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Jan 22nd 2014, 06:53 AM
My bible study on Jacob, his brothers and descendants.

(Genesis Chapter 25, 27– 50 to Exodus Chapter 1.)
* My study notes in Red.


(Gen 25:21 NIV) Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.

Isaac, the father of Esau and Jacob.

(Gen 25:22 NIV) The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, "Why is this happening to me?" So she went to inquire of the LORD.

(Gen 25:23 NIV) The LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger."

See Genesis chapters 35 & 36

(Gen 25:24 NIV) When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb.

(Gen 25:25 NIV) The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.

(Gen 25:26 NIV) After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau's heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.

Issac had two sons born of Rebekah. Twins: the first born and was Esau, the second born Jacob.

(Gen 25:27 NIV) The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was a quiet man, staying among the tents.

KJV reads (Gen 25:27 KJV) And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

Cunning H3045. yada', yaw-dah'; a prim. root; to know (prop. to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, fig., lit., euphem. and infer. (including observation, care, recognition, and causat. instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) [as follow]:--acknowledge, acquaintance (-ted with), advise, answer, appoint, assuredly, be aware, awares, can [-not], certainly, for a certainty, comprehend, consider, X could they, cunning, declare, be diligent, (can, cause to) discern, discover, endued with, familiar friend, famous, feel, can have, be [ig-] norant, instruct, kinsfolk, kinsman, (cause to, let, make) know, (come to give, have, take) knowledge, have [knowledge], (be, make, make to be, make self) known, + be learned, + lie by man, mark, perceive, privy to, X prognosticator, regard, have respect, skilful, shew, can (man of) skill, be sure, of a surety, teach, (can) tell, understand, have [understanding], X will be, wist, wit, wot.
Plain H8535. tam, tawm; from H8552; complete; usually (mor.) pious; spec. gentle, dear:-- coupled together, perfect, plain, undefiled, upright.

(Gen 25:28 NIV) Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Isaac, loved his son Esau, because Esau was a skillful hunter and Isaac had a taste for wild game.

Rebekah (Jacobs mother) loved Esau.

(Gen 25:29 NIV) Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished.

(Gen 25:30 NIV) He said to Jacob, "Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I'm famished!" (That is why he was also called Edom.)

(Gen 25:31 NIV) Jacob replied, "First sell me your birthright."

(Gen 25:32 NIV) "Look, I am about to die," Esau said. "What good is the birthright to me?"

(Gen 25:33 NIV) But Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

(Gen 25:34 NIV) Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.

Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a meal.

May 24th 2014, 08:15 AM

(Gen 27:1 NIV) When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, "My son." "Here I am," he answered.

(Gen 27:2 NIV) Isaac said, "I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death.

(Gen 27:3 NIV) Now then, get your weapons--your quiver and bow--and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me.

(Gen 27:4 NIV) Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die."

Issac loved Esau, before he was about to die, he asked him to catch some game so he may eat and bless him it before he died.

(Gen 27:5 NIV) Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back,

(Gen 27:6 NIV) Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau,

(Gen 27:7 NIV) 'Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the LORD before I die.'

(Gen 27:8 NIV) Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you:

(Gen 27:9 NIV) Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it.

(Gen 27:10 NIV) Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies."

(Gen 27:11 NIV) Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "But my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I'm a man with smooth skin.

(Gen 27:12 NIV) What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing."

(Gen 27:13 NIV) His mother said to him, "My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me."

(Gen 27:14 NIV) So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it.

(Gen 27:15 NIV) Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob.

(Gen 27:16 NIV) She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.

(Gen 27:17 NIV) Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.

(Gen 27:18 NIV) He went to his father and said, "My father." "Yes, my son," he answered. "Who is it?"

(Gen 27:19 NIV) Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game so that you may give me your blessing."

(Gen 27:20 NIV) Isaac asked his son, "How did you find it so quickly, my son?" "The LORD your God gave me success," he replied.

(Gen 27:21 NIV) Then Isaac said to Jacob, "Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not."

(Gen 27:22 NIV) Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, "The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau."

(Gen 27:23 NIV) He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he blessed him.

(Gen 27:24 NIV) "Are you really my son Esau?" he asked. "I am," he replied.

(Gen 27:25 NIV) Then he said, "My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing." Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank.

(Gen 27:26 NIV) Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come here, my son, and kiss me."

(Gen 27:27 NIV) So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said, "Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the LORD has blessed.

(Gen 27:28 NIV) May God give you of heaven's dew and of earth's richness-- an abundance of grain and new wine.

(Gen 27:29 NIV) May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed."

Rekebak loved Jacob (Gen 25:28 NIV). With her help, Jacob pretended to be his older brother Esau and lied to his father so that he may receive his blessing. For Esau had already sold his birthright to Jacob for a meal (Gen 25:34 NIV). Genesis 25 verse 34 records that Esau despised his birthright.

Isaacs blessing for Jacob was that nations would serve him and he would be lord over his brothers.

(Gen 27:30 NIV) After Isaac finished blessing him and Jacob had scarcely left his father's presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting.

(Gen 27:31 NIV) He too prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Then he said to him, "My father, sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing."

(Gen 27:32 NIV) His father Isaac asked him, "Who are you?" "I am your son," he answered, "your firstborn, Esau."

(Gen 27:33 NIV) Isaac trembled violently and said, "Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him--and indeed he will be blessed!"

(Gen 27:34 NIV) When Esau heard his father's words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, "Bless me--me too, my father!"

KJV reads (Gen 27:34) And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father. The sorrow that Esau felt when he learned Jacob had taken his blessing.

(Gen 27:35 NIV) But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing."

(Gen 27:36 NIV) Esau said, "Isn't he rightly named Jacob ? He has deceived me these two times: He took my birthright, and now he's taken my blessing!" Then he asked, "Haven't you reserved any blessing for me?"

(Gen 27:37 NIV) Isaac answered Esau, "I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?"

(Gen 27:38 NIV) Esau said to his father, "Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!" Then Esau wept aloud.

(Gen 27:39 NIV) His father Isaac answered him, "Your dwelling will be away from the earth's richness, away from the dew of heaven above.

(Gen 27:40 NIV) You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck."

(Gen 27:41 NIV) Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, "The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob."
KJV reads (Gen 27:41 ) And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

(Gen 27:42 NIV) When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, "Your brother Esau is consoling himself with the thought of killing you.
As a result, Esau who was a skillful hunter. He thought about killing his brother Jacob for his deceit.

(Gen 27:43 NIV) Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Haran.
Rebekah told Jacob to flee to Haran to live with his brother Laban, until Esau’s fury had subsided.

(Gen 27:44 NIV) Stay with him for a while until your brother's fury subsides.
KJV reads (Gen 27:44) And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother's fury turn away;

(Gen 27:45 NIV) When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I'll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?"

(Gen 27:46 NIV) Then Rebekah said to Isaac, "I'm disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living."

For Esau's wives from the land of Canaan were a source of grief for Isaac and Rebekah (Gen 26:34-35).

KJV reads (Gen 27:46) And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?

Heth H2845. Cheth, khayth; from H2865; terror; Cheth, an aboriginal Canaanite:--Heth.

May 30th 2014, 09:51 PM

(Gen 28:1 NIV) So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him and commanded him: "Do not marry a Canaanite woman.

When Esau was 40 years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri and Basemath daughter of Elon, both Hittite woman (Canaanite woman) who were a source of grief for Isaac and Rebekah (Gen 26:34-35).

(Gen 28:2 NIV) Go at once to Paddan Aram, to the house of your mother's father Bethuel. Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother's brother.

Laban was Rebeka’s brother, his uncle.

(Gen 28:3 NIV) May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples.
(Gen 28:4 NIV) May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now live as an alien, the land God gave to Abraham."
(Gen 28:5 NIV) Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, who was the mother of Jacob and Esau.

(Gen 28:6 NIV) Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, "Do not marry a Canaanite woman,"
(Gen 28:7 NIV) and that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram.
(Gen 28:8 NIV) Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac;
(Gen 28:9 NIV) so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had.

When Esau he found out how displeasing it was to Isaac to marry a Canaanite woman, he married Mahalath the sister of Nebaioth. This was in an attempt to please his father, for Esau married 2 caananite woman when he was 40 (Gen 26:34-35). However, his marriage to Mahalath was a bigger mistake, for he married into a family that God had rejected.

(Gen 28:10 NIV) Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran.
(Gen 28:11 NIV) When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.
(Gen 28:12 NIV) He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

In Jacobs dream, he saw a ladder which he saw a stairway from heaven to earth and angels were ascending and descending on the stairway.

(Gen 28:13 NIV) There above it stood the LORD, and he said: "I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.

In the dream above the ladder was God. And God spoke, Jacob and his descendants would be given the land in which he was lying.

(Gen 28:14 NIV) Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.
(Gen 28:15 NIV) I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."

(Gen 28:16 NIV) When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it."
(Gen 28:17 NIV) He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven."
(Gen 28:18 NIV) Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.
(Gen 28:19 NIV) He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz.

Bethel. As Jacob described it, the place of the gate of heaven, where he dreamed he saw angels ascending and descending on a stairway from heaven to earth and the place where God spoke and said he and his descendents will inherit the land which he was lying.

(Gen 28:20 NIV) Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear
(Gen 28:21 NIV) so that I return safely to my father's house, then the LORD will be my God
(Gen 28:22 NIV) and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth."

An offering of a tenth of what he had.

Jun 6th 2014, 10:32 PM

(Gen 29:1 NIV) Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples.
(Gen 29:2 NIV) There he saw a well in the field, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large.
(Gen 29:3 NIV) When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well's mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.

(Gen 29:4 NIV) Jacob asked the shepherds, "My brothers, where are you from?" "We're from Haran," they replied.
(Gen 29:5 NIV) He said to them, "Do you know Laban, Nahor's grandson?" "Yes, we know him," they answered.
(Gen 29:6 NIV) Then Jacob asked them, "Is he well?" "Yes, he is," they said, "and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep."

(Gen 29:7 NIV) "Look," he said, "the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture."
(Gen 29:8 NIV) "We can't," they replied, "until all the flocks are gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep."

(Gen 29:9 NIV) While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess.
(Gen 29:10 NIV) When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of Laban, his mother's brother, and Laban's sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle's sheep.

Rachael was Labans daughter and a shepherdess.

(Gen 29:11 NIV) Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud.
(Gen 29:12 NIV) He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.
(Gen 29:13 NIV) As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister's son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things.

(Gen 29:14 NIV) Then Laban said to him, "You are my own flesh and blood." After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month,
(Gen 29:15 NIV) Laban said to him, "Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be."
(Gen 29:16 NIV) Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
(Gen 29:17 NIV) Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel was lovely in form, and beautiful.

(Gen 29:18 NIV) Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, "I'll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel."

Laban had two daughters Leah (older) and Rachael (younger).
Jacob was in love with Rachael.

(Gen 29:19 NIV) Laban said, "It's better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me."

(Gen 29:20 NIV) So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
Jacob agreed to serve Laban for 7 years in order to marry Rachael.

(Gen 29:21 NIV) Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to lie with her."

(Gen 29:22 NIV) So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.
(Gen 29:23 NIV) But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and gave her to Jacob, and Jacob lay with her.
(Gen 29:24 NIV) And Laban gave his servant girl Zilpah to his daughter as her maidservant.

(Gen 29:25 NIV) When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn't I? Why have you deceived me?"

Jacob had been deceived. Laban had given him Leah his older daughter instead of Rachel. Just as Jacob had deceived father Isaac and received his brother Esau blessing , he had now been deceived by working 7 years, but given Leah as his wife. For the agreement made between him and Laban in Genesis 29:18-19 was to work for 7 years in order for Rachael to be his wife.

