Jacob and Joseph die

Chapter 50 Jacob and Joseph die v1 Then Joseph bent over his father’s face. He wept and he kissed his father. v2 Joseph had some servants that were doctors. He ordered them to *preserve his father. So the doctors *preserved Israel.v3 They worked for 40 days. It takes 40 days to *preserve a body. The *Egyptians wept about Israel for 70 days. v4 Then the days when the *Egyptians wept were over. Joseph then spoke to *Pharaoh’s family. He said, ‘Please do this kind thing for me and speak to…

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Jacob’s blessing for his family

Chapter 49 Jacob’s blessing for his family After Jacob *blessed Joseph’s sons, Jacob *blessed his own sons. In fact, Jacob did not give a *blessing to all 12 sons. Reuben, Simeon and Levi deserved no *blessing because of their evil deeds. But God still gave Jacob a *prophecy about each son. All the sons belonged to Jacob’s family. And all the sons received the benefit of God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God would make the *descendants of all the sons into a great nation. The *descendants of each…

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Jacob’s blessing for Joseph’s sons

Chapter 48 Jacob’s blessing for Joseph’s sons v1 After that, Joseph heard that his father was ill. So Joseph took his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, with him. v2 Jacob heard also that his son Joseph had come to him. Then Israel used all his strength and he sat up in bed. v3 Then Jacob said this to Joseph. ‘The *Almighty God appeared in front of me at Luz. That is in the country called Canaan. And he *blessed me. v4 God said to me, “Look! I will make you…

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Joseph works well for his master Pharaoh

Chapter 47 Joseph works well for his master Pharaoh v1 So Joseph went in to *Pharaoh. Joseph told *Pharaoh that his father and brothers had come from the country called Canaan. They had brought their animals. And they had brought everything that they had. They were there in the region called Goshen. v2 Joseph chose 5 men from all his brothers and he brought those 5 brothers to *Pharaoh. v3 *Pharaoh said to Joseph’s brothers, ‘What do you do to live?’ They replied to *Pharaoh, ‘Your servants are *shepherds, as…

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The whole family in Egypt

Chapter 46 The whole family in Egypt v1 So Israel set off. He took everything that he had. And he went to Beersheba. He made *sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. v2 God spoke to Israel during the night. He spoke to Israel in *visions. He said, ‘Jacob, Jacob.’ So Jacob said, ‘Here I am.’ v3 Then God said, ‘I am God, your father’s God. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt. I will make you into a great nation there. v4 I will go down…

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Joseph says who he is

Chapter 45 Joseph says who he is v1 Then Joseph could not stay calm any longer. Many people were standing near him. He cried out, ‘Make everyone go away from me!’ So there was nobody there when Joseph told his brothers. He told them who he was. v2 He wept aloud. The *Egyptians heard him and the people in *Pharaoh’s *household heard him. v3 Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph. Is my father really still alive?’ His brothers could not answer him. They were very fearful to be…

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Joseph tests his brothers

Chapter 44 Joseph tests his brothers v1 Then Joseph gave orders to the *steward of his house. Joseph told him, ‘Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry. And put each man’s money back at the top of his sack.’ v2 Joseph had a special cup that someone had made from silver. Joseph then told the *steward, ‘Put the cup at the top of the youngest brother’s sack. And put his money there too.’ The *steward did as Joseph ordered. v3 As soon as daylight came,…

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Joseph’s brothers return to Egypt

Chapter 43 Joseph’s brothers return to Egypt v1 The *famine was very bad in the country called Canaan. v2 Jacob’s family had eaten up the corn that they had brought from Egypt. So Jacob said, ‘Go again to Egypt to buy a little food.’ v3 Judah said to Jacob, ‘The man warned us often. He said that we would not see him again unless we brought our brother with us. v4 If you will send our brother with us, we will go down to Egypt. We will go there in…

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Joseph and his brothers

Chapter 42 Joseph and his brothers v1 Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt. Then he said to his sons, ‘Do not just stand there while you look at each other!’ v2 Jacob said, ‘Look! I have heard that there is corn in Egypt. Go down there and buy corn for us. Then we can stay alive. Then we will not die.’ v3 So 10 of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy corn in Egypt. v4 Jacob did not send Benjamin (Joseph’s brother) with the other brothers. Jacob was…

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Pharaoh’s dreams

Chapter 41 Pharaoh’s dreams v1 After two whole years, *Pharaoh dreamed. He dreamed that he was standing by the River Nile. v2 Then 7 fat healthy cows came up out of the river. They were eating the tall grass by the river. v3 Then 7 more cows came up out of the river behind them. These other cows were thin and *bony. They stood on the land by the river. They stood near the 7 fat cows. v4 The thin *bony cows ate up the 7 fat healthy cows. Then…

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Joseph tells what some people’s dreams mean

