January 13
Genesis 37:23 40:23

     23 So it came about that as soon as Joseph came to his brothers, they went stripping Joseph of his long garment, even the long striped garment that was upon him; 24 after which they took him and pitched him into the waterpit. At the time the pit was empty; there was no water in it.

     25 Then they sat down to eat bread. When they raised their eyes and took a look, why, here was a caravan of Ishmaelites that was coming from Gilead, and their camels were carrying labdanum and balsam and resinous bark, on their way to take it down to Egypt. 26 At this Judah said to his brothers: “What profit would there be in case we killed our brother and did cover over his blood? 27 Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and do not let our hand be upon him. After all, he is our brother, our flesh.” So they listened to their brother. 28 Now men, Midianite merchants, went passing by. Hence they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the waterpit and then sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty silver pieces. Eventually these brought Joseph into Egypt.

     29 Later Reuben returned to the waterpit and here Joseph was not in the waterpit. Consequently he ripped his garments apart. 30 When he returned to his other brothers he exclaimed: “The child is gone! And I—where am I really to go?”

     31 However, they took Joseph’s long garment and slaughtered a male goat and repeatedly dipped the long garment in the blood. 32 After that they sent the long striped garment and had it brought to their father and said: “This is what we found. Examine, please, whether it is your son’s long garment or not.” 33 And he went examining it and exclaimed: “It is my son’s long garment! A vicious wild beast must have devoured him! Joseph is surely torn to pieces!” 34 With that Jacob ripped his mantles apart and put sackcloth upon his hips and carried on mourning over his son for many days. 35 And all his sons and all his daughters kept rising up to comfort him, but he kept refusing to take comfort and saying: “For I shall go down mourning to my son into Sheol!” And his father continued weeping for him.

     36 However, the Midianites sold him into Egypt to Potiphar a court official of Pharaoh, the chief of the bodyguard.

38  Now in the meantime it came about that when Judah went down from his brothers he pitched [his tent] near a man, an Adullamite, and his name was Hirah. 2 And there Judah got to see a daughter of a certain Canaanite, and his name was Shua. So he took her and had relations with her. 3 And she became pregnant. Later she bore a son and he called his name Er. 4 Again she became pregnant. In time she bore a son and called his name Onan. 5 Yet another time she went on to bear a son and then called his name Shelah. Now he happened to be in Achzib at the time she bore him.

     6 In time Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 7 But Er, Judah’s firstborn, proved to be bad in the eyes of Jehovah; hence Jehovah put him to death. 8 In view of that Judah said to Onan: “Have relations with your brother’s wife and perform brother-in-law marriage with her and raise up offspring for your brother.” 9 But Onan knew that the offspring would not become his; and it occurred that when he did have relations with his brother’s wife he wasted his semen on the earth so as not to give offspring to his brother. 10 Now what he did was bad in the eyes of Jehovah; hence he put him also to death. 11 So Judah said to Tamar his daughter-in-law: “Dwell as a widow in the house of your father until Shelah my son grows up.” For he said to himself: “He too may die like his brothers.” Accordingly Tamar went and continued to dwell at her own father’s house.

     12 Thus the days became many and the daughter of Shua, Judah’s wife, died; and Judah kept the period of mourning. After that he went up to the shearers of his sheep, he and Hirah his companion the Adullamite, to Timnah. 13 Then it was told to Tamar: “Here your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep.” 14 With that she removed the garments of her widowhood from her and covered herself with a shawl and veiled herself and sat down at the entrance of Enaim, which is along the road to Timnah. For she saw that Shelah had grown up and yet she had not been given as a wife to him.