(Gen 29:26 NIV) Laban replied, "It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.
(Gen 29:27 NIV) Finish this daughter's bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work."

Instead, Laban agreed to give Jacob Rachael, in exchange for another 7 years work.

(Gen 29:28 NIV) And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.

Jacob served Laban for another 7 years and in return Laban gave him his daughter Rachael to be his wife.

(Gen 29:29 NIV) Laban gave his servant girl Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maidservant.
(Gen 29:30 NIV) Jacob lay with Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.

During this time before the law of Moses, having more than one wife was allowed. For the law against committing adultery had not yet been given (Exodus 20:14 – Thou shall not commit adultery).

(Gen 29:31 NIV) When the LORD saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.
(Gen 29:32 NIV) Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, "It is because the LORD has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now."


(Gen 28:14 NIV) Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.
(Gen 29:33 NIV) She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "Because the LORD heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too." So she named him Simeon.


(Gen 29:34 NIV) Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons." So he was named Levi.

Leah –LEVI

(Gen 29:35 NIV) She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "This time I will praise the LORD." So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children.


Jun 13th 2014, 11:15 PM

(Gen 30:1 NIV) When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, "Give me children, or I'll die!"

(Gen 30:2 NIV) Jacob became angry with her and said, "Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?"
(Gen 30:3 NIV) Then she said, "Here is Bilhah, my maidservant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and that through her I too can build a family."

(Gen 30:4 NIV) So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her,
(Gen 30:5 NIV) and she became pregnant and bore him a son.

(Gen 30:6 NIV) Then Rachel said, "God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son." Because of this she named him Dan.

Rachael’s maid servant Bilhah - DAN

(Gen 30:7 NIV) Rachel's servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.

Rachael’s maid servant Bilhah - JACOB

(Gen 30:8 NIV) Then Rachel said, "I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won." So she named him Naphtali.

Rachael’s maid servant Bilhah–NAPHTALI

(Gen 30:9 NIV) When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her maidservant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.
(Gen 30:10 NIV) Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son.
(Gen 30:11 NIV) Then Leah said, "What good fortune!" So she named him Gad.

Leah’s maid servant Zilpah–GAD

(Gen 30:12 NIV) Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.
(Gen 30:13 NIV) Then Leah said, "How happy I am! The women will call me happy." So she named him Asher.

Leah’s maid servant Zilpah–ASHER

(Gen 30:14 NIV) During wheat harvest, Reuben went out into the fields and found some mandrake plants, which he brought to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, "Please give me some of your son's mandrakes."

(Gen 30:15 NIV) But she said to her, "Wasn't it enough that you took away my husband? Will you take my son's mandrakes too?" "Very well," Rachel said, "he can sleep with you tonight in return for your son's mandrakes."

(Gen 30:16 NIV) So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him. "You must sleep with me," she said. "I have hired you with my son's mandrakes." So he slept with her that night.

(Gen 30:17 NIV) God listened to Leah, and she became pregnant and bore Jacob a fifth son.
(Gen 30:18 NIV) Then Leah said, "God has rewarded me for giving my maidservant to my husband." So she named him Issachar.


(Gen 30:19 NIV) Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son.
(Gen 30:20 NIV) Then Leah said, "God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor, because I have borne him six sons." So she named him Zebulun.


(Gen 30:21 NIV) Some time later she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.

LEAH –DINAH (Daughter)

(Gen 30:22 NIV) Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and opened her womb.

(Gen 30:23 NIV) She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, "God has taken away my disgrace."
(Gen 30:24 NIV) She named him Joseph, and said, "May the LORD add to me another son."


(Gen 30:25 NIV) After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, "Send me on my way so I can go back to my own homeland.
(Gen 30:26 NIV) Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you, and I will be on my way. You know how much work I've done for you."

(Gen 30:27 NIV) But Laban said to him, "If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you."

(Gen 30:28 NIV) He added, "Name your wages, and I will pay them."

(Gen 30:29 NIV) Jacob said to him, "You know how I have worked for you and how your livestock has fared under my care.

(Gen 30:30 NIV) The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the LORD has blessed you wherever I have been. But now, when may I do something for my own household?"

(Gen 30:31 NIV) "What shall I give you?" he asked. "Don't give me anything," Jacob replied. "But if you will do this one thing for me, I will go on tending your flocks and watching over them:

(Gen 30:32 NIV) Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be my wages.

(Gen 30:33 NIV) And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored, will be considered stolen."

(Gen 30:34 NIV) "Agreed," said Laban. "Let it be as you have said."

(Gen 30:35 NIV) That same day he removed all the male goats that were streaked or spotted, and all the speckled or spotted female goats (all that had white on them) and all the dark-colored lambs, and he placed them in the care of his sons.

(Gen 30:36 NIV) Then he put a three-day journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob continued to tend the rest of Laban's flocks.

(Gen 30:37 NIV) Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches.

(Gen 30:38 NIV) Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink,

(Gen 30:39 NIV) they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.

(Gen 30:40 NIV) Jacob set apart the young of the flock by themselves, but made the rest face the streaked and dark-colored animals that belonged to Laban. Thus he made separate flocks for himself and did not put them with Laban's animals.

(Gen 30:41 NIV) Whenever the stronger females were in heat, Jacob would place the branches in the troughs in front of the animals so they would mate near the branches,

(Gen 30:42 NIV) but if the animals were weak, he would not place them there. So the weak animals went to Laban and the strong ones to Jacob.

(Gen 30:43 NIV) In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and maidservants and menservants, and camels and donkeys.

Jun 20th 2014, 10:55 PM

(Gen 31:1 NIV) Jacob heard that Laban's sons were saying, "Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father."

(Gen 31:2 NIV) And Jacob noticed that Laban's attitude toward him was not what it had been.

(Gen 31:3 NIV) Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you."

(Gen 31:4 NIV) So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were.

(Gen 31:5 NIV) He said to them, "I see that your father's attitude toward me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me.

(Gen 31:6 NIV) You know that I've worked for your father with all my strength,

(Gen 31:7 NIV) yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me.

Not only did Laban make Jacob work 7 years more than agreed to marry his daughter Rachael, he also changed Jacobs wages 10 times and cheated Jacob of wages.

(Gen 31:8 NIV) If he said, 'The speckled ones will be your wages,' then all the flocks gave birth to speckled young; and if he said, 'The streaked ones will be your wages,' then all the flocks bore streaked young.

(Gen 31:9 NIV) So God has taken away your father's livestock and has given them to me.

(Gen 31:10 NIV) "In breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted.

(Gen 31:11 NIV) The angel of God said to me in the dream, 'Jacob.' I answered, 'Here I am.'

(Gen 31:12 NIV) And he said, 'Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you.

The angel of God had seen all that Laban had done to Jacob.

(Gen 31:13 NIV) I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.'"

God of Bethel –The word God in Genesis 31:13 is translated…H410. 'el, ale; short. from H352; strength; as adj. mighty; espec. the Almighty (but used also of any deity):--God (god), X goodly, X great, idol, might (-y one), power, strong. Comp. names in "-el." Meaning strength.

It is different than in Genesis 31:11 where God is translated … H430. 'elohiym, el-o-heem'; plur. of H433; gods in the ordinary sense; but spec. used (in the plur. thus, esp. with the art.) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:--angels, X exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty.

(Gen 31:14 NIV) Then Rachel and Leah replied, "Do we still have any share in the inheritance of our father's estate?

(Gen 31:15 NIV) Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us.

Laban regarded his daughters, Rachel and Leah as foreigners.
KJV reads (Gen 31:15)Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.

(Gen 31:16 NIV) Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children. So do whatever God has told you."

(Gen 31:17 NIV) Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels,

(Gen 31:18 NIV) and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.

(Gen 31:19 NIV) When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father's household gods.

(Gen 31:20 NIV) Moreover, Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him he was running away.

(Gen 31:21 NIV) So he fled with all he had, and crossing the River, he headed for the hill country of Gilead.

(Gen 31:22 NIV) On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled.

Three days after Jacob had fled, Laban was told.

(Gen 31:23 NIV) Taking his relatives with him, he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead.

Laban pursued Jacob for 7 days.

(Gen 31:24 NIV) Then God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, "Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad."

God spoke to Laban in a dream, warning him not to say anything good or bad to Jacob.

(Gen 31:25 NIV) Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too.

(Gen 31:26 NIV) Then Laban said to Jacob, "What have you done? You've deceived me, and you've carried off my daughters like captives in war.

(Gen 31:27 NIV) Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn't you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of tambourines and harps?

(Gen 31:28 NIV) You didn't even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters good-by. You have done a foolish thing.

(Gen 31:29 NIV) I have the power to harm you; but last night the God of your father said to me, 'Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.'

(Gen 31:30 NIV) Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father's house. But why did you steal my gods?"

(Gen 31:31 NIV) Jacob answered Laban, "I was afraid, because I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force.

(Gen 31:32 NIV) But if you find anyone who has your gods, he shall not live. In the presence of our relatives, see for yourself whether there is anything of yours here with me; and if so, take it." Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the gods.

(Gen 31:33 NIV) So Laban went into Jacob's tent and into Leah's tent and into the tent of the two maidservants, but he found nothing. After he came out of Leah's tent, he entered Rachel's tent.

(Gen 31:34 NIV) Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them inside her camel's saddle and was sitting on them. Laban searched through everything in the tent but found nothing.

KJV reads (Gen 31:34) Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not.

The KJV uses the word images instead of Gods, meaning idols or family idols.

Images H 8655. teraphiym, ter-aw-feme'; plur. per. from H7495; a healer; Teraphim (sing. or plur.) a family idol:--idols (-atry), images, teraphim.

(Gen 31:35 NIV) Rachel said to her father, "Don't be angry, my lord, that I cannot stand up in your presence; I'm having my period." So he searched but could not find the household gods.

(Gen 31:36 NIV) Jacob was angry and took Laban to task. "What is my crime?" he asked Laban. "What sin have I committed that you hunt me down?

(Gen 31:37 NIV) Now that you have searched through all my goods, what have you found that belongs to your household? Put it here in front of your relatives and mine, and let them judge between the two of us.

(Gen 31:38 NIV) "I have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your flocks.

Jacob was with Laban for twenty years.

(Gen 31:39 NIV) I did not bring you animals torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss myself. And you demanded payment from me for whatever was stolen by day or night.

Anything that was stolen, Laban demanded payment from Jacob.

(Gen 31:40 NIV) This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes.

During the day and night, Jacob worked for Laban.

(Gen 31:41 NIV) It was like this for the twenty years I was in your household. I worked for you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks, and you changed my wages ten times.

(Gen 31:42 NIV) If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you."

If God had not seen or been with Jacob, then Laban would have sent Jacob away empty handed.

(Gen 31:43 NIV) Laban answered Jacob, "The women are my daughters, the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks. All you see is mine. Yet what can I do today about these daughters of mine, or about the children they have borne?

(Gen 31:44 NIV) Come now, let's make a covenant, you and I, and let it serve as a witness between us."
Laban made a covenant with Jacob.

(Gen 31:45 NIV) So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar.

(Gen 31:46 NIV) He said to his relatives, "Gather some stones." So they took stones and piled them in a heap, and they ate there by the heap.

(Gen 31:47 NIV) Laban called it JegarSahadutha, and Jacob called it Galeed.

(Gen 31:48 NIV) Laban said, "This heap is a witness between you and me today." That is why it was called Galeed.

(Gen 31:49 NIV) It was also called Mizpah, because he said, "May the LORD keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other.

This covenant was that Jacob was not to mistreat any of his daughters nor take any more wives and that Jacob would not harm Laban and Laban would not harm him.

