1Jakọbu sì gbé ilẹ̀ Kenaani ní ibi ti baba rẹ̀ ti gbé.
2Èyí ni àwọn ìtàn Jakọbu.
Nígbà tí Josẹfu di ọmọ ọdún mẹ́tà-dínlógún (17), ó ń ṣọ́ agbo ẹran pẹ̀lú àwọn arákùnrin rẹ̀, àwọn ọmọ Biliha àti Silipa aya baba rẹ̀ Josẹfu sì ń ròyìn àwọn aburú tí wọ́n ń ṣe fún baba wọn.
3Israẹli sì fẹ́ràn Josẹfu ju gbogbo àwọn ọmọ rẹ̀ tókù lọ, nítorí ní ọjọ́ ogbó rẹ̀ ni ó bí i. O sì dá aṣọ aláràbarà tí ó kún fún onírúurú ọnà lára fún un. 4Nígbà tí àwọn arákùnrin rẹ̀ rí i pé baba àwọn fẹ́ràn rẹ̀ ju gbogbo wọn lọ, wọ́n kórìíra rẹ̀, wọ́n sì ń fi ẹ̀tanú bá a gbé, kò sì sí àlàáfíà láàrín wọn.
5Josẹfu lá àlá kan, nígbà tí ó sì sọ fún àwọn arákùnrin rẹ̀, wọ́n túbọ̀ kórìíra rẹ̀ sí i. 6O wí fún wọn pé, “Ẹ fetí sí àlá tí mo lá: 7Sá à wò ó, àwa ń yí ìtí ọkà nínú oko, ó sì ṣe ìtí ọkà tèmi sì dìde dúró ṣánṣán, àwọn ìtí ọkà tiyín sì dúró yí ìtí tèmi ká, wọ́n sì ń foríbalẹ̀ fún un.”
8Àwọn arákùnrin rẹ̀ wí fún un pé, “Ìwọ ń gbèrò àti jẹ ọba lé wa lórí bí? Tàbí ìwọ ó ṣe olórí wa nítòótọ́?” Wọn sì túbọ̀ kórìíra rẹ̀ sí i, nítorí àlá rẹ̀ àti nítorí ohun tí ó wí.
9O sì tún lá àlá mìíràn, ó sì tún sọ ọ́ fún àwọn arákùnrin rẹ̀. Ó wí pé, ẹ tẹ́tí sí mi, “Mo tún lá àlá mìíràn, wò ó, oòrùn, òṣùpá àti ìràwọ̀ mọ́kànlá ń foríbalẹ̀ fún mi.”
10Nígbà tí ó sọ fún baba rẹ̀ àti àwọn arákùnrin rẹ̀ pẹ̀lú, baba rẹ̀ bá a wí pé, “irú àlá wo ni ìwọ lá yìí? Ṣé ìyá rẹ, pẹ̀lú èmi àti àwọn ẹ̀gbọ́n rẹ yóò wá foríbalẹ̀ níwájú rẹ ni?” 1137.11,28: Ap 7.9.Àwọn arákùnrin rẹ̀ sì ń ṣe ìlara rẹ̀ ṣùgbọ́n baba rẹ̀ pa ọ̀rọ̀ náà mọ́ lọ́kàn rẹ̀.
Àwọn arákùnrin Josẹfu tà á
12Àwọn arákùnrin rẹ̀ sì da ẹran baba wọn lọ sí Ṣekemu. 13Israẹli sì wí fún Josẹfu pé, “Ṣé o mọ̀ pé, àwọn arákùnrin rẹ ń da ẹran ní Ṣekemu, wá, jẹ́ kí n rán ọ sí wọn.”
Josẹfu sì dáhùn pé, “Èmi nìyí.”
14O sì wí fún un pé, “Lọ wò bí àwọn arákùnrin rẹ àti àwọn agbo ẹran bá wà ní àlàáfíà, kí o sì wá jíṣẹ́ fún mi.” Ó sì rán Josẹfu lọ láti Àfonífojì Hebroni.
Nígbà tí Josẹfu dé Ṣekemu, 15Ọkùnrin kan sì rí i tí ó ń rìn kiri inú pápá, ó sì bi í pé, “Kín ni ò ń wá?”
16Ó sì dáhùn pé, “Àwọn arákùnrin mi ni mò ń wá, ǹjẹ́ o mọ ibi tí wọ́n wà pẹ̀lú agbo ẹran?”
17Ọkùnrin náà dáhùn pé, “Wọ́n ti kúrò ní ìhín, mo gbọ́ tí wọ́n ń wí pé, ‘Ẹ jẹ́ kí a lọ sí Dotani.’ ”
Josẹfu sì wá àwọn arákùnrin rẹ̀ lọ, ó sì rí wọn ní tòsí Dotani. 18Ṣùgbọ́n bí wọ́n sì ti rí i tí ń bọ̀ lókèèrè, kí ó sì tó dé ọ̀dọ̀ wọn, wọn gbìmọ̀ pọ̀ láti pa á.
