THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

Book of Genesis (Author Moses)

37:1¤ And Jacob dwelt in the land of Chanaan, wherein his father sojourned.

37:2And these are his generations: Joseph, when he was sixteen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren, being but a boy: and he was with the sons of Bala and of Zelpha his father's wives: and he accused his brethren to his father of a most wicked crime.

37:3Now Israel loved Joseph above all his sons, because he had him in his old age: and he made him a coat of divers colours.

37:4And his brethren seeing that he was loved by his father, more than all his sons, hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

37:5Now it fell out also that he told his brethren a dream, that he had dreamed: which occasioned them to hate him the more.

37:6And he said to them: Hear my dream which I dreamed.

37:7I thought we were binding sheaves in the field: and my sheaf arose as it were, and stood, and your sheaves standing about bowed down before my sheaf.

37:8His brethren answered: Shalt thou be our king? or shall we be subject to thy dominion? Therefore this matter of his dreams and words ministered nourishment to their envy and hatred.

37:9He dreamed also another dream, which he told his brethren, saying: I saw in a dream, as it were the sun, and the moon, and eleven stars worshipping me.

37:10And when he had told this to his father, and brethren, his father rebuked him and said: What meaneth this dream that thou hast dreamed? shall I and thy mother, and thy brethren worship thee upon the earth?

37:11His brethren therefore envied him: but his father considered the thing with himself.

37:12And when his brethren abode in Sechem, feeding their father's flocks,

37:13Israel said to him: Thy brethren feed the sheep in Sichem: come, I will send thee to them. And when he answered:

37:14I am ready: he said to him: Go, and see if all things be well with thy brethren, and the cattle: and bring me word again what is doing. So being sent from the vale of Hebron, he came to Sichem:

37:15And a man found him there wandering in the field, and asked what he sought.

37:16But he answered: I seek my brethren, tell me where they feed the flocks.

37:17And the man said to him: They are departed from this place: for I heard them say: Let us go to Dothain. And Joseph went forward after his brethren, and found them in Dothain.

37:18And when they saw him afar off, before he came nigh them, they thought to kill him:

37:19And said one to another: Behold the dreamer cometh.

37:20Come, let us kill him, and cast him into some old pit: and we will say: Some evil beast hath devoured him: and then it shall appear what his dreams avail him:

37:21And Ruben hearing this, endeavoured to deliver him out of their hands, and said:

37:22Do not take away his life, nor shed his blood: but cast him into this pit, that is in the wilderness, and keep your hands harmless: now he said this, being desirous to deliver him out of their hands and to restore him to his father.

37:23And as soon as he came to his brethren, they forthwith stript him of his outside coat, that was of divers colours:

37:24And cast him into an old pit where there was no water.

37:25And sitting down to eat bread, they saw some Ismaelites on their way coming from Galaad, with their camels, carrying spices, and balm, and myrrh to Egypt.

37:26And Juda said to his brethren: What will it profit us to kill our brother, and conceal his blood?

37:27It is better that he be sold to the Ismaelites, and that our hands be not defiled: for he is our brother and our flesh. His brethren agreed to his words.

37:28And when the Madianite merchants passed by, they drew him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ismaelites, for twenty pieces of silver: and they led him into Egypt.

37:29And Ruben returning to the pit, found not the boy:

37:30And rending his garments he went to his brethren, and said: The boy doth not appear, and whither shall I go?

37:31And they took his coat, and dipped it in the blood of a kid, which they had killed:

37:32Sending some to carry it to their father, and to say: This we have found: see whether it be thy son's coat, or not.

37:33And the father acknowledging it, said: It is my son's coat, an evil wild beast hath eaten him, a beast hath devoured Joseph.

37:34And tearing his garments, he put on sackcloth, mourning for his son a long time.

37:35And all his children being gathered together to comfort their father in his sorrow, he would not receive comfort, but said: I will go down to my son into hell, mourning. And whilst he continued weeping,

37:36The Madianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Putiphar, an eunuch of Pharao, captain of the soldiers.

38:1¤ At that time Juda went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Odollamite, named Hiras.

38:2And he saw there the daughter of a man of Chanaan, called Sue: and taking her to wife, he went in unto her.

38:3And she conceived, and bore a son, and called his name Her.

38:4And conceiving again, she bore a son, and called him Onan.

38:5She bore also a third: whom she called Sela. After whose birth, she ceased to bear any more.

38:6And Juda took a wife for Her, his first born, whose name was Thamar.

38:7And Her, the first born of Juda, was wicked in the sight of the Lord: and was slain by him.

38:8Juda, therefore, said to Onan his son: Go in to thy brother's wife and marry her, that thou mayst raise seed to thy brother.

38:9He knowing that the children should not be his, when he went in to his brother's wife, spilled his seed upon the ground, lest children should be born in his brother's name.

38:10And therefore the Lord slew him, because he did a detestable thing:

38:11Wherefore Juda said to Thamar his daughter-in-law: Remain a widow in thy father's house, till Sela my son grow up: for he was afraid lest he also might die, as his brethren did. She went her way, and dwelt in her father's house.