(Gen 31:50 NIV) If you mistreat my daughters or if you take any wives besides my daughters, even though no one is with us, remember that God is a witness between you and me."

(Gen 31:51 NIV) Laban also said to Jacob, "Here is this heap, and here is this pillar I have set up between you and me.

(Gen 31:52 NIV) This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not go past this heap to your side to harm you and that you will not go past this heap and pillar to my side to harm me.

(Gen 31:53 NIV) May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us." So Jacob took an oath in the name of the Fear of his father Isaac.
This covenant was done by Oath.

(Gen 31:54 NIV) He offered a sacrifice there in the hill country and invited his relatives to a meal. After they had eaten, they spent the night there.

A sacrifice was made and they spent the night there.

(Gen 31:55 NIV) Early the next morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then he left and returned home.

Laban kissed and blessed his grandchildren and daughters before returning home.

Jun 28th 2014, 04:07 AM

(Gen 32:1 NIV) Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him.

The Angels of God.

Angels H4397. mal'ak, mal-awk'; from an unused root mean.todespatch as a deputy; a messenger; spec. of God, i.e. an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher):--ambassador, angel, king, messenger.

(Gen 32:2 NIV) When Jacob saw them, he said, "This is the camp of God!" So he named that place Mahanaim.

(Gen 32:3 NIV) Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.

(Gen 32:4 NIV) He instructed them: "This is what you are to say to my master Esau: 'Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now.

Jacob had to face his brother Esau, whom he took his blessing. Jacob sent a message to his brother Esau. He addresses his brother as his master and comes to his brother Jacob as a servant, the opposite of what Isaac said in Genesis 27:37.

(Gen 27:37 NIV) Isaac answered Esau, "I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?"

(Gen 32:5 NIV) I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, menservants and maidservants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.'"

(Gen 32:6 NIV) When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, "We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him."

Jacob did not know what to expect as his brother wanted to kill him the last time he saw him. Jacob was coming with 400 men.

(Gen 32:7 NIV) In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well.

Jacob was in fear and distress.So he divided the people with him in two groups, for if Esau had not forgiven him, then he would attack him.

(Gen 32:8 NIV) He thought, "If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape."

(Gen 32:9 NIV) Then Jacob prayed, "O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who said to me, 'Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,'

(Gen 32:10 NIV) I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two groups.

Jacob, thankful for the prosperity which God had given him. He left with nothing, but he now had wives, family and cattle.

(Gen 32:11 NIV) Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.

Jacob prayed to God that Esau would not attack him.

(Gen 32:12 NIV) But you have said, 'I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.'"

(Gen 32:13 NIV) He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift for his brother Esau:

Jacob selected gifts for his brother to give him.

(Gen 32:14 NIV) two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,

And the gift was substantial. 200 female goats, 20 male goats, 200 ewes and 20 Rams.

(Gen 32:15 NIV) thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.

35 female camels with their young, 40 cows, 10 bulls, 20 female donkeys and 10 male donkeys.

(Gen 32:16 NIV) He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, "Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds."

(Gen 32:17 NIV) He instructed the one in the lead: "When my brother Esau meets you and asks, 'To whom do you belong, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?'

(Gen 32:18 NIV) then you are to say, 'They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my
lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.'"

Your servant Jacob. Jacob humbled himself before his brother Esau, whom he had wronged.

(Gen 32:19 NIV) He also instructed the second, the third and all the others who followed the herds: "You are to say the same thing to Esau when you meet him.

(Gen 32:20 NIV) And be sure to say, 'Your servant Jacob is coming behind us.'" For he thought, "I will pacify him with these gifts I am sending on ahead; later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me."

The KJV uses the word appease instead of pacify.

Appease H3722. kaphar, kaw-far'; a prim. root; to cover (spec. with bitumen); fig. to expiate or condone, to placate or cancel:--appease, make (an) atonement, cleanse, disannul, forgive, be merciful, pacify, pardon, to pitch, purge (away), put off, (make) reconcile (-liation).

That he might receive him. For Jacob was obeying God in returning to Canaan in Genesis 31:13.

(Gen 31:13 NIV) I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.'"

(Gen 32:21 NIV) So Jacob's gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.

(Gen 32:22 NIV) That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.

(Gen 32:23 NIV) After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions.

(Gen 32:24 NIV) So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.

Man H376. 'iysh, eesh; contr. for H582 [or perh. rather from an unused root mean. to be extant]; a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation):--also, another, any (man), a certain, + champion, consent, each, every (one), fellow, [foot-, husband-] man, (good-, great, mighty) man, he, high (degree), him (that is), husband, man [-kind], + none, one, people, person, + steward, what (man) soever, whoso (-ever), worthy. Comp. H802.

(Gen 32:25 NIV) When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.

KJV reads (Gen 32:25) And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

(Gen 32:26 NIV) Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."

(Gen 32:27 NIV) The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered.

(Gen 32:28 NIV) Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."

Jacobs name was called Israel (Which is significant as Jacobs descendants would become the nation of Israel).

(Gen 32:29 NIV) Jacob said, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there.

(Gen 32:30 NIV) So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."

(Gen 32:31 NIV) The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.

(Gen 32:32 NIV) Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob's hip was touched near the tendon.

Jul 4th 2014, 11:13 PM

(Gen 33:1 NIV) Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two maidservants.

(Gen 33:2 NIV) He put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.

(Gen 33:3 NIV) He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.

Jacob, bowed down before his brother Esau. A sign of humility towards his brother. Jacob was a different person than when he fled over 20 years ago. He had served Laban for 20 years, he knew how it felt to be cheated, he knew what it was to work in the hot sun and the cold at night, he knew what it was to go without sleep and he now had wives, children and sons and a daughter.

(Gen 33:4 NIV) But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.

Esau had also a changed. He no longer held resentment against his brother Jacob.

(Gen 33:5 NIV) Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. "Who are these with you?" he asked. Jacob answered, "They are the children God has graciously given your servant."

(Gen 33:6 NIV) Then the maidservants and their children approached and bowed down.

(Gen 33:7 NIV) Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.

(Gen 33:8 NIV) Esau asked, "What do you mean by all these droves I met?" "To find favor in your eyes, my lord," he said.

(Gen 33:9 NIV) But Esau said, "I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself."

God had blessed Esau. God had given Esau plenty (See Genesis Chapter 36).

(Gen 33:10 NIV) "No, please!" said Jacob. "If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.

(Gen 33:11 NIV) Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need." And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.

(Gen 33:12 NIV) Then Esau said, "Let us be on our way; I'll accompany you."

(Gen 33:13 NIV) But Jacob said to him, "My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die.

(Gen 33:14 NIV) So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the droves before me and that of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir."

(Gen 33:15 NIV) Esau said, "Then let me leave some of my men with you." "But why do that?" Jacob asked. "Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord."

(Gen 33:16 NIV) So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir.

(Gen 33:17 NIV) Jacob, however, went to Succoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Succoth.

(Gen 33:18 NIV) After Jacob came from Paddan Aram, he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city.

(Gen 33:19 NIV) For a hundred pieces of silver, he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent.

(Gen 33:20 NIV) There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.

Jul 11th 2014, 10:47 PM

(Gen 34:1 NIV) Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land.

(Gen 34:2 NIV) When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and violated her.
KJV reads (Gen 34:2) And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.

(Gen 34:3 NIV) His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her.

(Gen 34:4 NIV) And Shechem said to his father Hamor, "Get me this girl as my wife."

(Gen 34:5 NIV) When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he kept quiet about it until they came home.

(Gen 34:6 NIV) Then Shechem's father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob.

(Gen 34:7 NIV) Now Jacob's sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were filled with grief and fury, because Shechem had done a disgraceful thing in Israel by lying with Jacob's daughter--a thing that should not be done.

(Gen 34:8 NIV) But Hamor said to them, "My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife.

(Gen 34:9 NIV) Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves.

(Gen 34:10 NIV) You can settle among us; the land is open to you. Live in it, trade in it, and acquire property in it."

(Gen 34:11 NIV) Then Shechem said to Dinah's father and brothers, "Let me find favor in your eyes, and I will give you whatever you ask.

(Gen 34:12 NIV) Make the price for the bride and the gift I am to bring as great as you like, and I'll pay whatever you ask me. Only give me the girl as my wife."

(Gen 34:13 NIV) Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob's sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor.

(Gen 34:14 NIV) They said to them, "We can't do such a thing; we can't give our sister to a man who is not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us.

(Gen 34:15 NIV) We will give our consent to you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males.

(Gen 34:16 NIV) Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves. We'll settle among you and become one people with you.

(Gen 34:17 NIV) But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we'll take our sister and go."

(Gen 34:18 NIV) Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem.

(Gen 34:19 NIV) The young man, who was the most honored of all his father's household, lost no time in doing what they said, because he was delighted with Jacob's daughter.

(Gen 34:20 NIV) So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city to speak to their fellow townsmen.

(Gen 34:21 NIV) "These men are friendly toward us," they said. "Let them live in our land and trade in it; the land has plenty of room for them. We can marry their daughters and they can marry ours.

(Gen 34:22 NIV) But the men will consent to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males be circumcised, as they themselves are.

(Gen 34:23 NIV) Won't their livestock, their property and all their other animals become ours? So let us give our consent to them, and they will settle among us."

(Gen 34:24 NIV) All the men who went out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised.

(Gen 34:25 NIV) Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, two of Jacob's sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, took their swords and attacked the unsuspecting city, killing every male.

(Gen 34:26 NIV) They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah from Shechem's house and left.

(Gen 34:27 NIV) The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city where their sister had been defiled.

(Gen 34:28 NIV) They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields.

(Gen 34:29 NIV) They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses.

(Gen 34:30 NIV) Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have brought trouble on me by making me a stench to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed."

Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi had deceived Shechem and his father Hamor (Gen 34:13) and had made Jacob a stench to the Canaanites and Perizzites.

Stench – The KJV translation uses the word stink.

Stink H887. ba'ash, baw-ash'; a prim.root; to smell bad; fig. to be offensive morally:--(make to) be abhorred (had in abomination, loathsome, odious), (cause a, make to) stink (-ingsavour), X utterly.

(Gen 34:31 NIV) But they replied, "Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?"

Before Jacob died, this is what he said about his two sons, Simeon and Levi - Genesis 49:5-7 (NIV)
5 “Simeon and Levi are brothers—their swords[a (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+49%3A5-7&version=NIV#fen-NIV-1479a)] are weapons of violence.
6 Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly, for they have killed men in their anger and hamstrung oxen as they pleased.
7 Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury, so cruel! I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel.

Jul 18th 2014, 10:02 PM

(Gen 35:1 NIV) Then God said to Jacob, "Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau."

(Gen 35:2 NIV) So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes.

(Gen 35:3 NIV) Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone."

(Gen 35:4 NIV) So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem.

(Gen 35:5 NIV) Then they set out, and the terror of God fell upon the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.

(Gen 35:6 NIV) Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan.

(Gen 35:7 NIV) There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

(See Genesis 28:10-19)

(Gen 35:8 NIV) Now Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died and was buried under the oak below Bethel. So it was named AllonBacuth.

(Gen 35:9 NIV) After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again and blessed him.

(Gen 35:10 NIV) God said to him, "Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel. " So he named him Israel.

God gave him a new name Israel. In the same place he spoken to Jacob when fleeing from his brother Esau (Gen 18:10-19), God also spoke to Jacob again.

(Gen 35:11 NIV) And God said to him, "I am God Almighty ; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from your body.

(Gen 35:12 NIV) The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you."

(Gen 35:13 NIV) Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him.

(Gen 35:14 NIV) Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it.

(Gen 35:15 NIV) Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.