Chapter 40 Joseph tells what some people’s dreams mean v1 Some time later, the *Egyptian king’s *butler and baker both did something wrong against their *lord, the king of Egypt. v2 *Pharaoh (the king) was angry with two of his officers. They were the chief *butler and the chief baker. v3 So *Pharaoh put them in prison. That is, the guards kept them in a house. The house belonged to the captain of the guard. That was the same prison that Joseph was in. v4The captain of the guard told…

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Joseph in Egypt

Chapter 39 Joseph in Egypt v1 Now the *Ishmaelite merchants took Joseph down to Egypt. Potiphar, an officer of *Pharaoh, bought him from them. v2 And the *Lord was with Joseph. Joseph did well in everything. Joseph was in the house of his *Egyptian master. v3 Joseph’s master saw that the *Lord was with Joseph. The *Lord helped Joseph to do everything well. v4 So Joseph’s master liked what Joseph did. And so he had Joseph work with him. He made Joseph the manager over everything. He put everything that…

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Judah’s family

Chapter 38 Judah’s family v1 At that time Judah went down, away from his brothers. He turned aside to stay with a man from Adullam. The man was called Hirah. v2 There, Judah saw the daughter of Shua, a *Canaanite. Judah married her. He had sex with her. v3 She became *pregnant and she had a baby son. Judah called him Er. v4 She became *pregnant again and she had another baby son. She called him Onan. v5 She had another baby son in addition to those. She called him…

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Joseph and his brothers

About the Book of Genesis We do not know who wrote the Book of Genesis. And we do not know when that person wrote the book. There is an ancient tradition that Moses was the author. Modern Bible students have many other ideas. But we can see that Genesis is a very old book. Even the oldest books in the Bible refer to it (for example, Exodus 3:15; Job 28:25-29). The author was not merely collecting ancient stories. And he was not merely recording ancient history. In fact, Genesis is…

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Esau’s descendants

Chapter 36 Esau’s descendants v1 These are Esau’s (Edom’s) *descendants. v2 Esau married *Canaanite wives. He married Adah, the daughter of Elon the *Hittite. And Esau also married Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah. Anah was the son of Zibeon the *Hivite. v3 Also, Esau married Basemath, Ishmael’s daughter. She was Nebaioth’s sister. v4 Adah had a baby called Eliphaz for Esau. Basemath had a baby called Reuel. v5 Oholibamah had babies called Jeush, Jalam and Korah. Those are Esau’s sons. They were born for him in the country called Canaan.…

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Jacob goes home and Isaac dies

Chapter 35 Jacob goes home and Isaac dies v1 God said to Jacob, ‘Get up. Go to Bethel and live there. When you ran away from your brother Esau, you saw God. Now make an *altar there for God’s honour.’ v2 So Jacob said this to his *household and to everyone with him: ‘Throw away the foreign gods that you have. Wash yourselves and change your clothes. v3 Let us get up. We will go up to Bethel. There I will make an *altar for God’s honour. God listened to…

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Dinah

Chapter 34 Dinah v1 Now Dinah was the daughter of Jacob and Leah. Dinah went out to visit the women in that country. v2 Shechem was Hamor’s son. Hamor was a *Hivite and he was the prince of that country. Shechem saw Dinah. He seized her and he had sex with her. He *raped her. v3 Shechem thought that Jacob’s daughter Dinah was very attractive. Shechem loved her very much. He spoke to her in a kind way. v4So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor. Shechem said, ‘Get this girl…

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Jacob meets Esau

Chapter 33 Jacob meets Esau v1 Jacob looked up. He saw that Esau was coming. Esau had 400 men with him. So Jacob divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two maids. v2 Jacob put the maids in front with their children. Then Leah and her children were next. Then Rachel and Joseph came last. v3 Jacob went in front of them all. He *bowed 7 times to the ground as he came near to his brother. v4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and he hugged Jacob. He…

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Jacob’s journey home

Chapter 32 Jacob’s journey home v1 Jacob went on his journey and God’s *angels met him. v2 And when Jacob saw them, he said, ‘This is God’s army.’ So Jacob called that place ‘Mahanaim’. v3 Jacob sent some people ahead of him to take a message to his brother Esau. (Esau was in the region called Seir, in the country called Edom.) v4 Jacob told those people to say this message to Esau. ‘Your servant Jacob says this to my *lord Esau. Jacob has stayed with Laban. And he has…

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Jacob runs away to Canaan

Chapter 31 Jacob runs away to Canaan v1 Laban’s sons said that Jacob had taken all their father’s things. Jacob heard that. They said that Jacob had become very rich from Laban’s *flocks. v2 Jacob saw that Laban was not so kind to him as before. v3 Then the *Lord said to Jacob, ‘Return to your fathers’ country. Go back to your family and I will be with you.’ v4 So Jacob sent for Rachel and Leah. He called them into the field where his *flock was. v5 Jacob said…