38:12And after many days were past: the daughter of Sue the wife of Juda died: and when he had taken comfort after his mourning, he went up to Thamnas, to the shearers of his sheep, he and Hiras the Odollamite, the shepherd of his flock.

38:13And it was told Thamar that her father-in-law was come up to Thamnas to shear his sheep.

38:14And she put off the garments of her widowhood, and took a veil: and changing her dress, sat in the cross way, that leadeth to Thamnas: because Sela was grown up, and she had not been married to him.

38:15When Juda saw her, he thought she was a harlot: for she had covered her face, lest she should be known.

38:16And going to her, he said: Suffer me to lie with thee: for he knew her not to be his daughter-in-law. And she answered: What wilt thou give me to enjoy my company?

38:17He said: I will send thee a kid out of the flock. And when she said again: I will suffer what thou wilt, if thou give me a pledge, till thou send what thou promisest.

38:18Juda said: What wilt thou have for a pledge? She answered: Thy ring and bracelet, and the staff which thou holdest in thy hand. The woman therefore at one copulation conceived.

38:19And she arose and went her way: and putting off the apparel which she had taken, put on the garments of her widowhood.

38:20And Juda sent a kid by his shepherd, the Odollamite, that he might receive the pledge again, which he had given to the woman: but he, not finding her,

38:21Asked the men of that place: Where is the woman that sat in the cross way? And when they all made answer: There was no harlot in this place,

38:22He returned to Juda, and said to him: I have not found her; moreover, the men of that place said to me, that there never sat a harlot there.

38:23Juda said: Let her take it to herself, surely she cannot charge us with a lie, I sent the kid which I promised: and thou didst not find her.

38:24And behold, after three months, they told Juda, saying: Thamar, thy daughter-in-law, hath played the harlot, and she appeareth to have a big belly. And Juda said: Bring her out that she may be burnt.

38:25But when she was led to execution, she sent to her father in law, saying: By the man, to whom these things belong, I am with child. See whose ring, and bracelet, and staff this is.

38:26But he acknowledging the gifts, said: She is juster than I: because I did not give her to Sela, my son. However he knew her no more.

38:27And when she was ready to be brought to bed, there appeared twins in her womb: and in the very delivery of the infants, one put forth a hand, whereon the midwife tied a scarlet thread, saying:

38:28This shall come forth the first.

38:29But he drawing back his hand, the other came forth: and the woman said: Why is the partition divided for thee? and therefore called his name Phares.

38:30Afterwards his brother came out, on whose hand was the scarlet thread: and she called his name Zara.

39:1¤ And Joseph was brought into Egypt, and Putiphar, an eunuch of Pharao, chief captain of the army, an Egyptian, bought him of the Ismaelites, by whom he was brought.

39:2And the Lord was with him, and he was a prosperous man in all things: and he dwelt in his master's house:

39:3Who knew very well that the Lord was with him, and made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

39:4And Joseph found favour in the sight of his master, and ministered to him: and being set over all by him, he governed the house committed to him, and all things that were delivered to him:

39:5And the Lord blessed the house of the Egyptian for Joseph's sake, and multiplied all his substance, both at home and in the fields.

39:6Neither knew he any other thing, but the bread which he ate. And Joseph was of a beautiful countenance, and comely to behold.

39:7And after many days, his mistress cast her eyes on Joseph, and said: Lie with me.

39:8But he in no wise consenting to that wicked act said to her: Behold, my master hath delivered all things to me, and knoweth not what he hath in his own house:

39:9Neither is there any thing which is not in my power, or that he hath not delivered to me, but thee, who art his wife; how then can I do this wicked thing, and sin against my God?

39:10With such words as these day by day, both the woman was importunate with the young man, and he refused the adultery.

39:11Now it happened on a certain day, that Joseph went into the house, and was doing some business, without any man with him:

39:12And she catching the skirt of his garment, said: Lie with me. But he leaving the garment in her hand, fled, and went out.

39:13And when the woman saw the garment in her hands, and herself disregarded,

39:14She called to her the men of her house, and said to them: See, he hath brought in a Hebrew, to abuse us: he came in to me, to lie with me; and when I cried out,

39:15And he heard my voice, he left the garment that I held, and got him out.

39:16For a proof therefore of her fidelity, she kept the garment, and shewed it to her husband when he returned home:

39:17And said: The Hebrew servant, whom thou hast brought, came to me to abuse me.

39:18And when he heard me cry, he left the garment which I held, and fled out.

39:19His master hearing these things, and giving too much credit to his wife's words, was very angry,

39:20And cast Joseph into the prison, where the king's prisoners were kept, and he was there shut up.

39:21But the Lord was with Joseph, and having mercy upon him gave him favour in the sight of the chief keeper of the prison:

39:22Who delivered into his hand all the prisoners that were kept in custody: and whatsoever was done, was under him.

39:23Neither did he himself know any thing, having committed all things to him: for the Lord was with him, and made all that he did to prosper.



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