Joseph Has Two Dreams
1Jacob lived in the land of Canaan. It’s the land where his father had stayed.
2Here is the story of the family line of Jacob.
Joseph was a young man. He was 17 years old. He was taking care of the flocks with some of his brothers. They were the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, the wives of his father Jacob. Joseph brought their father a bad report about his brothers.
3Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons. That’s because Joseph had been born to him when he was old. Israel made him a beautiful robe. 4Joseph’s brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them. So they hated Joseph. They couldn’t even speak one kind word to him.
5Joseph had a dream. When he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. 6He said to them, “Listen to the dream I had. 7We were tying up bundles of grain out in the field. Suddenly my bundle stood up straight. Your bundles gathered around my bundle and bowed down to it.”
8His brothers said to him, “Do you plan to be king over us? Will you really rule over us?” So they hated him even more because of his dream. They didn’t like what he had said.
9Then Joseph had another dream. He told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said. “I had another dream. This time the sun and moon and 11 stars were bowing down to me.”
10He told his father as well as his brothers. Then his father rebuked him. He said, “What about this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers really do that? Will we really come and bow down to the ground in front of you?” 11His brothers were jealous of him. But his father kept the dreams in mind.
Joseph Is Sold by His Brothers
12Joseph’s brothers had gone to take care of their father’s flocks near Shechem. 13Israel said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are taking care of the flocks near Shechem. Come. I’m going to send you to them.”
“All right,” Joseph replied.
14So Israel said to him, “Go to your brothers. See how they are doing. Also see how the flocks are doing. Then come back and tell me.” So he sent him away from the Hebron Valley.
Joseph arrived at Shechem. 15A man found him wandering around in the fields. He asked Joseph, “What are you looking for?”
16He replied, “I’m looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are taking care of their flocks?”
17“They’ve moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’ ”
So Joseph went to look for his brothers. He found them near Dothan. 18But they saw him a long way off. Before he reached them, they made plans to kill him.
19“Here comes that dreamer!” they said to one another. 20“Come. Let’s kill him. Let’s throw him into one of these empty wells. Let’s say that a wild animal ate him up. Then we’ll see whether his dreams will come true.”
21Reuben heard them talking. He tried to save Joseph from them. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. 22“Don’t spill any of his blood. Throw him into this empty well here in the desert. But don’t harm him yourselves.” Reuben said that to save Joseph from them. He was hoping he could take him back to his father.
23When Joseph came to his brothers, he was wearing his beautiful robe. They took it away from him. 24And they threw him into the well. The well was empty. There wasn’t any water in it.
25Then they sat down to eat their meal. As they did, they saw some Ishmaelite traders coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, lotion and myrrh. They were on their way to take them down to Egypt.
26Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and try to cover up what we’ve done? 27Come. Let’s sell him to these traders. Let’s not harm him ourselves. After all, he’s our brother. He’s our own flesh and blood.” Judah’s brothers agreed with him.
28The traders from Midian came by. Joseph’s brothers pulled him up out of the well. They sold him to the Ishmaelite traders for eight ounces of silver. Then the traders took him to Egypt.
29Later, Reuben came back to the empty well. He saw that Joseph wasn’t there. He was so upset that he tore his clothes. 30He went back to his brothers and said, “The boy isn’t there! Now what should I do?”
31Then they got Joseph’s beautiful robe. They killed a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32They took the robe back to their father. They said, “We found this. Take a look at it. See if it’s your son’s robe.”
33Jacob recognized it. He said, “It’s my son’s robe! A wild animal has eaten him up. Joseph must have been torn to pieces.”
34Jacob tore his clothes. He put on the rough clothing people wear when they’re sad. Then he mourned for his son many days. 35All Jacob’s other sons and daughters came to comfort him. But they weren’t able to. He said, “I will continue to mourn until I go down into the grave to be with my son.” So Joseph’s father mourned for him.
36But the traders from Midian sold Joseph to Potiphar in Egypt. Potiphar was one of Pharaoh’s officials. He was the captain of the palace guard.
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.
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.