(Gen 35:16 NIV) Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty.

(Gen 35:17 NIV) And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, "Don't be afraid, for you have another son."

(Gen 35:18 NIV) As she breathed her last--for she was dying--she named her son Ben-Oni. But his father named him Benjamin.

Rachael dies, but named her son Ben-Oni later renamed BENJAMIN by Jacob.

(Gen 35:19 NIV) So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).

(Gen 35:20 NIV) Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel's tomb.

(Gen 35:21 NIV) Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder.

(Gen 35:22 NIV) While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father's concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it. Jacob had twelve sons:


(Gen 35:23 NIV) The sons of Leah: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.

Leah: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.

(Gen 35:24 NIV) The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.

Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.

(Gen 35:25 NIV) The sons of Rachel's maidservant Bilhah: Dan and Naphtali.

Rachel's maidservant Bilhah: Dan and Naphtali.

(Gen 35:26 NIV) The sons of Leah's maidservant Zilpah: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan Aram.

Leah's maidservant Zilpah: Gad and Asher.

(Gen 35:27 NIV) Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near KiriathArba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed.

(Gen 35:28 NIV) Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years.

Issac died at the age of 180 years.

(Gen 35:29 NIV) Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

Jul 19th 2014, 04:10 AM
I just thought I'd comment. I am really enjoying studying about Jacob along with you.

I love Bible study, and this is a good subject for me to review. Thank you for sharing your study.

Jul 25th 2014, 09:22 PM

Genesis Chapter 36, gives an account of Esau and his ancestory.

(Gen 25:23 NIV) The LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger."

The nation of the Edom (Edomites), through Esau.
The nation of the Israel (Israelites), through Jacob.

(Gen 36:1 NIV) This is the account of Esau (that is, Edom).

Esau was the father of the nation of the Edomites.

(Gen 36:2 NIV) Esau took his wives from the women of Canaan: Adah daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite--

(Gen 36:3 NIV) also Basemath daughter of Ishmael and sister of Nebaioth.

(Gen 36:4 NIV) Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau, Basemath bore Reuel,

(Gen 36:5 NIV) and Oholibamah bore Jeush, Jalam and Korah. These were the sons of Esau, who were born to him in Canaan.

(Gen 36:6 NIV) Esau took his wives and sons and daughters and all the members of his household, as well as his livestock and all his other animals and all the goods he had acquired in Canaan, and moved to a land some distance from his brother Jacob.

(Gen 36:7 NIV) Their possessions were too great for them to remain together; the land where they were staying could not support them both because of their livestock. Esau was blessed for he had many possessions.

(Gen 36:8 NIV) So Esau (that is, Edom) settled in the hill country of Seir.

(Gen 36:9 NIV) This is the account of Esau the father of the Edomites in the hill country of Seir.

(Gen 36:10 NIV) These are the names of Esau's sons: Eliphaz, the son of Esau's wife Adah, and Reuel, the son of Esau's wife Basemath.

(Gen 36:11 NIV) The sons of Eliphaz: Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam and Kenaz.

(Gen 36:12 NIV) Esau's son Eliphaz also had a concubine named Timna, who bore him Amalek. These were grandsons of Esau's wife Adah.

(Gen 36:13 NIV) The sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were grandsons of Esau's wife Basemath.

(Gen 36:14 NIV) The sons of Esau's wife Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon, whom she bore to Esau: Jeush, Jalam and Korah.

(Gen 36:15 NIV) These were the chiefs among Esau's descendants: The sons of Eliphaz the firstborn of Esau: Chiefs Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz,

(Gen 36:16 NIV) Korah, Gatam and Amalek. These were the chiefs descended from Eliphaz in Edom; they were grandsons of Adah.

(Gen 36:17 NIV) The sons of Esau's son Reuel: Chiefs Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were the chiefs descended from Reuel in Edom; they were grandsons of Esau's wife Basemath.

(Gen 36:18 NIV) The sons of Esau's wife Oholibamah: Chiefs Jeush, Jalam and Korah. These were the chiefs descended from Esau's wife Oholibamah daughter of Anah.

(Gen 36:19 NIV) These were the sons of Esau (that is, Edom), and these were their chiefs.

(Gen 36:20 NIV) These were the sons of Seir the Horite, who were living in the region: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah,

(Gen 36:21 NIV) Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. These sons of Seir in Edom were Horite chiefs.

(Gen 36:22 NIV) The sons of Lotan: Hori and Homam. Timna was Lotan's sister.

(Gen 36:23 NIV) The sons of Shobal: Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho and Onam.

(Gen 36:24 NIV) The sons of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah. This is the Anah who discovered the hot springs in the desert while he was grazing the donkeys of his father Zibeon.

(Gen 36:25 NIV) The children of Anah: Dishon and Oholibamah daughter of Anah.

(Gen 36:26 NIV) The sons of Dishon:Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran and Keran.

(Gen 36:27 NIV) The sons of Ezer: Bilhan, Zaavan and Akan.

(Gen 36:28 NIV) The sons of Dishan: Uz and Aran.

(Gen 36:29 NIV) These were the Horite chiefs: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah,

(Gen 36:30 NIV) Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. These were the Horite chiefs, according to their divisions, in the land of Seir.

(Gen 36:31 NIV) These were the kings who reigned in Edom before any Israelite king reigned :

The kings of Edom, before Israel had kings.

(Gen 36:32 NIV) Bela son of Beor became king of Edom. His city was named Dinhabah.

(Gen 36:33 NIV) When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah succeeded him as king.

(Gen 36:34 NIV) When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites succeeded him as king.

(Gen 36:35 NIV) When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the country of Moab, succeeded him as king. His city was named Avith.

(Gen 36:36 NIV) When Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah succeeded him as king.

(Gen 36:37 NIV) When Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the river succeeded him as king.

(Gen 36:38 NIV) When Shaul died, Baal-Hanan son of Acbor succeeded him as king.

(Gen 36:39 NIV) When Baal-Hanan son of Acbor died, Hadad succeeded him as king. His city was named Pau, and his wife's name was Mehetabel daughter of Matred, the daughter of Me-Zahab.

(Gen 36:40 NIV) These were the chiefs descended from Esau, by name, according to their clans and regions: Timna, Alvah, Jetheth,

(Gen 36:41 NIV) Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon,

(Gen 36:42 NIV) Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar,

(Gen 36:43 NIV) Magdiel and Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom, according to their settlements in the land they occupied. This was Esau the father of the Edomites.

Aug 1st 2014, 09:58 PM

(Gen 37:1 NIV) Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.

(Gen 37:2 NIV) This is the account of Jacob. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.

The account of Joseph, Jacobs son, born of Rachael (Gen 30:25).

(Gen 37:3 NIV) Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him.

The KJV reads: (Gen 37:3 KJV) Now 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.

Coat: H3801. kethoneth, keth-o'-neth; or kuttoneth, koot-to'-neth; from an unused root mean. to cover [comp. H3802]: a shirt:--coat, garment, robe.

Colours: H6446. pac, pas; from H6461; prop. the palm (of the hand) or sole (of the foot) [comp. H6447]; by impl. (plur.) a long and sleeved tunic (perh. simply a wide one; from the orig. sense of the root, i.e. of many breadths):--(divers) colours.

(Gen 37:4 NIV) When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.

Joseph’s brothers hated him and did not speak to him because Israel (Jacob) loved him more than any of them.

(Gen 37:5 NIV) Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.

(Gen 37:6 NIV) He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had:

Joseph’s dream.

(Gen 37:7 NIV) We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it."

(Gen 37:8 NIV) His brothers said to him, "Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?" And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.

Joseph’s brothers hatred for him increased.

(Gen 37:9 NIV) Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. "Listen," he said, "I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me."

Joseph’s second dream.

(Gen 37:10 NIV) When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, "What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?"

Israel (Jacob) rebuked his son Joseph. Rebuked H1605.ga'ar, gaw-ar'; a prim.root; to chide:--corrupt, rebuke, reprove.

(Gen 37:11 NIV) His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

Joseph’s brothers were Jealous of him. Adding to their hatred of him.

(Gen 37:12 NIV) Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem,

(Gen 37:13 NIV) and Israel said to Joseph, "As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them." "Very well," he replied.

(Gen 37:14 NIV) So he said to him, "Go and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to me." Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron. When Joseph arrived at Shechem,

(Gen 37:15 NIV) a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, "What are you looking for?"

(Gen 37:16 NIV) He replied, "I'm looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?"

(Gen 37:17 NIV) "They have moved on from here," the man answered. "I heard them say, 'Let's go to Dothan.'" So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan.

(Gen 37:18 NIV) But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.

Joseph’s brothers plotted to kill him.

(Gen 37:19 NIV) "Here comes that dreamer!" they said to each other.

(Gen 37:20 NIV) "Come now, let's kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we'll see what comes of his dreams."

(Gen 37:21 NIV) When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. "Let's not take his life," he said.

Reuben (Jacobs son born of Leah – Genesis 29:32), one of Joseph’s brother tried to rescue him from his brothers.

(Gen 37:22 NIV) "Don't shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the desert, but don't lay a hand on him." Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.

KJV reads (Gen 37:24 KJV) And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
Pit H953. bowr, bore; from H952 (in the sense of H877); a pit hole (espec. one used as a cistern or prison):--cistern, dungeon, fountain, pit, well.

(Gen 37:23 NIV) So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe--the richly ornamented robe he was wearing--

(Gen 37:24 NIV) and they took him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.

(Gen 37:25 NIV) As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.

(Gen 37:26 NIV) Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?

(Gen 37:27 NIV) Come, let's sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood." His brothers agreed.

(Gen 37:28 NIV) So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

Jacobs brothers sold him to the Ishmaelites, also called Midianites for 20 shekels of silver. The Ishmaelites (Midianites)were the sons of Abraham (Genesis 25:2)

(Gen 37:29 NIV) When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.

(Gen 37:30 NIV) He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! Where can I turn now?"

(Gen 37:31 NIV) Then they got Joseph's robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.

Joseph’s brothers dipped his robe in the blood of a killed goat, in order make it appear that he had been killed by an animal.

(Gen 37:32 NIV) They took the ornamented robe back to their father and said, "We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son's robe."

They took it back to their father Israel (Jacob).

(Gen 37:33 NIV) He recognized it and said, "It is my son's robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces."

(Gen 37:34 NIV) Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days.

Jacob mourned for Joseph, for he loved Joseph more than any of his other sons(Gen 37:4 NIV).

(Gen 37:35 NIV) All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. "No," he said, "in mourning will I go down to the grave to my son." So his father wept for him.

(Gen 37:36 NIV) Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.

Joseph was sold in Egypt to Potiphar one of Pharaoh’s officials.

Aug 8th 2014, 10:47 PM

(Gen 38:1 NIV) At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah.

Judah, Jacobs son born of Leah – (Gen 29:35).

(Gen 38:2 NIV) There Judah met the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua. He married her and lay with her;

(Gen 38:3 NIV) she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, who was named Er.

(Gen 38:4 NIV) She conceived again and gave birth to a son and named him Onan.

(Gen 38:5 NIV) She gave birth to still another son and named him Shelah. It was at Kezib that she gave birth to him.

(Gen 38:6 NIV) Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar.

(Gen 38:7 NIV) But Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the Lord's sight; so the LORD put him to death.

Er was put to death because he was wicked in the Lords sight.

(Gen 38:8 NIV) Then Judah said to Onan, "Lie with your brother's wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to produce offspring for your brother."

(Gen 38:9 NIV) But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he lay with his brother's wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from producing offspring for his brother.

(Gen 38:10 NIV) What he did was wicked in the Lord's sight; so he put him to death also.