19“Alálàá ni ń bọ̀ yìí,” ni wọ́n ń wí fún ara wọn. 20“Ẹ wá, ẹ jẹ́ kí a pa á. Kí a sì ju òkú rẹ̀ sínú kòtò, a ó sì wí pé, ẹranko búburú ni ó pa á, kí a máa wo ọ̀nà tí àlá rẹ̀ yóò gbà ṣẹ.”
21Nígbà tí Reubeni gbọ́ èyí, ó gbìyànjú láti gbà á sílẹ̀ ní ọwọ́ wọn, ó sì wí pé, “Ẹ má ṣe jẹ́ kí a gba ẹ̀mí rẹ̀, 22Ẹ má ṣe jẹ́ kí a ta ẹ̀jẹ̀ sílẹ̀, ẹ má ṣe fọwọ́ kàn án, ẹ kúkú jù ú sínú kòtò láààyè nínú aginjù níbí.” Reubeni sọ èyí, kí ó ba à le gbà á kúrò lọ́wọ́ wọn, kí ó sì dá a padà lọ fún baba rẹ̀.
23Nítorí náà, nígbà tí Josẹfu dé ọ̀dọ̀ àwọn arákùnrin rẹ̀, wọ́n bọ́ ẹ̀wù rẹ̀—Ẹ̀wù ọlọ́nà, aláràbarà tí ó wọ̀— 24wọ́n mú un, wọ́n sì jù ú sínú kòtò. Kòtò náà sì ṣófo, kò sí omi nínú rẹ̀.
25Bí wọ́n sì ti jókòó láti jẹun, wọ́n gbójú sókè, wọ́n sì rí àwọn oníṣòwò ará Iṣmaeli tí wọ́n ń wọ́ bọ̀ láti Gileadi. Ìbákasẹ wọn sì ru tùràrí, ìkunra àti òjìá, wọ́n ń lọ sí Ejibiti.
26Juda wí fún àwọn arákùnrin rẹ̀ pé, “Èrè kí ni ó jẹ́ bí a bá pa arákùnrin wa tí a bo ẹ̀jẹ̀ rẹ̀ mọ́lẹ̀ ti ọkàn wa sì ń dá wa lẹ́bi? 27Ẹ wá, ẹ jẹ́ kí á tà á fún àwọn ará Iṣmaeli, kí àwa má sì pa á, ṣè bí àbúrò wa ni, ẹran-ara wa àti ẹ̀jẹ̀ wa ní i ṣe.” Àwọn arákùnrin rẹ̀ sì fi ara mọ́ ohun tí ó sọ.
2837.28: Ap 7.9.Nítorí náà, nígbà tí àwọn oníṣòwò ara Midiani ń kọjá, àwọn arákùnrin Josẹfu fà á jáde láti inú kòtò, wọ́n sì tà á fún àwọn ará Iṣmaeli ní ogún owó wúrà, wọ́n sì mú Josẹfu lọ sí ilẹ̀ Ejibiti.
29Nígbà tí Reubeni padà dé ibi kòtò tí ó sì ri pé Josẹfu kò sí níbẹ̀ mọ́, ó fa aṣọ rẹ̀ ya pẹ̀lú ìbànújẹ́. 30Ó padà lọ sí ọ̀dọ̀ àwọn arákùnrin rẹ̀, ó sì wí pé, “Ọmọdékùnrin náà kò sí níbẹ̀ mọ́! Níbo ni ẹ fẹ́ kí n wọ̀ báyìí?”
31Nígbà náà ni wọ́n mú aṣọ Josẹfu, wọ́n pa ewúrẹ́ kan, wọ́n sì tẹ aṣọ náà bọ inú ẹ̀jẹ̀ ewúrẹ́ náà. 32Wọ́n sì mú aṣọ ọlọ́nà aláràbarà náà padà sí ọ̀dọ̀ baba wọn, wọ́n sì wí pé, “A rí èyí he nínú oko, yẹ̀ ẹ́ wò, kí o sì mọ̀ bóyá ti ọmọ rẹ ni.”
33Ó sì dá a mọ̀, ó wí pé, “Háà! Aṣọ ọmọ mi ni, ẹranko búburú ti pa á jẹ, láìṣe àní àní, ó ti fa Josẹfu ya pẹ́rẹpẹ̀rẹ.”
34Nígbà náà ni Jakọbu fa aṣọ rẹ̀ ya, ó sì wọ aṣọ ọ̀fọ̀, ó sì ṣọ̀fọ̀ ọmọ rẹ̀ fún ọ̀pọ̀lọpọ̀ ọjọ́ 35Gbogbo àwọn ọmọ rẹ̀ lọ́kùnrin, lóbìnrin wá láti tù ú nínú, ṣùgbọ́n kò gbà. Ó wí pé, “Rárá, nínú ọ̀fọ̀ yìí ni èmi yóò lọ sí isà òkú lọ́dọ̀ ọmọ mi.” Baba Josẹfu sì sọkún fún un.
36Ní gbogbo àkókò wọ̀nyí, àwọn ará Midiani ta Josẹfu ní Ejibiti fún Potiferi, ọ̀kan nínú àwọn ìjòyè Farao, tí í ṣe olórí ẹ̀ṣọ́.
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.