English Bible



1 Jacob lived in the land of his father’s travels, in the land of Canaan. 2 This is the history of the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives. Joseph brought an evil report of them to their father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a tunic of many colors. 4 His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, and they hated him, and couldn’t speak peaceably to him.

5 Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers, and they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: 7 for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves came around, and bowed down to my sheaf.”

8 His brothers asked him, “Will you indeed reign over us? Will you indeed have dominion over us?” They hated him all the more for his dreams and for his words. 9 He dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brothers, and said, “Behold, I have dreamed yet another dream: and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down to me.” 10 He told it to his father and to his brothers. His father rebuked him, and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Will I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves down to you to the earth?” 11 His brothers envied him, but his father kept this saying in mind.

12 His brothers went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem. 13 Israel said to Joseph, “Aren’t your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them.” He said to him, “Here I am.”

14 He said to him, “Go now, see whether it is well with your brothers, and well with the flock; and bring me word again.” So he sent him out of the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. 15 A certain man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field. The man asked him, “What are you looking for?”

16 He said, “I am looking for my brothers. Tell me, please, where they are feeding the flock.”

17 The man said, “They have left here, for I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’ ”

Joseph went after his brothers, and found them in Dothan. 18 They saw him afar off, and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to kill him. 19 They said to one another, “Behold, this dreamer comes. 20 Come now therefore, and let’s kill him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say, ‘An evil animal has devoured him.’ We will see what will become of his dreams.”

21 Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand, and said, “Let’s not take his life.” 22 Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him”—that he might deliver him out of their hand, to restore him to his father. 23 When Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him; 24 and they took him, and threw him into the pit. The pit was empty. There was no water in it.

25 They sat down to eat bread, and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing spices and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. 26 Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come, and let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not let our hand be on him; for he is our brother, our flesh.” His brothers listened to him. 28 Midianites who were merchants passed by, and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. The merchants brought Joseph into Egypt.

29 Reuben returned to the pit, and saw that Joseph wasn’t in the pit; and he tore his clothes. 30 He returned to his brothers, and said, “The child is no more; and I, where will I go?” 31 They took Joseph’s tunic, and killed a male goat, and dipped the tunic in the blood. 32 They took the tunic of many colors, and they brought it to their father, and said, “We have found this. Examine it, now, and see if it is your son’s tunic or not.”

33 He recognized it, and said, “It is my son’s tunic. An evil animal has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt torn in pieces.” 34 Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days. 35 All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. He said, “For I will go down to Sheol* to my son, mourning.” His father wept for him. 36 The Midianites sold him into Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, the captain of the guard.

37:1ヤコブは父の寄留の地、すなわちカナンの地に住んだ。 37:2ヤコブの子孫は次のとおりである。

ヨセフは十七歳の時、兄弟たちと共に羊の群れを飼っていた。彼はまだ子供で、父の妻たちビルハとジルパとの子らと共にいたが、ヨセフは彼らの悪いうわさを父に告げた。 37:3ヨセフは年寄り子であったから、イスラエルは他のどの子よりも彼を愛して、彼のために長そでの着物をつくった。 37:4兄弟たちは父がどの兄弟よりも彼を愛するのを見て、彼を憎み、穏やかに彼に語ることができなかった。

37:5ある時、ヨセフは夢を見て、それを兄弟たちに話したので、彼らは、ますます彼を憎んだ。 37:6ヨセフは彼らに言った、「どうぞわたしが見た夢を聞いてください。 37:7わたしたちが畑の中で束を結わえていたとき、わたしの束が起きて立つと、あなたがたの束がまわりにきて、わたしの束を拝みました」。 37:8すると兄弟たちは彼に向かって、「あなたはほんとうにわたしたちの王になるのか。あなたは実際わたしたちを治めるのか」と言って、彼の夢とその言葉のゆえにますます彼を憎んだ。 37:9ヨセフはまた一つの夢を見て、それを兄弟たちに語って言った、「わたしはまた夢を見ました。日と月と十一の星とがわたしを拝みました」。 37:10彼はこれを父と兄弟たちに語ったので、父は彼をとがめて言った、「あなたが見たその夢はどういうのか。ほんとうにわたしとあなたの母と、兄弟たちとが行って地に伏し、あなたを拝むのか」。 37:11兄弟たちは彼をねたんだ。しかし父はこの言葉を心にとめた。