Onan was also put to death because he was wicked in the Lords sight.

(Gen 38:11 NIV) Judah then said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, "Live as a widow in your father's house until my son Shelah grows up." For he thought, "He may die too, just like his brothers." So Tamar went to live in her father's house.

(Gen 38:12 NIV) After a long time Judah's wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had recovered from his grief, he went up to Timnah, to the men who were shearing his sheep, and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went with him.

(Gen 38:13 NIV) When Tamar was told, "Your father-in-law is on his way to Timnah to shear his sheep,"

(Gen 38:14 NIV) she took off her widow's clothes, covered herself with a veil to disguise herself, and then sat down at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to

Timnah. For she saw that, though Shelah had now grown up, she had not been given to him as his wife.

(Gen 38:15 NIV) When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face.

KJV reads (Gen 38:15 KJV) When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.

Harlot H2181.zanah, zaw-naw'; a prim. root [highly fed and therefore wanton]; to commit adultery (usually of the female, and less often of simple fornication, rarely of involuntary ravishment); fig. to commit idolatry (the Jewish people being regarded as the spouse of Jehovah):--(cause to) commit fornication, X continually, X great, (be an, play the) harlot, (cause to be, play the) whore, (commit, fall to) whoredom, (cause to) go a-whoring, whorish.

(Gen 38:16 NIV) Not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, he went over to her by the roadside and said, "Come now, let me sleep with you." "And what will you give me to sleep with you?" she asked.

(Gen 38:17 NIV) "I'll send you a young goat from my flock," he said. "Will you give me something as a pledge until you send it?" she asked.

(Gen 38:18 NIV) He said, "What pledge should I give you?" "Your seal and its cord, and the staff in your hand," she answered. So he gave them to her and slept with her, and she became pregnant by him.

(Gen 38:19 NIV) After she left, she took off her veil and put on her widow's clothes again.

(Gen 38:20 NIV) Meanwhile Judah sent the young goat by his friend the Adullamite in order to get his pledge back from the woman, but he did not find her.

(Gen 38:21 NIV) He asked the men who lived there, "Where is the shrine prostitute who was beside the road at Enaim?" "There hasn't been any shrine prostitute here," they said.

(Gen 38:22 NIV) So he went back to Judah and said, "I didn't find her. Besides, the men who lived there said, 'There hasn't been any shrine prostitute here.'"

KJV reads (Gen 38:22) And he returned to Judah, and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the place said, that there was no harlot in this place.

(Gen 38:23 NIV) Then Judah said, "Let her keep what she has, or we will become a laughingstock. After all, I did send her this young goat, but you didn't find her."

(Gen 38:24 NIV) About three months later Judah was told, "Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant." Judah said, "Bring her out and have her burned to death!"

KJV reads (Gen 38:24) And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.

Whoredom H2183.zanuwn, zaw-noon'; from H2181; adultery; fig. idolatry:--whoredom.

(Gen 38:25 NIV) As she was being brought out, she sent a message to her father-in-law. "I am pregnant by the man who owns these," she said. And she added, "See if you recognize whose seal and cord and staff these are."

(Gen 38:26 NIV) Judah recognized them and said, "She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn't give her to my son Shelah." And he did not sleep with her again.

(Gen 38:27 NIV) When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb.

(Gen 38:28 NIV) As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, "This one came out first."

(Gen 38:29 NIV) But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said, "So this is how you have broken out!" And he was named Perez.

(Gen 38:30 NIV) Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out and he was given the name Zerah.

Aug 15th 2014, 09:26 PM

Joseph in Egypt

(Gen 39:1 NIV) Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.

Ishameelites also called Midianites, the sons of Abraham (Genesis 25:2).

(Gen 39:2 NIV) The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.

KJV reads (Gen 39:2 KJV) And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

Master H113. 'adown, aw-done', or (short.) 'adon, aw-done'; from an unused root (mean to rule); sovereign, i.e. controller (human or divine):--lord, master, owner. Comp. also names beginning with "Adoni-".

(Gen 39:3 NIV) When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did,

(Gen 39:4 NIV) Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.

KJV reads (Gen 39:4) And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.

Grace H2580.chen, khane; from H2603; graciousness, i.e. subj. (kindness, favor) or objective (beauty):--favour, grace (-ious), pleasant, precious, [well-] favoured.

Overseer H6485.paqad, paw-kad'; a prim.root; to visit (with friendly or hostile intent); by anal. to oversee, muster, charge, care for, miss, deposit, etc.:--appoint, X at all, avenge, bestow, (appoint to have the, give a) charge, commit, count, deliver to keep, be empty, enjoin, go see, hurt, do judgment, lack, lay up look, make X by any means, miss, number, officer, (make) overseer have (the) oversight, punish, reckon, (call to) remember (-brance), set (over), sum, X surely, visit, want.

(Gen 39:5 NIV) From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the LORD was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.

(Gen 39:6 NIV) So he left in Joseph's care everything he had; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,

(Gen 39:7 NIV) and after a while his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said, "Come to bed with me!"

Because Joseph was handsome, Potiphar’s wife wanted to sleep with him.

KJV reads (Gen 39:7) And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

Lie H7901. shakab, shaw-kab'; a prim. root; to lie down (for rest, sexual connection, decease or any other purpose):-- X at all, cast down, ([over-]) lay (self) (down), (make to) lie (down, down to sleep, still, with), lodge, ravish, take rest, sleep, stay.

(Gen 39:8 NIV) But he refused. "With me in charge," he told her, "my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care.

(Gen 39:9 NIV) No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?"

(Gen 39:10 NIV) And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.

(Gen 39:11 NIV) One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside.

(Gen 39:12 NIV) She caught him by his cloak and said, "Come to bed with me!" But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.

(Gen 39:13 NIV) When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house,

(Gen 39:14 NIV) she called her household servants. "Look," she said to them, "this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed.

KJV reads (Gen 39:17) And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:

Mock H6711.tsachaq, tsaw-khak'; a prim.root; to laugh outright (in merriment or scorn); by impl. to sport:--laugh, mock, play, make sport.

(Gen 39:15 NIV) When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house."

(Gen 39:16 NIV) She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home.

(Gen 39:17 NIV) Then she told him this story: "That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me.

(Gen 39:18 NIV) But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house."

(Gen 39:19 NIV) When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, "This is how your slave treated me," he burned with anger.

(Gen 39:20 NIV) Joseph's master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison,

Joseph was put into prison because of Potiphar’s wifes lie.

(Gen 39:21 NIV) the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.

(Gen 39:22 NIV) So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there.

(Gen 39:23 NIV) The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph's care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

Aug 22nd 2014, 11:53 PM

(Gen 40:1 NIV) Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt.

KJV reads (Gen 40:1) And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.

Butler H4945.mashqeh, mash-keh'; from H8248; prop. causing to drink, i.e. a butler; by impl. (intrans.) drink (itself); fig. a well-watered region:--butler (-ship), cupbearer, drink (-ing), fat pasture, watered.

Baker H644. 'aphah, aw-faw'; a prim. root; to cook, espec. to bake:--bake, (-r, [-meats]).

(Gen 40:2 NIV) Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker,

(Gen 40:3 NIV) and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined.

(Gen 40:4 NIV) The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them. After they had been in custody for some time,

(Gen 40:5 NIV) each of the two men--the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison--had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.

(Gen 40:6 NIV) When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected.

The KJV uses the word sad, instead of dejected.

(Gen 40:7 NIV) So he asked Pharaoh's officials who were in custody with him in his master's house, "Why are your faces so sad today?"

(Gen 40:8 NIV) "We both had dreams," they answered, "but there is no one to interpret them." Then Joseph said to them, "Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams."

Note: Joseph so far to this point has shown amazing faith. The bible does not record any bitterness from Joseph, even though he had injustices done to him. His brothers tried to kill him (Gen 37:29-31) and had sold him to the Ishmaelites (Gen 29:31) and now Potiphar’s wife has falsely accused him and he was put in prison. Joseph did not give up on his faith and he did not become bitter through the injustices which had been done to him.

Joesph could easily have easily refused to help interpret the dreams, because of the injustices he had faced, but shows amazing character by helping.

The Butlers (cupbearers) dream.

(Gen 40:9 NIV) So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, "In my dream I saw a vine in front of me,

(Gen 40:10 NIV) and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes.

(Gen 40:11 NIV) Pharaoh's cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh's cup and put the cup in his hand."

Joseph interprets the dream.

(Gen 40:12 NIV) "This is what it means," Joseph said to him. "The three branches are three days.

(Gen 40:13 NIV) Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh's cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer.

(Gen 40:14 NIV) But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.

(Gen 40:15 NIV) For I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon."

The Bakers dream.

(Gen 40:16 NIV) When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation, he said to Joseph, "I too had a dream: On my head were three baskets of bread.

(Gen 40:17 NIV) In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head."

Joseph interprets the Bakers dream.

(Gen 40:18 NIV) "This is what it means," Joseph said. "The three baskets are three days.

(Gen 40:19 NIV) Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and hang you on a tree. And the birds will eat away your flesh."

(Gen 40:20 NIV) Now the third day was Pharaoh's birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials:

(Gen 40:21 NIV) He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh's hand,

(Gen 40:22 NIV) but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.

(Gen 40:23 NIV) The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

Aug 29th 2014, 09:19 PM

Pharoah’s dream.

(Gen 41:1 NIV) When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile,

Joseph was still imprisoned after two years. Joseph could easily be have looked at the circumstances that surrounded him and asked: God are you sure this is your will for my life? Have you abandoned me? Have I sinned and done something wrong to deserve all these injustices in my life? Why havn’t you rescued me in this situation? Where are you God?

Yet Joseph says nothing like this. He has no bitterness even with the circumstances he faced. Joseph is a man of amazing faith and is listed in Hebrews 11:22 as one who had faith.

(Gen 41:2 NIV) when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds.

(Gen 41:3 NIV) After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank.

(Gen 41:4 NIV) And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.

Pharoah’s Second Dream

(Gen 41:5 NIV) He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk.

(Gen 41:6 NIV) After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted--thin and scorched by the east wind.

(Gen 41:7 NIV) The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.

(Gen 41:8 NIV) In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him.

No one could interpret the dream

(Gen 41:9 NIV) Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, "Today I am reminded of my shortcomings.

(Gen 41:10 NIV) Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard.

(Gen 41:11 NIV) Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.

(Gen 41:12 NIV) Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream.

(Gen 41:13 NIV) And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was hanged."

(Gen 41:14 NIV) So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.

(Gen 41:15 NIV) Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it."

(Gen 41:16 NIV) "I cannot do it," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires."

Jacob’s interpretation of the dream came from God, not through his own ability.

(Gen 41:17 NIV) Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile,

(Gen 41:18 NIV) when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds.

(Gen 41:19 NIV) After them, seven other cows came up--scrawny and very ugly and lean. I had never seen such ugly cows in all the land of Egypt.

(Gen 41:20 NIV) The lean, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first.

(Gen 41:21 NIV) But even after they ate them, no one could tell that they had done so; they looked just as ugly as before. Then I woke up.

(Gen 41:22 NIV) "In my dreams I also saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk.

(Gen 41:23 NIV) After them, seven other heads sprouted--withered and thin and scorched by the east wind.

(Gen 41:24 NIV) The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads. I told this to the magicians, but none could explain it to me."

(Gen 41:25 NIV) Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.

God reveals the meaning of the dreams to Joseph.

(Gen 41:26 NIV) The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream.

(Gen 41:27 NIV) The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterward are seven years, and so are the seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind: They are seven years of famine.

(Gen 41:28 NIV) "It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.

(Gen 41:29 NIV) Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt,

(Gen 41:30 NIV) but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land.

