Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

創世記 37

約瑟的夢

1雅各住在他父親寄居的迦南, 以下是有關雅各一家的記載。

十七歲的少年約瑟跟哥哥們,就是雅各的妾辟拉和悉帕生的兒子們一同放羊。他向父親報告哥哥們做的壞事。 約瑟是以色列年老時生的,以色列特別寵愛他,為他做了一件彩衣。 約瑟的哥哥們見父親偏愛他,就懷恨在心,對他惡言相向。

約瑟做了一個夢,並告訴了哥哥們,他們更恨他了。 約瑟對哥哥們說:「你們聽聽我做的夢—— 我們在田裡捆莊稼,我捆的莊稼站起來,你們捆的莊稼都圍著我捆的莊稼下拜。」 他的哥哥們回答說:「難道你真想做我們的王統治我們嗎?」他們因約瑟的夢和他說的話而更恨他。

後來,約瑟又做了一個夢,他又去對哥哥們說:「你們聽聽我做的另一個夢,我夢見太陽、月亮和十一顆星星都向我下拜。」 10 約瑟把夢告訴了父親和哥哥們,他父親就責備他說:「你做的是什麼夢!難道你的父母弟兄都要來向你俯伏下拜嗎?」 11 約瑟的哥哥們嫉恨他,他父親卻把這些話記在心裡。

12 約瑟的哥哥們到示劍放父親的羊。 13 以色列把約瑟叫來,對他說:「你哥哥們在示劍放羊,我要派你去他們那裡。」約瑟說:「好的。」 14 以色列說:「你去看看你哥哥們以及羊群是否平安,然後回來告訴我。」於是,約瑟就從希伯崙谷出發去示劍。 15 有人見他在田野走迷了路,就問他:「你在找什麼?」 16 約瑟回答說:「我在找我哥哥們,你知道他們在哪裡放羊嗎?」 17 那人說:「他們已經走了,我聽他們說要到多坍去。」約瑟就趕往多坍,在那裡找到了他們。

18 約瑟的哥哥們遠遠看見他走來,趁他還沒有到跟前,就合謀要害死他。 19 他們彼此商量說:「看!做夢的來了。 20 來吧!我們殺了他,把他扔在井裡,就說有野獸把他吃掉了,看他的夢怎麼實現。」 21 呂便聽後想救約瑟的性命,就說:「我們不要害他性命。」 22 他又說:「不要殺人流血,把他扔在這口井裡吧,不要下手害他。」呂便想救約瑟,把他交回給父親。 23 這時候,約瑟來了,他們就脫去他身上的彩衣, 24 把他扔到井裡。當時,那口井是乾的,沒有水。

25 他們坐下來吃飯的時候,看見一隊從基列來的以實瑪利商人用駱駝馱著香料、乳香、沒藥去埃及。 26 猶大對他的眾弟兄說:「我們殺死弟弟、掩蓋罪行有什麼益處呢? 27 不如把他賣給以實瑪利人,不要下手害他,他畢竟是我們的弟弟,我們的骨肉啊!」其他弟兄都贊成他的意見。 28 於是,那些米甸商人經過的時候,他們就把約瑟從井裡拉上來,以二百二十克銀子的價錢把他賣給了以實瑪利人。這些商人把他帶到埃及去了。

29 呂便回到井邊發現約瑟不見了,就傷心地撕裂了身上的衣服, 30 回到弟兄們那裡說:「那少年不見了,我現在怎麼辦?」 31 他們宰了一隻公山羊,把血染在約瑟的彩衣上, 32 拿去給父親,說:「我們撿到這件衣服,你看看是不是你兒子的?」 33 雅各認出那件彩衣,說:「這是我兒子的衣服,一定是野獸把他吃了,約瑟一定被撕碎了!」 34 雅各撕裂自己的衣服,束上麻布,為約瑟哀傷了好幾天。 35 他的兒女都來安慰他,他卻不肯接受他們的安慰,說:「我一定會淒淒慘慘地下到陰間,去我兒子那裡。」約瑟的父親為他哀哭。

36 那些米甸人把約瑟帶到埃及後,把他賣給了法老的內臣——護衛長波提乏。

The Message

Genesis 37

1Meanwhile Jacob had settled down where his father had lived, the land of Canaan.