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Jacob’s family

Chapter 30 Jacob’s family v1 Rachel saw that she was not having any children for Jacob. So then she was jealous of her sister. Rachel said to Jacob, ‘Give children to me, otherwise I shall die.’ v2 Jacob was very angry with Rachel. And he said, ‘I am not God! You have not had children because God has prevented it.’ v3 Then Rachel said, ‘Here is my maid Bilhah. Have sex with her. So then she can have a child for me. And so then I shall have children.’ v4…

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Jacob marries

Chapter 29 Jacob marries v1 Then Jacob went on his journey. He came to that country where the people in the east lived. v2 He looked about and he saw a well in a field. Three *flocks of sheep were lying near the well. The stone that covered the well was very large. v3 The *shepherds used to gather all the *flocks there. Then they rolled the stone from the well and they gave water to the sheep. After that, they put the stone back to cover the well. v4…

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Jacob’s journey

Chapter 28 Jacob’s journey v1-2 Then Isaac called Jacob and he *blessed Jacob. He ordered Jacob not to marry a *Canaanite woman. Isaac ordered Jacob to go to the place called Paddan-Aram. There, Jacob should go to Bethuel’s house. Bethuel was Jacob’s grandfather (his mother’s father). Isaac told Jacob to marry someone from among Laban’s daughters. Laban was Jacob’s uncle (his mother’s brother). v3 Isaac asked God *Almighty to *bless Jacob. Isaac asked God to give very many *descendants to Jacob. So then Jacob would be the father of a…

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Isaac blesses Jacob

Chapter 27 Isaac blesses Jacob v1 When Isaac was old, he could not see. He was almost blind. He called his older son Esau and he said to Esau, ‘My son!’ Esau answered, ‘Here I am.’ v2 Then Isaac said, ‘Look! I am old. I do not know when I shall die. v3 Therefore, now take your arms for war, your bow and *arrows. Go into the country. And hunt wild animals in order to get meat for me.v4 Make a *stew for me that tastes very good. Make the…

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Isaac and Abimelech

Chapter 26 Isaac and Abimelech v1 Now there was a *famine in Canaan. There had been a *famine in the time when Abraham was alive. But this was another *famine. Isaac went to the place called Gerar. He went to Abimelech, the king of the *Philistines. v2 The *Lord appeared in front of Isaac. And the *Lord said, ‘Do not go down to Egypt. Live in the country that I will tell you. v3 Stay there. And I will be with you and I will *bless you. I will give…

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Abraham’s death

About the Book of Genesis We do not know who wrote the Book of Genesis. And we do not know when that person wrote the book. There is an ancient tradition that Moses was the author. Modern Bible students have many other ideas. But we can see that Genesis is a very old book. Even the oldest books in the Bible refer to it (for example, Exodus 3:15; Job 28:25-29). The author was not merely collecting ancient stories. And he was not merely recording ancient history. In fact, Genesis is…

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A wife for Isaac

Chapter 24 A wife for Isaac v1 Abraham was an old man. The *Lord had *blessed him in everything during all his long life. v2 Abraham’s oldest servant had the responsibility for everything that Abraham had. Abraham said to him, ‘Put your hand under my *thigh. v3 Please make a very serious promise. And declare that the *Lord God of heaven and earth is your witness. I live among the *Canaanites. However, do not choose anyone among their daughters as my son’s wife. v4 Go to my country and my…

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Sarah dies and Abraham buries her

Chapter 23 Sarah dies and Abraham buries her v1 Sarah lived for 127 years. That was her age when she died. v2 Sarah died in Kiriath-Arba. (That is, Hebron.) It is in that country called Canaan. Abraham went to weep about her. And he expressed that he was very sad because of her death. v3 Then Abraham stood up from next to his dead wife and he spoke to the family of Heth. v4 ‘I am only a foreigner who is living among you. Give to me a grave in…

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Abraham and Isaac

Chapter 22 Abraham and Isaac v1 Later, God tested Abraham. God said to him, ‘Abraham!’ Abraham replied, ‘Here I am.’ v2 God said, ‘Please take your son Isaac, your precious child, whom you love. Go to the district called Moriah. Offer Isaac there as a *burnt offering on a mountain. I shall show you which mountain.’ v3 So Abraham got up early in the morning and he put a saddle on his *donkey. He took two young servants with him, and he took his son Isaac. He cut wood for…

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Abraham’s sons

Chapter 21 At last, the son that God had promised was born to Sarah and Abraham. Both parents were very joyful at the birth of their child. Everybody had thought that Sarah was too old to have a baby. So they were especially happy when her son was born. Abraham named his son Isaac. Isaac means ‘laughter’. But Abraham’s other son, Ishmael, was not glad. Until Isaac was born, Ishmael was Abraham’s only son. Ishmael had become a young man. And Ishmael thought that, after Abraham’s death, he (Ishmael) would…

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