Egypt, and told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them. Pharaoh having heard of Joseph in prison sent and called him; and said, I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream, to interpret it. And Joseph answered, it is not in me, but God shall give Pharoah an answer of peace. And Pharaoh related unto Joseph his dreams and Joseph said, the dream is one: God hath shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. Behold, there shall come seven years of great plenty, throughout all the land of Egypt; and there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of the famine, for it shall be very grievous. And for that the dream was repeated unto Pharaoh twice, it is because the thing is established by God and God will shortly bring it to pass. Now, therefore, let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt, and let him appoint officers, and take up the fifth part of the produce of the land in the seven plenteous years. The thing

What did he say unto Joseph ?

What do you mean by "discreet ?"

A. Prudent.

Why did Pharaoh appoint Joseph over his house?

A. Because he found the Lord was with him.

What did Pharaoh then do?

Why did Pharaoh put a ring on Joseph's hand?

A. As a token or mark of the high rank to which he was raised.

Was there any other reason?

A. Yes, that he might seal letters in the king's

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pleased Pharaoh, and he said unto Joseph, forasmuch as God hath showed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art; thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled; only in the throne will I be greater than thou. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it on Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck. He also made him to ride in the second chariot which he had, and to be ruler over all the land of Egypt.

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