Joseph and His Brothers

This is the story of Jacob. The story continues with Joseph, seventeen years old at the time, helping out his brothers in herding the flocks. These were his half brothers actually, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. And Joseph brought his father bad reports on them.

3-4 Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons because he was the child of his old age. And he made him an elaborately embroidered coat. When his brothers realized that their father loved him more than them, they grew to hate him—they wouldn’t even speak to him.

5-7 Joseph had a dream. When he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. He said, “Listen to this dream I had. We were all out in the field gathering bundles of wheat. All of a sudden my bundle stood straight up and your bundles circled around it and bowed down to mine.”

His brothers said, “So! You’re going to rule us? You’re going to boss us around?” And they hated him more than ever because of his dreams and the way he talked.

He had another dream and told this one also to his brothers: “I dreamed another dream—the sun and moon and eleven stars bowed down to me!”

10-11 When he told it to his father and brothers, his father reprimanded him: “What’s with all this dreaming? Am I and your mother and your brothers all supposed to bow down to you?” Now his brothers were really jealous; but his father brooded over the whole business.

12-13 His brothers had gone off to Shechem where they were pasturing their father’s flocks. Israel said to Joseph, “Your brothers are with flocks in Shechem. Come, I want to send you to them.”

Joseph said, “I’m ready.”

14 He said, “Go and see how your brothers and the flocks are doing and bring me back a report.” He sent him off from the valley of Hebron to Shechem.

15 A man met him as he was wandering through the fields and asked him, “What are you looking for?”

16 “I’m trying to find my brothers. Do you have any idea where they are grazing their flocks?”

17 The man said, “They’ve left here, but I overheard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’” So Joseph took off, tracked his brothers down, and found them in Dothan.

18-20 They spotted him off in the distance. By the time he got to them they had cooked up a plot to kill him. The brothers were saying, “Here comes that dreamer. Let’s kill him and throw him into one of these old cisterns; we can say that a vicious animal ate him up. We’ll see what his dreams amount to.”

21-22 Reuben heard the brothers talking and intervened to save him, “We’re not going to kill him. No murder. Go ahead and throw him in this cistern out here in the wild, but don’t hurt him.” Reuben planned to go back later and get him out and take him back to his father.

23-24 When Joseph reached his brothers, they ripped off the fancy coat he was wearing, grabbed him, and threw him into a cistern. The cistern was dry; there wasn’t any water in it.

25-27 Then they sat down to eat their supper. Looking up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites on their way from Gilead, their camels loaded with spices, ointments, and perfumes to sell in Egypt. Judah said, “Brothers, what are we going to get out of killing our brother and concealing the evidence? Let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites, but let’s not kill him—he is, after all, our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.

28 By that time the Midianite traders were passing by. His brothers pulled Joseph out of the cistern and sold him for twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites who took Joseph with them down to Egypt.

29-30 Later Reuben came back and went to the cistern—no Joseph! He ripped his clothes in despair. Beside himself, he went to his brothers. “The boy’s gone! What am I going to do!”

31-32 They took Joseph’s coat, butchered a goat, and dipped the coat in the blood. They took the fancy coat back to their father and said, “We found this. Look it over—do you think this is your son’s coat?”

33 He recognized it at once. “My son’s coat—a wild animal has eaten him. Joseph torn limb from limb!”

34-35 Jacob tore his clothes in grief, dressed in rough burlap, and mourned his son a long, long time. His sons and daughters tried to comfort him but he refused their comfort. “I’ll go to the grave mourning my son.” Oh, how his father wept for him.

36 In Egypt the Midianites sold Joseph to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, manager of his household affairs.