37:12さて兄弟たちがシケムに行って、父の羊の群れを飼っていたとき、 37:13イスラエルはヨセフに言った、「あなたの兄弟たちはシケムで羊を飼っているではないか。さあ、あなたを彼らの所へつかわそう」。ヨセフは父に言った、「はい、行きます」。 37:14父は彼に言った、「どうか、行って、あなたの兄弟たちは無事であるか、また群れは無事であるか見てきて、わたしに知らせてください」。父が彼をヘブロンの谷からつかわしたので、彼はシケムに行った。 37:15ひとりの人が彼に会い、彼が野をさまよっていたので、その人は彼に尋ねて言った、「あなたは何を捜しているのですか」。 37:16彼は言った、「兄弟たちを捜しているのです。彼らが、どこで羊を飼っているのか、どうぞわたしに知らせてください」。 37:17その人は言った、「彼らはここを去りました。彼らが『ドタンへ行こう』と言うのをわたしは聞きました」。そこでヨセフは兄弟たちのあとを追って行って、ドタンで彼らに会った。 37:18ヨセフが彼らに近づかないうちに、彼らははるかにヨセフを見て、これを殺そうと計り、 37:19互に言った、「あの夢見る者がやって来る。 37:20さあ、彼を殺して穴に投げ入れ、悪い獣が彼を食ったと言おう。そして彼の夢がどうなるか見よう」。 37:21ルベンはこれを聞いて、ヨセフを彼らの手から救い出そうとして言った、「われわれは彼の命を取ってはならない」。 37:22ルベンはまた彼らに言った、「血を流してはいけない。彼を荒野のこの穴に投げ入れよう。彼に手をくだしてはならない」。これはヨセフを彼らの手から救いだして父に返すためであった。 37:23さて、ヨセフが兄弟たちのもとへ行くと、彼らはヨセフの着物、彼が着ていた長そでの着物をはぎとり、 37:24彼を捕えて穴に投げ入れた。その穴はからで、その中に水はなかった。

37:25こうして彼らはすわってパンを食べた。時に彼らが目をあげて見ると、イシマエルびとの隊商が、らくだに香料と、乳香と、もつやくとを負わせてエジプトへ下り行こうとギレアデからやってきた。   37:26そこでユダは兄弟たちに言った、「われわれが弟を殺し、その血を隠して何の益があろう。 37:27さあ、われわれは彼をイシマエルびとに売ろう。彼はわれわれの兄弟、われわれの肉身だから、彼に手を下してはならない」。兄弟たちはこれを聞き入れた。 37:28時にミデアンびとの商人たちが通りかかったので、彼らはヨセフを穴から引き上げ、銀二十シケルでヨセフをイシマエルびとに売った。彼らはヨセフをエジプトへ連れて行った。

37:29さてルベンは穴に帰って見たが、ヨセフが穴の中にいなかったので、彼は衣服を裂き、 37:30兄弟たちのもとに帰って言った、「あの子はいない。ああ、わたしはどこへ行くことができよう」。 37:31彼らはヨセフの着物を取り、雄やぎを殺して、着物をその血に浸し、 37:32その長そでの着物を父に持ち帰って言った、「わたしたちはこれを見つけましたが、これはあなたの子の着物か、どうか見さだめてください」。 37:33父はこれを見さだめて言った、「わが子の着物だ。悪い獣が彼を食ったのだ。確かにヨセフはかみ裂かれたのだ」。 37:34そこでヤコブは衣服を裂き、荒布を腰にまとって、長い間その子のために嘆いた。 37:35子らと娘らとは皆立って彼を慰めようとしたが、彼は慰められるのを拒んで言った、「いや、わたしは嘆きながら陰府に下って、わが子のもとへ行こう」。こうして父は彼のために泣いた。 37:36さて、かのミデアンびとらはエジプトでパロの役人、侍衛長ポテパルにヨセフを売った。