(Gen 41:31 NIV) The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe.

(Gen 41:32 NIV) The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.

The Pharaoh of Egypt listened to Joseph and Egypt was blessed.

(Gen 41:33 NIV) "And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt.

(Gen 41:34 NIV) Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.

(Gen 41:35 NIV) They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food.

(Gen 41:36 NIV) This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine."

(Gen 41:37 NIV) The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials.

(Gen 41:38 NIV) So Pharaoh asked them, "Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?"

(Gen 41:39 NIV) Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.

(Gen 41:40 NIV) You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you."

(Gen 41:41 NIV) So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt."

Pharaoh appoints Joseph to be in charge of Egypt.

(Gen 41:42 NIV) Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph's finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.

(Gen 41:43 NIV) He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and men shouted before him, "Make way !" Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.

(Gen 41:44 NIV) Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt."

(Gen 41:45 NIV) Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.

(Gen 41:46 NIV) Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh's presence and traveled throughout Egypt.

(Gen 41:47 NIV) During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully.

The seven years of abundance.

(Gen 41:48 NIV) Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it.

(Gen 41:49 NIV) Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.

(Gen 41:50 NIV) Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.

(Gen 41:51 NIV) Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, "It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father's household."

(Gen 41:52 NIV) The second son he named Ephraim and said, "It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering."

(Gen 41:53 NIV) The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end,

(Gen 41:54 NIV) and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food.

The seven years of famine.

(Gen 41:55 NIV) When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph and do what he tells you."

(Gen 41:56 NIV) When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt.

(Gen 41:57 NIV) And all the countries came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the world.

Sep 5th 2014, 09:57 PM

Even Jacob (Israel) and his descendants who had the blessings of God on their lives were affected by the famine.

(Gen 42:1 NIV) When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why do you just keep looking at each other?"

(Gen 42:2 NIV) He continued, "I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die."

(Gen 42:3 NIV) Then ten of Joseph's brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt.

(Gen 42:4 NIV) But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph's brother, with the others, because he was afraid that harm might come to him.

(Gen 42:5 NIV) So Israel's sons were among those who went to buy grain, for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.

(Gen 42:6 NIV) Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the one who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph's brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.

A fulfillment of Josephs dream many years before as written in Genesis 37:7-9.

(Gen 42:7 NIV) As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. "Where do you come from?" he asked. "From the land of Canaan," they replied, "to buy food."

(Gen 42:8 NIV) Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.

(Gen 42:9 NIV) Then he remembered his dreams about them and said to them, "You are spies! You have come to see where our land is unprotected."

(Gen 42:10 NIV) "No, my lord," they answered. "Your servants have come to buy food.

(Gen 42:11 NIV) We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies."

(Gen 42:12 NIV) "No!" he said to them. "You have come to see where our land is unprotected."

(Gen 42:13 NIV) But they replied, "Your servants were twelve brothers, the sons of one man, who lives in the land of Canaan. The youngest is now with our father, and one is no more."

(Gen 42:14 NIV) Joseph said to them, "It is just as I told you: You are spies!

(Gen 42:15 NIV) And this is how you will be tested: As surely as Pharaoh lives, you will not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here.

(Gen 42:16 NIV) Send one of your number to get your brother; the rest of you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be tested to see if you are telling the truth. If you are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!"

(Gen 42:17 NIV) And he put them all in custody for three days.

(Gen 42:18 NIV) On the third day, Joseph said to them, "Do this and you will live, for I fear God:

(Gen 42:19 NIV) If you are honest men, let one of your brothers stay here in prison, while the rest of you go and take grain back for your starving households.

(Gen 42:20 NIV) But you must bring your youngest brother to me, so that your words may be verified and that you may not die." This they proceeded to do.

(Gen 42:21 NIV) They said to one another, "Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that's why this distress has come upon us."

(Gen 42:22 NIV) Reuben replied, "Didn't I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn't listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood."

(See Genesis 27:21-22)

(Gen 42:23 NIV) They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.

(Gen 42:24 NIV) He turned away from them and began to weep, but then turned back and spoke to them again. He had Simeon taken from them and bound before their eyes.

Even though his brothers had tried to kill him, Joseph wept for his brothers. The compassion and love he had for his family and brothers, even though they had tried to kill him and sold him. Joseph a man of amazing faith and love.

(Gen 42:25 NIV) Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain, to put each man's silver back in his sack, and to give them provisions for their journey. After this was done for them,

(Gen 42:26 NIV) they loaded their grain on their donkeys and left.

Joseph gave them grain, provisions as well as their silver to take back to their father. Joseph had given them grain for free. Providing for his family and brothers

(Gen 42:27 NIV) At the place where they stopped for the night one of them opened his sack to get feed for his donkey, and he saw his silver in the mouth of his sack.

(Gen 42:28 NIV) "My silver has been returned," he said to his brothers. "Here it is in my sack." Their hearts sank and they turned to each other trembling and said, "What is this that God has done to us?"

(Gen 42:29 NIV) When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them. They said,

(Gen 42:30 NIV) "The man who is lord over the land spoke harshly to us and treated us as though we were spying on the land.

(Gen 42:31 NIV) But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies.

(Gen 42:32 NIV) We were twelve brothers, sons of one father. One is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in Canaan.'

(Gen 42:33 NIV) "Then the man who is lord over the land said to us, 'This is how I will know whether you are honest men: Leave one of your brothers here with me, and take food for your starving households and go.

(Gen 42:34 NIV) But bring your youngest brother to me so I will know that you are not spies but honest men. Then I will give your brother back to you, and you can trade in the land.'"

(Gen 42:35 NIV) As they were emptying their sacks, there in each man's sack was his pouch of silver! When they and their father saw the money pouches, they were frightened.

(Gen 42:36 NIV) Their father Jacob said to them, "You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!"

Jacob believed both his sons were dead (Joseph and Simeon) but both were alive.

(Gen 42:37 NIV) Then Reuben said to his father, "You may put both of my sons to death if I do not bring him back to you. Entrust him to my care, and I will bring him back."

(Gen 42:38 NIV) But Jacob said, "My son will not go down there with you; his brother is dead and he is the only one left. If harm comes to him on the journey you are taking, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in sorrow."

Sep 5th 2014, 10:13 PM
Chad, isn't this a FASINATING study!!

I'm loving the review of it with you. I certainly pray others are reading along in this study. It is life changing!

Sep 12th 2014, 09:03 PM

(Gen 43:1 NIV) Now the famine was still severe in the land.

(Gen 43:2 NIV) So when they had eaten all the grain they had brought from Egypt, theirfather said to them, "Go back and buy us a little more food."

(Gen 43:3 NIV) But Judah said to him, "The man warned us solemnly, 'You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.'

Judah (Jacobs son born of Leah.)

(Gen 43:4 NIV) If you will send our brother along with us, we will go down and buy food for you.

(Gen 43:5 NIV) But if you will not send him, we will not go down, because the man said to us, 'You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.'"

(Gen 43:6 NIV) Israel asked, "Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man you had another brother?"

(Gen 43:7 NIV) They replied, "The man questioned us closely about ourselves and our family. 'Is your father still living?' he asked us. 'Do you have another brother?' We simply answered his questions. How were we to know he would say, 'Bring your brother down here'?"

(Gen 43:8 NIV) Then Judah said to Israel his father, "Send the boy along with me and we will go at once, so that we and you and our children may live and not die.

(Gen 43:9 NIV) I myself will guarantee his safety; you can hold me personally responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him here before you, I will bear the blame before you all my life.

(Gen 43:10 NIV) As it is, if we had not delayed, we could have gone and returned twice."

(Gen 43:11 NIV) Then their father Israel said to them, "If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift--a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.

Even during times of severe famine Jacob(Israel) gave the best of what the family had as a gift.

(Gen 43:12 NIV) Take double the amount of silver with you, for you must return the silver that was put back into the mouths of your sacks. Perhaps it was a mistake.

And gave back the silver which he thought was given in mistake. Jacob (Israel) was careful and honest, even in times of great need.

(Gen 43:13 NIV) Take your brother also and go back to the man at once.

(Gen 43:14 NIV) And may God Almighty grant you mercy before the man so that he will let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you. As for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved."

(Gen 43:15 NIV) So the men took the gifts and double the amount of silver, and Benjamin also. They hurried down to Egypt and presented themselves to Joseph.

(Gen 43:16 NIV) When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, "Take these men to my house, slaughter an animal and prepare dinner; they are to eat with me at noon."

Joseph wanted to have dinner with his brothers.

(Gen 43:17 NIV) The man did as Joseph told him and took the men to Joseph's house.

(Gen 43:18 NIV) Now the men were frightened when they were taken to his house. They thought, "We were brought here because of the silver that was put back into our sacks the first time. He wants to attack us and overpower us and seize us as slaves and take our donkeys."

(Gen 43:19 NIV) So they went up to Joseph's steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.

(Gen 43:20 NIV) "Please, sir," they said, "we came down here the first time to buy food.

(Gen 43:21 NIV) But at the place where we stopped for the night we opened our sacks and each of us found his silver--the exact weight--in the mouth of his sack. So we have brought it back with us.

(Gen 43:22 NIV) We have also brought additional silver with us to buy food. We don't know who put our silver in our sacks."

(Gen 43:23 NIV) "It's all right," he said. "Don't be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks; I received your silver." Then he brought Simeon out to them.

Joseph had provided for his father and brothers.

(Gen 43:24 NIV) The steward took the men into Joseph's house, gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys.

(Gen 43:25 NIV) They prepared their gifts for Joseph's arrival at noon, because they had heard that they were to eat there.

(Gen 43:26 NIV) When Joseph came home, they presented to him the gifts they had brought into the house, and they bowed down before him to the ground.

A fulfillment of Genesis 37:6-9.

(Gen 43:27 NIV) He asked them how they were, and then he said, "How is your aged father you told me about? Is he still living?"

(Gen 43:28 NIV) They replied, "Your servant our father is still alive and well." And they bowed low to pay him honor.

(Gen 43:29 NIV) As he looked about and saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother's son, he asked, "Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?" And he said, "God be gracious to you, my son."

Joseph was more concerned about his family’s well being more than the fact that his brothers bowed down to him. He wanted them to have enough food and silver so they would not starve during the famine. He had given them extra and blessed them because he cared for them.

(Gen 43:30 NIV) Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.

(Gen 43:31 NIV) After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, "Serve the food."

(Gen 43:32 NIV) They served him by himself, the brothers by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because Egyptians could not eat with Hebrews, for that is detestable to Egyptians.

(Gen 43:33 NIV) The men had been seated before him in the order of their ages, from the firstborn to the youngest; and they looked at each other in astonishment.

(Gen 43:34 NIV) When portions were served to them from Joseph's table, Benjamin's portion was five times as much as anyone else's. So they feasted and drank freely with him.

Joseph again provided in abundance for his brothers, five times the portions of anyone else’s.

Sep 21st 2014, 02:27 AM

(Gen 44:1 NIV) Now Joseph gave these instructions to the steward of his house: "Fill the men's sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man's silver in the mouth of his sack.

Joseph again provided for his father and brothers.

(Gen 44:2 NIV) Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one's sack, along with the silver for his grain." And he did as Joseph said.

(Gen 44:3 NIV) As morning dawned, the men were sent on their way with their donkeys.

(Gen 44:4 NIV) They had not gone far from the city when Joseph said to his steward, "Go after those men at once, and when you catch up with them, say to them, 'Why have you repaid good with evil?

(Gen 44:5 NIV) Isn't this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination? This is a wicked thing you have done.'"

(Gen 44:6 NIV) When he caught up with them, he repeated these words to them.

