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THE DOMINANT HEART-CHARACTER

OF THE

PERSONALITY OF JOSEPH IN ACTION.

AND ALSO GIVING

THE RESULT OF HIS ACTS

UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE LORD

IN THE LAST DAYS

GENESIS XXXVII:1-36

8 And his brethren said to him,

Shalt thou indeed reign over us? B. C. 1729

or shalt thou in deed have domin1 And Jacob dwelt in the land ion over us? And they hated him wherein his father was a stranger, yet the more for his dreams, and in the land of Canaan.

for his words. * 2 These are the generations of 9 And he dreamed yet another Jacob: Joseph being seventeen dream, and told it his brethren, years old, was feeding the flock and said, Behold, I have dreamed with his brethren; and the lad dream more: and, behold, the was with the sons of Bilhah, and sun and the moon and the eleven with the sons of Zilpah, his fath- stars made obeisance to me. er's wives: and Joseph brought

10 And he told it to his father, unto his father their evil report. and to his brethren: and his fath

3 Now Israel loved Joseph more er rebuked him, and said unto than all his children, because he him, What is this dream that thou was the son of his old age: and hast dreamed? Shall I, and thy he made him a coat of many mother, and thy brethren, indeed colours.

come to bow down ourselves to 4 And when his brethren Saw

thee to the earth? that their father loved him more

11 And his brethren envied him; than all his brethren, they hated but his father observed the saying. him, and could not speak peace- 12 || And his brethren went to ably unto him.

feed their father's flock in She5 | And Joseph dreamed ||

chem. dream, and he told it his brethren: 13 And Israel said unto Joseph, and they hated him yet the more. Do not thy brethren feed the 6 And he said unto them, Hear, I will send thee unto them. And he

? , I pray you, this dream which i

said to him, Here am I. have dreamed:

14 And he said to him, Go, I 7 For, behold, we were binding pray thee, see whether it be well sheaves in the field, and, lo, my with thy brethren, and well with sheaf arose, and also stood up- the flocks; and bring me word right; and, behold, your sheaves again. So he sent him out of the stood round about, and made vale of Hebron, and he came to obeisance to my sheaf.

Shechem. *Gen. 37:2-36—The relation of Joseph to his brethren and their relation to him.

15 And a certain man found 23 | And it came to pass, when him, and, behold, he was wander- Joseph was come unto his brething in the field: and the man ren, that they stripped Joseph out asked him, saying, What seekest of his coat, his coat of many colthou?

ours that was on him. 16 And he said, I seek my breth- 24 And they took him, and cast ren: tell me, I pray thee, where him into a pit: and the pit was they feed their flocks.

empty, there was no water in it. 17 And the man said, They are

25 And they sat down to eat departed hence: for I heard them bread: and they lifted up their say, Let us go to Dothan. And

eyes and looked, and, behold, a Joseph went after his brethren, company of Ishmeelites came from and found them in Dothan.

Gilead, with their camels bearing 18 | And when they saw him spicery, and balm, and myrrh, goafar off, even before he came near ing to carry it down to Egypt. unto them, they conspired against

26 And Judah said unto his him to slay him. 19 And they said one to another, slay our brother, and conceal his

brethren, What profit is it if we Behold, this dreamer cometh!

blood? 20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into

27 Come, and let us sell him to some pit, and we will say, Some the Ishmeelites, and let not our evil beast hath devoured him: and hand be upon him; for he is our we shall see what will become of brother, and our flesh. And his his dreams.

brethren were content. + 21 s And Reuben heard it, and

28 Then there passed by Midhe delivered him out of their ianites, merchantmen; and they hands; and said, Let us not kill drew and lifted up Joseph out of him.

the pit, and sold Joseph to the 22 And Reuben said unto them, Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of Shed no blood, but cast him into silver: and they brought Joseph this pit that is in the wilderness into Egypt. and lay no hand upon him; that 29 || And Rebuen returned unto he might rid him out of their the pit; and, behold, Joseph was hands, to deliver him to his father not in the pit: and he rent his again.

clothes: Gen. 37:21-30—Reuben has heart and feeling, but he is not dependable. “Character is like an inward and spiritual grace, of which reputation is, or should be, the outward and visible sign,” R. G. White. Words and their uses. Ch. 5, P. 99 (S. H, No. 70).

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