     15 When Judah caught sight of her, he at once took her for a harlot, because she had covered her face. 16 So he turned aside to her by the road and said: “Allow me, please, to have relations with you.” For he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. However, she said: “What will you give me that you may have relations with me?” 17 To this he said: “I myself shall send a kid of the goats from the herd.” But she said: “Will you give a security until you send it?” 18 And he continued: “What is the security that I shall give you?” to which she said: “Your seal ring and your cord and your rod that is in your hand.” Then he gave them to her and had relations with her, so that she became pregnant by him. 19 After that she got up and went and removed her shawl off her and clothed herself with the garments of her widowhood.

     20 And Judah proceeded to send the kid of the goats by the hand of his companion the Adullamite in order to get back the security from the hand of the woman, but he never found her. 21 And he went inquiring of the men of her place, saying: “Where is that temple prostitute in Enaim along the road?” But they kept saying: “No temple prostitute has ever been in this place.” 22 Finally he returned to Judah and said: “I never found her and, besides, the men of the place said, ‘No temple prostitute has ever been in this place.’” 23 So Judah said: “Let her take them for herself, in order that we may not fall into contempt. At any rate, I have sent this kid, but you—you never found her.”

     24 However, about three months later it happened that it was told to Judah: “Tamar your daughter-in-law has played the harlot, and here she is also pregnant by her harlotry.” At that Judah said: “BRING her out and let her be burned.” 25 As she was being brought out she herself sent to her father-in-law, saying: “By the man to whom these belong I am pregnant.” And she added: “Examine, please, to whom these belong, the seal ring and the cord and the rod.” 26 Then Judah examined them and said: “She is more righteous than I am, for the reason that I did not give her to Shelah my son.” And he had no further intercourse with her after that.

     27 Now it developed that in the time of her giving birth, why, here there were twins in her belly. 28 Further, it turned out that when she was giving birth one extended his hand, and the midwife at once took and tied a scarlet piece about his hand, saying: “This one came out first.” 29 Finally it developed that as soon as he drew back his hand, why, here his brother came out, so that she exclaimed: “What do you mean by this, that you have produced a perineal rupture for yourself?” Hence his name was called Perez. 30 And afterward his brother upon whose hand the scarlet piece was came out and his name came to be called Zerah.

39  As for Joseph, he was brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, a court official of Pharaoh, the chief of the bodyguard, an Egyptian, got to buy him from the hand of the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. 2 But Jehovah proved to be with Joseph, so that he turned out a successful man and came to be over the house of his master, the Egyptian. 3 And his master got to see that Jehovah was with him and that everything he was doing Jehovah was making turn out successful in his hand.

     4 And Joseph kept finding favor in his eyes and waited upon him continually, so that he appointed him over his house, and all that was his he gave into his hand. 5 And it followed that from the time he appointed him over his house and in charge of all that was his Jehovah kept blessing the house of the Egyptian due to Joseph, and Jehovah’s blessing came to be upon all that he had in the house and in the field. 6 Finally he left everything that was his in Joseph’s hand; and he did not know what was with him at all except the bread he was eating. Moreover, Joseph grew to be beautiful in form and beautiful in appearance.

     7 Now after these things it came about that the wife of his master began to raise her eyes toward Joseph and say: “Lie down with me.” 8 But he would refuse and would say to his master’s wife: “Here my master does not know what is with me in the house, and everything he has he has given into my hand. 9 There is no one greater in this house than I am, and he has not withheld from me anything at all except you, because you are his wife. So how could I commit this great badness and actually sin against God?”

     10 So it turned out that as she spoke to Joseph day after day he never listened to her to lie alongside her, to continue with her. 11 But it happened that on this day as other days he went into the house to do his business, and there was none of the men of the house there in the house. 12 Then she grabbed hold of him by his garment, saying: “Lie down with me!” But he left his garment in her hand and took to flight and went on outside. 13 So it occurred that as soon as she saw that he had left his garment in her hand that he might flee outside, 14 she began to cry out to the men of her house and to say to them: “Look! He brought to us a man, a Hebrew, to make us a laughingstock. He came to me to lie down with me, but I began to cry out at the top of my voice. 15 And it followed that as soon as he heard that I raised my voice and began crying out, he then left his garment beside me and took to flight and went on outside.” 16 After that she kept his garment laid up beside her until his master came to his house.