(Gen 44:7 NIV) But they said to him, "Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do anything like that!

(Gen 44:8 NIV) We even brought back to you from the land of Canaan the silver we found inside the mouths of our sacks. So why would we steal silver or gold from your master's house?

(Gen 44:9 NIV) If any of your servants is found to have it, he will die; and the rest of us will become my lord's slaves."

(Gen 44:10 NIV) "Very well, then," he said, "let it be as you say. Whoever is found to have it will become my slave; the rest of you will be free from blame."

(Gen 44:11 NIV) Each of them quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it.

(Gen 44:12 NIV) Then the steward proceeded to search, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest. And the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.

(Gen 44:13 NIV) At this, they tore their clothes. Then they all loaded their donkeys and returned to the city.

(Gen 44:14 NIV) Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers came in, and they threw themselves to the ground before him.

(Gen 44:15 NIV) Joseph said to them, "What is this you have done? Don't you know that a man like me can find things out by divination?"

KJV reads (Gen 44:15) And Joseph said unto them, What deed is this that ye have done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?

Divine H 5172.nachash, naw-khash'; a prim.root; prop. to hiss, i.e. whisper a (magic) spell; gen. to prognosticate:-- X certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) X enchantment, learn by experience, X indeed, diligently observe.

(Gen 44:16 NIV) "What can we say to my lord?" Judah replied. "What can we say? How can we prove our innocence? God has uncovered your servants' guilt. We are now my lord's slaves--we ourselves and the one who was found to have the cup."

(Gen 44:17 NIV) But Joseph said, "Far be it from me to do such a thing! Only the man who was found to have the cup will become my slave. The rest of you, go back to your father in peace."

(Gen 44:18 NIV) Then Judah went up to him and said: "Please, my lord, let your servant speak a word to my lord. Do not be angry with your servant, though you are equal to Pharaoh himself.

(Gen 44:19 NIV) My lord asked his servants, 'Do you have a father or a brother?'

(Gen 44:20 NIV) And we answered, 'We have an aged father, and there is a young son born to him in his old age. His brother is dead, and he is the only one of his mother's sons left, and his father loves him.'

(Gen 44:21 NIV) "Then you said to your servants, 'Bring him down to me so I can see him for myself.'

(Gen 44:22 NIV) And we said to my lord, 'The boy cannot leave his father; if he leaves him, his father will die.'

(Gen 44:23 NIV) But you told your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.'

(Gen 44:24 NIV) When we went back to your servant my father, we told him what my lord had said.

(Gen 44:25 NIV) "Then our father said, 'Go back and buy a little more food.'

(Gen 44:26 NIV) But we said, 'We cannot go down. Only if our youngest brother is with us will we go. We cannot see the man's face unless our youngest brother is with us.'

(Gen 44:27 NIV) "Your servant my father said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two sons.

(Gen 44:28 NIV) One of them went away from me, and I said, "He has surely been torn to pieces." And I have not seen him since.

(Gen 44:29 NIV) If you take this one from me too and harm comes to him, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in misery.'

(Gen 44:30 NIV) "So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy's life,

(Gen 44:31 NIV) sees that the boy isn't there, he will die. Your servants will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave in sorrow.

(Gen 44:32 NIV) Your servant guaranteed the boy's safety to my father. I said, 'If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!'

(Gen 44:33 NIV) "Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord's slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers.

(Gen 44:34 NIV) How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come upon my father."

Imo, Joseph was tricking and testing his brothers, to see what they had to say and if they would tell him the truth.

Sep 26th 2014, 09:54 PM

(Gen 45:1 NIV) Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, "Have everyone leave my presence!" So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers.

(Gen 45:2 NIV) And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh's household heard about it.

Joseph, overcome with emotion wept. He reveals who he is to his brothers.

(Gen 45:3 NIV) Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph! Is my father still living?" But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.

(Gen 45:4 NIV) Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come close to me." When they had done so, he said, "I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!

(Gen 45:5 NIV) And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.

Joseph is not angry or bitter towards his brothers. Joseph tells them it was the will of God, so that he may save them in this time of need.

(Gen 45:6 NIV) For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping.

(Gen 45:7 NIV) But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

(Gen 45:8 NIV) "So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.

(Gen 45:9 NIV) Now hurry back to my father and say to him, 'This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don't delay.

(Gen 45:10 NIV) You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me--you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have.

(Gen 45:11 NIV) I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.'

(Gen 45:12 NIV) "You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you.

(Gen 45:13 NIV) Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly."

(Gen 45:14 NIV) Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping.

(Gen 45:15 NIV) And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.

(Gen 45:16 NIV) When the news reached Pharaoh's palace that Joseph's brothers had come, Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased.

(Gen 45:17 NIV) Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Tell your brothers, 'Do this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan,

Pharaoh provided for Josephs brothers and family.

(Gen 45:18 NIV) and bring your father and your families back to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you can enjoy the fat of the land.'

(Gen 45:19 NIV) "You are also directed to tell them, 'Do this: Take some carts from Egypt for your children and your wives, and get your father and come.

(Gen 45:20 NIV) Never mind about your belongings, because the best of all Egypt will be yours.'"

Gods amazing provision to Jacob (Israel) and his family during the time of famine.

(Gen 45:21 NIV) So the sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them carts, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he also gave them provisions for their journey.

(Gen 45:22 NIV) To each of them he gave new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five sets of clothes.

(Gen 45:23 NIV) And this is what he sent to his father: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other provisions for his journey.

(Gen 45:24 NIV) Then he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving he said to them, "Don't quarrel on the way!"

(Gen 45:25 NIV) So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan.

(Gen 45:26 NIV) They told him, "Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt." Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them.

(Gen 45:27 NIV) But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.

(Gen 45:28 NIV) And Israel said, "I'm convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die."

Oct 3rd 2014, 08:32 PM

(Gen 46:1 NIV) So Israel set out with all that was his, and when he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.

Israel (Jacob)

(Gen 46:2 NIV) And God spoke to Israel in a visionat night and said, "Jacob! Jacob!" "Here I am," he replied.

(Gen 46:3 NIV) "I am God, the God of your father," he said. "Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.

Gods promise to Israel(Jacob) - that he will make him into a great nation there (The descendants of Jacob who lived in Egypt grew to be 600,000 men excluding woman and children - Ex 12:37).

(Gen 46:4 NIV) I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph's own hand will close your eyes."

(Gen 46:5 NIV) Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel's sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport him.

(Gen 46:6 NIV) They also took with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan, and Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt.

(Gen 46:7 NIV) He took with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters--all his offspring.

(Gen 46:8 NIV) These are the names of the sons of Israel (Jacob and his descendants) who went to Egypt: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob.

The sons and grandsons of Jacob.

(Gen 46:9 NIV) The sons of Reuben: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron and Carmi.

(Gen 46:10 NIV) The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman.

(Gen 46:11 NIV) The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

(Gen 46:12 NIV) The sons of Judah: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez and Zerah (but Er and Onan had died in the land of Canaan). The sons of Perez: Hezron and Hamul.

(Gen 46:13 NIV) The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, Jashub and Shimron.

(Gen 46:14 NIV) The sons of Zebulun: Sered, Elon and Jahleel.

(Gen 46:15 NIV) These were the sons Leah bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram, besides his daughter Dinah. These sons and daughters of his were thirty-three in all.

(Gen 46:16 NIV) The sons of Gad: Zephon, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi and Areli.

(Gen 46:17 NIV) The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah. Their sister was Serah. The sons of Beriah: Heber and Malkiel.

(Gen 46:18 NIV) These were the children born to Jacob by Zilpah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Leah--sixteen in all.

(Gen 46:19 NIV) The sons of Jacob's wife Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.

(Gen 46:20 NIV) In Egypt, Manasseh and Ephraim were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.

(Gen 46:21 NIV) The sons of Benjamin: Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and Ard.

(Gen 46:22 NIV) These were the sons of Rachel who were born to Jacob--fourteen in all.

(Gen 46:23 NIV) The son of Dan: Hushim.

(Gen 46:24 NIV) The sons of Naphtali: Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem.

(Gen 46:25 NIV) These were the sons born to Jacob by Bilhah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Rachel--seven in all.

(Gen 46:26 NIV) All those who went to Egypt with Jacob--those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons' wives--numbered sixty-six persons.

(Gen 46:27 NIV) With the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob's family, which went to Egypt, were seventy in all.

The descendants of Jacob who lived in Egypt grew to be 600,000 men excluding woman and children. Ex 12:37

(Gen 46:28 NIV) Now Jacob sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen. When they arrived in the region of Goshen,

(Gen 46:29 NIV) Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father and wept for a long time.

Joseph went out to meet his father.

(Gen 46:30 NIV) Israel said to Joseph, "Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive."

(Gen 46:31 NIV) Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, "I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and will say to him, 'My brothers and my father's household, who were living in the land of Canaan, have come to me.

(Gen 46:32 NIV) The men are shepherds; they tend livestock, and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.'

(Gen 46:33 NIV) When Pharaoh calls you in and asks, 'What is your occupation?'

(Gen 46:34 NIV) you should answer, 'Your servants have tended livestock from our boyhood on, just as our fathers did.' Then you will be allowed to settle in the region of Goshen, for all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians."

Oct 10th 2014, 08:24 PM

(Gen 47:1 NIV) Joseph went and told Pharaoh, "My father and brothers, with their flocks and herds and everything they own, have come from the land of Canaan and are now in Goshen."

(Gen 47:2 NIV) He chose five of his brothers and presented them before Pharaoh.

(Gen 47:3 NIV) Pharaoh asked the brothers, "What is your occupation?" "Your servants are shepherds," they replied to Pharaoh, "just as our fathers were."

(Gen 47:4 NIV) They also said to him, "We have come to live here awhile, because the famine is severe in Canaan and your servants' flocks have no pasture. So now, please let your servants settle in Goshen."

(Gen 47:5 NIV) Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Your father and your brothers have come to you,

(Gen 47:6 NIV) and the land of Egypt is before you; settle your father and your brothers in the best part of the land. Let them live in Goshen. And if you know of any among them with special ability, put them in charge of my own livestock."

Goshen, the best part of the land in Egypt.

(Gen 47:7 NIV) Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in and presented him before Pharaoh. After Jacob blessed Pharaoh,

Jacob blessed Pharoah.

(Gen 47:8 NIV) Pharaoh asked him, "How old are you?"

(Gen 47:9 NIV) And Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers."

(Gen 47:10 NIV) Then Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from his presence.

(Gen 47:11 NIV) So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land, the district of Rameses, as Pharaoh directed.

Rameses is mentioned in Ex 1:11, Ex 12:37, Nu 33:3 -5. The name refers to the Egyptian PharoahRamsees II who reigned centuries later.

(Gen 47:12 NIV) Joseph also provided his father and his brothers and all his father's household with food, according to the number of their children.

(Gen 47:13 NIV) There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine.

(Gen 47:14 NIV) Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying, and he brought it to Pharaoh's palace.

Money was used in exchange for grain in Egypt and Canaan.

(Gen 47:15 NIV) When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, "Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? Our money is used up."

(Gen 47:16 NIV) "Then bring your livestock," said Joseph. "I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone."

The famine continued and livestock was exchanged for grain in Egypt and Canaan.

(Gen 47:17 NIV) So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses, their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys. And he brought them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.

(Gen 47:18 NIV) When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, "We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone and our livestock belongs to you, there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land.

The famine continued, all money and livestock was traded.

(Gen 47:19 NIV) Why should we perish before your eyes--we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us seed so that we may live and not die, and that the land may not become desolate."

So Land was exchanged for food.

