Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 37:1-36

Yosef Daeɛso

1Yosef tenaa Kanaan asase a na nʼagya te so sɛ ɔhɔhoɔ no so.

2Yosef abusua ho asɛm nie:

Ɛberɛ a Yakob ba Yosef dii mfirinhyia dunson no, na ɔne ne nuanom hwɛ wɔn agya Yakob nnwan so. Na ɔyɛ Bilha ne Silpa a wɔyɛ nʼagya yerenom no mmammarima no ɔboafoɔ. Na ɔyɛ obi a nneɛma a ne nuanom no yɛ a ɛnyɛ no, ɔtaa bɛka kyerɛ wɔn agya Yakob.

3Na Israel pɛ ne ba Yosef asɛm sene ne mma a aka no nyinaa, ɛfiri sɛ, ɔwoo no ne nkɔkoraaberɛ mu; ɛno enti, ɔpam batakari bi a ɛyɛ fɛ maa no. 4Ɛberɛ a ne nuanom no hunuu sɛ wɔn agya pɛ nʼasɛm sene wɔn nyinaa no, wɔtan no a na wɔnka abodwosɛm nkyerɛ no.

5Ɛda bi, Yosef soo daeɛ. Ɔkaa daeɛ a ɔsoeɛ no kyerɛɛ ne nuanom mmarima no, wɔtan no kyɛnee kane no mpo. 6Yosef ka kyerɛɛ ne nuanom no sɛ, “Montie daeɛ bi a maso. 7Mesoo daeɛ, na yɛrekyekyere aburoo afiafi wɔ afuom. Ɛberɛ a yɛgu so rekyekyere aburoo no, amonom hɔ ara, me afiafi a makyekyere no sɔre gyinaa ntenten. Mo afiafi a moakyekyere no nso twaa me deɛ no ho hyiaeɛ, kotoo no.”

8Yosef nuanom no bisaa no sɛ, “Enti, wʼadwene ne sɛ wobɛdi yɛn so anaa? Wogye di sɛ, ampa ara, wobɛtumi aka yɛn ahyɛ?” Esiane ne daeɛ a ɔsoeɛ no ne asɛm a ɔkaeɛ no enti, ɛmaa ne nuanom no kyirii no kɔkɔɔkɔ.

9Afei, ɔsane soo daeɛ bio. Ɔkaa daeɛ a ɔsoeɛ no kyerɛɛ ne nuanom no sɛ, “Montie: Maso daeɛ foforɔ bio. Mesoo daeɛ, na owia, ɔsrane ne nsoromma dubaako rekoto me.”

10Saa daeɛ yi deɛ, ɔka kyerɛɛ nʼagya ne ne nuammarimanom no. Nʼagya tee saa daeɛ no, ɔkaa nʼanim sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn daeɛ na woaso yi? Wopɛ sɛ wokyerɛ sɛ ampa ara, wo maame ne me ne wo nuammarimanom no bɛba abɛkoto wo anaa?” 11Yei maa ne nuammarimanom no ani beree no mmorosoɔ. Nanso, nʼagya deɛ, ɔdwenee asɛm no ho kɔɔ akyiri.

Yosef Nuanom Bɔ Ne Ho Pɔ

12Ɛda bi, Yosef nuammarimanom no de wɔn agya nnwan kɔɔ adidi wɔ Sekem. 13Israel ka kyerɛɛ Yosef sɛ, “Sɛdeɛ wonim no, wo nuanom no de mmoa no kɔ adidi wɔ Sekem. Bra, na mensoma wo wɔn nkyɛn.”

Yosef buaa sɛ, “Yoo, agya, mate.”

14Enti, Israel ka kyerɛɛ Yosef sɛ, “Kɔ na kɔhwɛ sɛ wo nuanom ho te sɛn, na nnwan no nso, na sane bɛka biribi kyerɛ me.” Enti, Israel somaa Yosef firii Hebron subɔnhwa no mu.

Ɛberɛ a Yosef duruu Sekem no, 15ɔbarima bi hunuu no sɛ ɔnenam wura no mu. Ɔbarima no bisaa no sɛ, “Worehwehwɛ ɛdeɛn?”

16Yosef buaa no sɛ, “Merehwehwɛ me nuammarima. Mesrɛ wo, wobɛtumi akyerɛ me baabi a wɔde wɔn nnwan no kɔ adidi?”

17Ɔbarima no buaa no sɛ, “Wo nuammarimanom no afiri ha kɔ. Metee sɛ wɔreka sɛ, ‘Momma yɛnkɔ Dotan.’ ”

Enti, Yosef tii ne nuanom no, kɔtoo wɔn wɔ Dotan hɔ. 18Ɛberɛ a Yosef fitiiɛ no, wɔhunuu no wɔ akyirikyiri sɛ ɔreba. Ansa na ɔreduru wɔn nkyɛn no, wɔbɔɔ ne ho pɔ sɛ wɔbɛkum no.