     17 Then she spoke to him according to these words, saying: “The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came to me to make me a laughingstock. 18 But it followed that as soon as I raised my voice and began to cry out, he then left his garment beside me and went fleeing outside.” 19 The result was that as soon as his master heard the words of his wife which she spoke to him, saying: “Like this and this your servant did to me,” his anger blazed. 20 So Joseph’s master took him and gave him over to the prison house, the place where the prisoners of the king were kept under arrest, and he continued there in the prison house.

     21 However, Jehovah continued with Joseph and kept extending loving-kindness to him and granting him to find favor in the eyes of the chief officer of the prison house. 22 So the chief officer of the prison house gave over into Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison house; and everything that they were doing there he proved to be the one having it done. 23 The chief officer of the prison house was looking after absolutely nothing that was in his hand, because Jehovah was with [Joseph] and what he was doing Jehovah was making it turn out successful.

40  Now after these things it came about that the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and the baker sinned against their lord the king of Egypt. 2 And Pharaoh grew indignant at his two officers, at the chief of the cupbearers and at the chief of the bakers. 3 So he committed them to the jail of the house of the chief of the bodyguard, to the prison house, the place where Joseph was a prisoner. 4 Then the chief of the bodyguard assigned Joseph to be with them that he might wait upon them; and they continued in jail for some days.

     5 And both of them proceeded to dream a dream, each one his own dream in the one night, each one his dream with its own interpretation, the cupbearer and the baker who belonged to the king of Egypt who were prisoners in the prison house. 6 When Joseph came in to them in the morning and saw them, why, here they were looking dejected. 7 And he began to inquire of the officers of Pharaoh who were with him in the jail of his master’s house, saying: “For what reason are YOUR faces gloomy today?” 8 At this they said to him: “We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter with us.” So Joseph said to them: “Do not interpretations belong to God? Relate it to me, please.”

     9 And the chief of the cupbearers went on to relate his dream to Joseph and to say to him: “In my dream, why, here there was a vine before me. 10 And on the vine there were three twigs, and it was apparently sprouting shoots. Its blossoms pushed forth. Its clusters ripened their grapes. 11 And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I proceeded to take the grapes and squeeze them out into Pharaoh’s cup. After that I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.” 12 Then Joseph said to him: “This is its interpretation: The three twigs are three days. 13 In three days from now Pharaoh will lift up your head and he will certainly return you to your office; and you will certainly give Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, according to the former custom when you acted as his cupbearer. 14 Nevertheless, you must keep me in your remembrance as soon as it goes well with you, and you must, please, perform loving-kindness with me and mention me to Pharaoh, and you must get me out of this house. 15 For I was in fact kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews; and here also I have done nothing at all for which they should put me in the prison hole.”

     16 When the chief of the bakers saw that he had interpreted something good, he, in turn, said to Joseph: “I too was in my dream, and here there were three baskets of white bread upon my head, 17 and in the topmost basket there were all sorts of eatables for Pharaoh, the product of a baker, and there were fowls eating them out of the basket on top of my head.” 18 Then Joseph answered and said: “This is its interpretation: The three baskets are three days. 19 In three days from now Pharaoh will lift up your head from off you and will certainly hang you upon a stake; and the fowls will certainly eat your flesh from off you.”

     20 Now on the third day it turned out to be Pharaoh’s birthday, and he proceeded to make a feast for all his servants and to lift up the head of the chief of the cupbearers and the head of the chief of the bakers in the midst of his servants. 21 Accordingly he returned the chief of the cupbearers to his post of cupbearer, and he continued to give the cup into Pharaoh’s hand. 22 But the chief of the bakers he hung up, just as Joseph had given them the interpretation. 23 However, the chief of the cupbearers did not remember Joseph and went on forgetting him.