(Gen 47:20 NIV) So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe for them. The land became Pharaoh's,

(Gen 47:21 NIV) and Joseph reduced the people to servitude, from one end of Egypt to the other.

(Gen 47:22 NIV) However, he did not buy the land of the priests, because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotment Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.

(Gen 47:23 NIV) Joseph said to the people, "Now that I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed for you so you can plant the ground.

(Gen 47:24 NIV) But when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children."

A fifth (half) of the crops were given to Pharoah.

(Gen 47:25 NIV) "You have saved our lives," they said. "May we find favor in the eyes of our lord; we will be in bondage to Pharaoh."

(Gen 47:26 NIV) So Joseph established it as a law concerning land in Egypt--still in force today--that a fifth of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharaoh's.

We see a great transfer of wealth due to the famine in the land. The first was money, then livestock, then land and finally a fifth of the crops, were given to Egypt and the Pharoah.

(Gen 47:27 NIV) Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number.(Gen 47:28 NIV) Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven.

Jacob (Israel) lived for 147 years.

(Gen 47:29 NIV) When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, "If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt,

(Gen 47:30 NIV) but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried." "I will do as you say," he said.

(Gen 47:31 NIV) "Swear to me," he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

Oct 17th 2014, 08:05 PM

(Gen 48:1 NIV) Some time later Joseph was told, "Your father is ill." So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him.

Joseph had two sons named Manasseh and Ephraim.

(Gen 48:2 NIV) When Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph has come to you," Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed.

(Gen 48:3 NIV) Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me

(Gen 48:4 NIV) and said to me, 'I am going to make you fruitful and will increase your numbers. I will make you a community of peoples, and I will give this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.'

(Gen 48:5 NIV) "Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine.

(Gen 48:6 NIV) Any children born to you after them will be yours; in the territory they inherit they will be reckoned under the names of their brothers.

(Gen 48:7 NIV) As I was returning from Paddan, to my sorrow Rachel died in the land of Canaan while we were still on the way, a little distance from Ephrath. So I buried her there beside the road to Ephrath" (that is, Bethlehem).

(Gen 48:8 NIV) When Israel saw the sons of Joseph, he asked, "Who are these?"

(Gen 48:9 NIV) "They are the sons God has given me here," Joseph said to his father. Then Israel said, "Bring them to me so I may bless them."

(Gen 48:10 NIV) Now Israel's eyes were failing because of old age, and he could hardly see. So Joseph brought his sons close to him, and his father kissed them and embraced them.

(Gen 48:11 NIV) Israel said to Joseph, "I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too."

(Gen 48:12 NIV) Then Joseph removed them from Israel's knees and bowed down with his face to the ground.

(Gen 48:13 NIV) And Joseph took both of them, Ephraim on his right toward Israel's left hand and Manasseh on his left toward Israel's right hand, and brought them close to him.

(Gen 48:14 NIV) But Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim's head, though he was the younger, and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh's head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.

(Gen 48:15 NIV) Then he blessed Joseph and said, "May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, Jacob (Israel) blessed Josephs sons Ephraim and Manasseh before he died.

(Gen 48:16 NIV) the Angel who has delivered me from all harm --may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly upon the earth."

(Gen 48:17 NIV) When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim's head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father's hand to move it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head.

(Gen 48:18 NIV) Joseph said to him, "No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head."

(Gen 48:19 NIV) But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations."

(Gen 48:20 NIV) He blessed them that day and said, "In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing: 'May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.'" So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.

(Gen 48:21 NIV) Then Israel said to Joseph, "I am about to die, but God will be with you and take you back to the land of your fathers.

(Gen 48:22 NIV) And to you, as one who is over your brothers, I give the ridge of land I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow."

Oct 25th 2014, 08:14 PM

(Gen 49:1 NIV) Then Jacob called for his sons and said: "Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.

(Gen 49:2 NIV) "Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel.

Jacob prophesies over his children.


(Gen 49:3 NIV) "Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, the first sign of my strength, excelling in honor, excelling in power.

(Gen 49:4 NIV) Turbulent as the waters, you will no longer excel, for you went up onto your father's bed, onto my couch and defiled it.


(Gen 49:5 NIV) "Simeon and Levi are brothers-- their swords are weapons of violence.

(Gen 49:6 NIV) Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly, for they have killed men in their anger and hamstrung oxen as they pleased.

(Gen 49:7 NIV) Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury, so cruel! I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel.


(Gen 49:8 NIV) "Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father's sons will bow down to you.

(Gen 49:9 NIV) You are a lion's cub, O Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lionhe crouches and lies down, like a lioness--who dares to rouse him?

(Gen 49:10 NIV) The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.

(Gen 49:11 NIV) He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes.

(Gen 49:12 NIV) His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk.


(Gen 49:13 NIV) "Zebulun will live by the seashore and become a haven for ships; his border will extend toward Sidon.


(Gen 49:14 NIV) "Issachar is a rawboned donkey lying down between two saddlebags.

(Gen 49:15 NIV) When he sees how good is his resting place and how pleasant is his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labor.


(Gen 49:16 NIV) "Dan will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel.

(Gen 49:17 NIV) Dan will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse's heels so that its rider tumbles backward.

(Gen 49:18 NIV) "I look for your deliverance, O LORD.


(Gen 49:19 NIV) "Gad will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will attack them at their heels.


(Gen 49:20 NIV) "Asher's food will be rich; he will provide delicacies fit for a king.


(Gen 49:21 NIV) "Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.


(Gen 49:22 NIV) "Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall.

(Gen 49:23 NIV) With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility.

(Gen 49:24 NIV) But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the
Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,

(Gen 49:25 NIV) because of your father's God, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, blessings of the breast and womb.

(Gen 49:26 NIV) Your father's blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers.


(Gen 49:27 NIV) "Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he divides the plunder."

(Gen 49:28 NIV) All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him.

All the sons of Israel (Jacob) are the twelve tribes of Israel.

(Gen 49:29 NIV) Then he gave them these instructions: "I am about to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite,

(Gen 49:30 NIV) the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in Canaan, which Abraham bought as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite, along with the field.

(Gen 49:31 NIV) There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried, there Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried, and there I buried Leah.

(Gen 49:32 NIV) The Field and the cave in it were bought from the Hittites."

(Gen 49:33 NIV) When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed, breathed his last and was gathered to his people.

Israel (Jacob) dies in Egypt.

Oct 31st 2014, 09:11 PM

(Gen 50:1 NIV) Joseph threw himself upon his father and wept over him and kissed him.

(Gen 50:2 NIV) Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him,

(Gen 50:3 NIV) taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

(Gen 50:4 NIV) When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh's court, "If I have found favor in your eyes, speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him,

(Gen 50:5 NIV) 'My father made me swear an oath and said, "I am about to die; bury me in the tomb I dug for myself in the land of Canaan." Now let me go up and bury my father; then I will return.'"

(Gen 50:6 NIV) Pharaoh said, "Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear to do."

(Gen 50:7 NIV) So Joseph went up to bury his father. All Pharaoh's officials accompanied him--the dignitaries of his court and all the dignitaries of Egypt--

(Gen 50:8 NIV) besides all the members of Joseph's household and his brothers and those belonging to his father's household. Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen.

(Gen 50:9 NIV) Chariots and horsemen also went up with him. It was a very large company.

(Gen 50:10 NIV) When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father.

(Gen 50:11 NIV) When the Canaanites who lived there saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, "The Egyptians are holding a solemn ceremony of mourning." That is why that place near the Jordan is called Abel Mizraim.

(Gen 50:12 NIV) So Jacob's sons did as he had commanded them:

(Gen 50:13 NIV) They carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre, which Abraham had bought as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite, along with the field.

(Gen 50:14 NIV) After burying his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, together with his brothers and all the others who had gone with him to bury his father.

(Gen 50:15 NIV) When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?"

(Gen 50:16 NIV) So they sent word to Joseph, saying, "Your father left these instructions before he died:

(Gen 50:17 NIV) 'This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.' Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father." When their message came to him, Joseph wept.

Joseph’s brothers ask for his forgiveness for treating him badly in his early life.

(Gen 50:18 NIV) His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. "We are your slaves," they said.

(Gen 50:19 NIV) But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God?

(Gen 50:20 NIV) You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

(Gen 50:21 NIV) So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children." And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

(Gen 50:22 NIV) Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father's family. He lived a hundred and ten years

(Gen 50:23 NIV) and saw the third generation of Ephraim's children. Also the children of Makir son of Manasseh were placed at birth on Joseph's knees.

(Gen 50:24 NIV) Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

(Gen 50:25 NIV) And Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath and said, "God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place."

(Gen 50:26 NIV) So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.

Joseph live for 110 years.

Egypt had become prosperous because of Joseph. The blessing of God came to Egypt because of Joseph and his brothers. Egypt enjoyed wealth because of the promises and blessings of God through Jacob and his sons.

Nov 1st 2014, 09:07 PM

(Exo 1:1 NIV) These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family:

(Exo 1:2 NIV) Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah;
(Exo 1:3 NIV) Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin;
(Exo 1:4 NIV) Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher.

(Exo 1:5 NIV) The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.

Joseph and his brothers and descendants lived in Egypt.

(Exo 1:6 NIV) Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died,

Joseph and his brothers (The twelve tribes of Israel) died in Egypt, but their descendants continued to live in Egypt afterwards.

(Exo 1:7 NIV) but the Israelites were fruitful and multiplied greatly and became exceedingly numerous, so that the land was filled with them.

Exodus 12:37 records that when Israel left Egypt, there were 600,000 men on foot, not including woman and children. At the time Joseph and his brothers began living in Egypt, there were only 70 in all.

Exodus 12:4- records that the people of Israel lived in Egypt for a time span of 430 years, before the Exodus.

(Exo 1:8 NIV) Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt.

(Exo 1:9 NIV) "Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become much too numerous for us.

(Exo 1:10 NIV) Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country."

(Exo 1:11 NIV) So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.

The Egyptian Pharoah began oppressing the Israelites (Joseph and his brothers descendants) out of fear.

(Exo 1:12 NIV) But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites

(Exo 1:13 NIV) and worked them ruthlessly.

(Exo 1:14 NIV) They made their lives bitter with hard labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly.

(Exo 1:15 NIV) The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,

(Exo 1:16 NIV) "When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live."

(Exo 1:17 NIV) The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.

(Exo 1:18 NIV) Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, "Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?"

(Exo 1:19 NIV) The midwives answered Pharaoh, "Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive."

(Exo 1:20 NIV) So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.

(Exo 1:21 NIV) And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

(Exo 1:22 NIV) Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: "Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live."

The begging of Exodus records the end of the lives of Joseph and his brothers and the start of the time of oppression for the descendants of Jacob (Israel).

Before Joseph died, he spoke words that would be fulfilled through Moses.

(Gen 50:24 NIV) Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

(Gen 50:25 NIV) And Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath and said, "God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place."

Final Note:

The lives of Jacob and Joseph was not easy or just blessings, even though they had the promise and blessing of God in their lives. They lived in a sinful world and faced many hardships and injustices, sometimes bought about by their own family or relatives.

Jacob and Joseph are called men of faith because no matter what life circumstances they faced, they remaining faithful to God and did not give up on thier faith. So God changed the circumstances no matter what they were to favor them.

Nov 27th 2016, 05:37 PM
Genesis 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Iacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God, and with men, and hast preuailed.

Apr 27th 2019, 11:33 AM
What I get out of it is, Jacob/Israel was the Proto-Israelite.

Various subgroups of Israelites are documented in the Old Testament.

It isn't a matter of how a person could divide and label subgroups of Israelites. It is clearly documented in the Bible.


Ok, what is up with posts posting twice in one post?