19Wɔkeka kyerɛkyerɛɛ wɔn ho wɔn ho sɛ, “Monhwɛ! Ɔdaeɛsofoɔ no na ɔreba no! 20Mommra seesei ara, na yɛnkum no, na yɛnto no ntwene amena no bi mu, na yɛnkɔka nkyerɛ yɛn agya sɛ, aboa bi akye no awe, na yɛnhwɛ sɛ biribi bɛfiri ne daeɛ ahodoɔ no mu aba anaa.”

21Ruben a ɔyɛ wɔn nua panin tee saa asɛm yi no, ɔbɔɔ mmɔden sɛ ɔbɛgye Yosef nkwa. Ɔkaa sɛ, “Mommma yɛnkum no. 22Monnhwie mogya ngu. Momma yɛnto no ntwene amena a ɛwɔ ɛserɛ yi so no bi mu. Na mommma yɛmfa yɛn nsa nka no.” Ruben kaa saa asɛm yi de gyee no firii wɔn nsam, sɛdeɛ ɔbɛnya ɛkwan de no akɔhyɛ wɔn agya nsa.

23Yosef bɛduruu ne nuammarimanom no nkyɛn no, wɔworɔɔ ne batakari fɛfɛ a ɛhyɛ no no. 24Afei, wɔtoo no twenee amena bi mu. Saa amena no, na nsuo biara nni mu.

Wɔtɔn Yosef

25Afei, ɛberɛ a anuanom no tenaa ase sɛ wɔredidi no, wɔtoo wɔn ani hunuu sɛ nyoma bebree sa so reba faako a na wɔrebɛdidi hɔ no. Wɔhunuu sɛ saa nkurɔfoɔ no yɛ Ismaelfoɔ adwadifoɔ bi a wɔsoso hyehwam, akyenkyennuro ne kurobo a wɔde firi Gilead rekɔtɔn no wɔ Misraim asase so.

26Yuda ka kyerɛɛ ne nuanom no sɛ, “Sɛ yɛkum yɛn nua yi, kata ne mogya so a, ɛdeɛn mfasoɔ na yɛbɛnya. 27Momma yɛnyi no, na yɛntɔn no mma Ismaelfoɔ adwadifoɔ yi, sene sɛ yɛbɛkum no. Ɛkɔsi sɛn ara a, ɔyɛ yɛn nua kumaa a ɔyɛ yɛn busuani.” Ne nuanom mmarima no penee nʼadebisa no so.

28Ɛberɛ a Midian adwadifoɔ no bɛduru hɔ no, Yosef nuanom no yii no firii amena no mu, tɔn no gyee dwetɛ gram ahanu aduonu nwɔtwe (228) maa Ismaelfoɔ no, maa wɔde no kɔɔ Misraim.

29Ruben sane nʼakyi baa amena no ho, na ɔhunuu sɛ Yosef nni amena no mu no, ɔsunsuanee ne ntadeɛ mu. 30Ɔkɔɔ ne nuammarimanom no hɔ, kɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn sɛ, “Abarimaa no nni hɔ oo! Enti, seesei menyɛ me ho dɛn ni!”

31Afei, anuanom no faa Yosef batakari no, kumm abirekyie, de batakari no nuu ne mogya no mu. 32Wɔde Yosef batakari fɛfɛ no kɔɔ wɔn agya nkyɛn, kɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Yɛhunuu saa atadeɛ yi wɔ wura mu hɔ baabi. Hwɛ sɛ ɛyɛ Yosef atadeɛ anaa?”

33Wɔn agya hunuiɛ ampa, kaa sɛ, “Nokorɛ, ɛyɛ me ba Yosef atadeɛ! Aboa bi akye no awe. Ampa ara sɛ, aboa ko no atete Yosef ɛnam pasaa.”

34Na Yakob sunsuanee ne ntadeɛ mu, hyɛɛ ayitadeɛ, suu ne ba no nna bebree. 35Ne mmammarima ne ne mmammaa nyinaa bɛtwaa ne ho hyiaeɛ, kyekyeree ne werɛ, nanso ankɔsi hwee. Yakob kaa sɛ, “Dabi, mede awerɛhoɔ bɛwu akɔto me ba no asamando.” Enti, nʼagya Yakob suu no.

36Deɛ ɛbaeɛ ne sɛ, Midianfoɔ no nso kɔtɔn Yosef maa Potifar wɔ Misraim. Saa Potifar no na ɔyɛ ɔhene Farao dabehene ne nʼawɛmfoɔ so panin.

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