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1. Mosebog 37:1-36

Josefs drømme

1Jakob slog sig nu ned i Kana’ans land, hvor også hans far havde vandret omkring med sin teltlejr. 2Det følgende er historien om, hvad der siden skete med Jakob og hans familie.

Da Jakobs søn Josef var 17 år gammel, vogtede han tit sin fars får sammen med sine halvbrødre, de sønner, hans far havde fået med Bilha og Zilpa. Josef fortalte ofte sin far, hvad hans ældre brødre foretog sig ude på marken.

3Jakob elskede Josef højere end sine andre sønner, fordi han havde fået ham i sin alderdom. En dag forærede han Josef en fornem lang kjortel i flotte farver. 4Brødrene kunne ikke undgå at lægge mærke til, hvordan deres far forkælede Josef, og derfor hadede de ham og talte aldrig pænt til ham.

5En nat havde Josef en mærkelig drøm, og han fortalte straks sine brødre om den.

6„Nu skal I høre, hvad jeg har drømt!” sagde han. „Jeg drømte, 7at vi var ude på marken for at binde kornet i neg. Mit neg rejste sig op og blev stående, mens jeres neg, der stod rundt om mit, bøjede sig til jorden for det.”

8„Nå, du tror måske, at du skal være herre over os?” sagde hans brødre hånligt. Og på grund af den drøm hadede de ham endnu mere.

9Senere fik Josef endnu en drøm fra Gud, og han fortalte den til sine brødre. „Hør, hvad jeg nu har drømt!” sagde han. „Den her gang bøjede solen og månen og 11 stjerner sig for mig.” 10Den sidste drøm fortalte han også til sin far, men hans far skældte ham ud: „Hvad bilder du dig ind? Skal både jeg og din mor og dine brødre komme og bøje os til jorden for dig?” 11Josefs brødre kunne ikke skjule deres misundelse, men hans far blev ved med at spekulere over, hvad den drøm mon kunne betyde.

Josef bliver solgt som slave

12Kort efter tog Josefs brødre af sted for at vogte deres fars fåreflokke ved Sikem. 13-14Da de havde været borte i nogen tid, sagde Jakob til Josef: „Dine brødre er i Sikem med fårene. Tag derud og se, hvordan det går med dem, og hvordan dyrene har det, og kom så tilbage og fortæl mig det.”

„Det skal jeg nok, far,” svarede Josef.

Så tog han af sted fra lejren i Hebrondalen og kom til Sikem. 15Dér var der en mand, som lagde mærke til, at han gik omkring på sletten.

„Hvem leder du efter?” spurgte manden.

16„Mine brødre og deres får,” svarede Josef. „Har du set noget til dem?”

17„Ja,” sagde manden, „men de er for længst brudt op herfra. Jeg hørte dem sige, at de ville tage til Dotan.” Så fortsatte Josef til Dotan, hvor han ganske rigtigt fandt dem.

18Da Josefs brødre fik øje på ham langt borte, snakkede de indbyrdes om, hvordan de kunne få ham slået ihjel.

19„Se! Der kommer den drømmer!” var der en, der udbrød. 20„Kom, lad os slå ham ihjel,” sagde en anden. „Bagefter kan vi smide liget i en af de udtørrede brønde og sige til far, at han er blevet ædt af et rovdyr. Så er det i hvert fald slut med hans drømmerier!”

21Men Ruben ønskede at redde Josefs liv, så han sagde. „Nej, I må ikke slå ham ihjel. 22Det er nok at smide ham i brønden derhenne på marken. I må ikke gøre ham noget ondt.” Det var nemlig Rubens hensigt senere at tage Josef op af brønden og aflevere ham i god behold til faderen. 23Da Josef nåede hen til brødrene, rev de den fine kjortel af ham 24og kastede ham i den udtørrede brønd. 25Derefter satte de sig ned i græsset for at spise. Pludselig fik de øje på en karavane et stykke borte. Det var ishmaelitter, der fragtede gummi, krydderier og urter fra Gilead til Egypten. 26-27„Se!” sagde Juda til de andre brødre. „Der kommer nogle ishmaelitter. Hvad med at sælge Josef til dem? Det er ikke så godt at slå ham ihjel, for så skal vi til at skjule drabet bagefter. Han er trods alt vores bror.” Det forslag syntes de godt om, 28så da de midjanitiske37,28 Midjanitterne boede på Sinaihalvøen og nedstammede fra Abrahams søn, Midjan, jf. 1.Mos. 25,2. De havde meget samarbejde med ishmaelitterne, som jo nedstammede fra Abrahams anden søn, Ishmael. Begge grupper havde nære forbindelser til Egypten. Enten bestod denne karavane af to grupper af mennesker, måske med midjanitterne som købmænd og ishmaelitterne som karavaneførere, eller også er der tale om en gruppe ishmaelitter, der havde bosat sig i Midjan. handelsmænd kom forbi, trak brødrene Josef op af brønden og solgte ham for 20 sølvstykker, hvorefter ishmaelitterne tog ham med til Egypten.

29Ruben havde ikke været til stede, dengang brødrene solgte Josef, så da han kom hen til brønden, var Josef forsvundet. Da blev Ruben så fortvivlet, at han rev sit tøj i stykker. Han løb tilbage til brødrene 30og råbte: „Drengen er væk! Hvad i alverden skal jeg nu stille op?”

31Så slagtede brødrene en ged, kom noget af gedens blod på Josefs kjortel 32og bragte den smukke kjortel til deres far for at lade ham identificere den. „Vi fandt den på marken,” forklarede de. „Er det ikke Josefs kjortel?”

33Jakob genkendte den øjeblikkelig og hulkede: „Jo, det er min søns kjortel! Der er ingen tvivl: Han er blevet flået ihjel og ædt af et vildt dyr!” 34Straks rev Jakob af sorg sit tøj i stykker og klædte sig i sækkelærred, og således sørgede han over sin søn i mange dage. 35Alle hans sønner og døtre gjorde, hvad de kunne for at trøste ham, men det var ingen nytte til. „Lad mig dø af sorg og komme ned i dødsriget til min søn!” udbrød han og brast i gråd.

36I mellemtiden var de midjanitiske købmænd kommet til Egypten, hvor de solgte Josef til Potifar, som var en højtstående embedsmand ved kong Faraos hof og øverstbefalende for livvagten.

King James Version

Genesis 37:1-36

1And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.37.1 wherein…: Heb. of his father’s sojournings 2These are the generations of Jacob. 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, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. 3Now 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.37.3 colours: or, pieces 4And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

5¶ And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. 6And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 7For, 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. 8And 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.

9¶ 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. 10And 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? 11And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

12¶ And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem. 13And 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. 14And 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.37.14 see…: Heb. see the peace of thy brethren, etc.

15¶ And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? 16And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks. 17And 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. 18And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. 19And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.37.19 dreamer: Heb. master of dreams 20Come 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. 21And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him. 22And 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.

23¶ 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;37.23 colours: or, pieces 24And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. 25And 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. 26And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? 27Come, 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.37.27 were…: Heb. hearkened 28Then 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.

29¶ And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes. 30And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?

31And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood; 32And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no. 33And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces. 34And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. 35And 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. 36And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard.37.36 officer: Heb. eunuch: but the word doth signify not only eunuchs, but also chamberlains, courtiers, and officers37.36 captain…: or, chief marshal: Heb. chief of the slaughter men, or executioners