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by Larry Stockstill

Everyone goes through a process of proving and testing. Jesus taught that the seed falls on various types of ground, each type representing the human heart (Matthew 13). Each of us will be tested to see how well we battle the areas of unbelief, discouragement, and distraction.

The birds mentioned in Matthew 13:4 are the demonic thieves who lie to us about the promises of God, tricking us into unbelief. The rocky soil (vv. 20-21) represents the onslaught of discouraging problems and persecutions that come our way. The thorny ground (v. 22) refers to the continual distractions of riches, pleasure, and worldly things.

Joseph passed each test in his thirteen years of Egyptian captivity. Throughout those years, he never allowed himself to doubt or to become negative about God's promise that he would one day be a ruler. He also never grew discouraged, though his way grew more difficult. Finally, he never compromised with sin, even when Potiphar's wife offered him everything in exchange for his purity.

Decide today to reject unbelief, to fight discouragement, and to refuse the distractions of the world. As you pass God's tests in each of these areas, He will take you from the pit to the prison to the palace!

Genesis 39:1-41:16

Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

39 Now JosephS Ge 30:24 had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard,S Ge 37:36 bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.S Ge 37:25

The Lord was with JosephS Ge 21:20, 22; Jos 1:5; 6:27; Jdg 1:19; 1Sa 18:14; Ac 7:9 so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.When his master saw that the Lord was with himS Ge 21:22 and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did,ver 23; 1Sa 18:14; 2Ki 18:7; 2Ch 20:20; Ps 1:3; 128:2; Isa 33:6Joseph found favor in his eyesS Ge 6:8; S 18:3 and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household,Ge 47:6; 1Ki 11:28; Pr 22:29 and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.ver 8, 22; Ge 40:4; 42:37From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household2Sa 6:11 of the Egyptian because of Joseph.S Ge 26:24 The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.Dt 28:3; Ps 128:4So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care;Ge 24:2 with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,S Ge 12:11; Ex 2:2; 1Sa 9:2; 16:12; 17:42; Est 2:7; Da 1:4and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”S Ge 38:16; Pr 7:15-18

But he refused.Pr 6:23-24 “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.S ver 4No one is greater in this house than I am.Ge 41:33, 40 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?”S Ge 13:13; S Nu 22:3410 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refusedEst 3:4 to go to bed with her or even be with her.

11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties,Ex 18:20; Dt 1:18 and none of the household servantsver 14 was inside.12 She caught him by his cloak2Sa 13:11; Pr 7:13 and said, “Come to bed with me!”S Ge 38:16 But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.ver 15; Pr 5:8; 2Ti 2:22

13 When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house,14 she called her household servants.ver 11 “Look,” she said to them, “this HebrewS Ge 14:13 has been brought to us to make sport of us!S Ge 21:9 He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed.Dt 22:24, 2715 When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”S ver 12

16 She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home.17 Then she told him this story:Ex 20:16; 23:1, 7; Dt 5:20; Ps 101:5 “That HebrewS Ge 14:13 slaveGe 21:10 you brought us came to me to make sport of me.18 But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”

19 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger.S Ge 34:7; S Est 1:1220 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison,Ge 40:3; 41:10; Ps 105:18 the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.

But while Joseph was there in the prison,21 the Lord was with him;S Ge 21:20 he showed him kindnessS Ge 19:19 and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.Ex 3:21; 11:3; 12:36; Est 2:9; Ps 106:46; Pr 16:7; Da 1:922 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.S ver 423 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’sS Ge 21:20; S Nu 14:43 care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.S ver 3

The Cupbearer and the Baker

40 Some time later, the cupbearerver 9, 13, 21; Ne 1:11 and the bakerver 16, 20 of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt.Pharaoh was angryPr 16:14, 15; 19:12 with his two officials,Ge 41:10; Est 2:21 the chief cupbearer and the chief baker,and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard,S Ge 37:36; S 39:20 in the same prison where Joseph was confined.The captain of the guardS Ge 37:36 assigned them to Joseph,S Ge 39:4 and he attended them.

After they had been in custodyver 7; Ge 42:17 for some time,each of the two men—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison—had a dreamS Ge 20:3 the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.Ge 41:11

When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected.So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custodyS ver 4 with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?”Ne 2:2

“We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.”Ge 41:8, 15

Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God?Ge 41:16, 25, 28, 32; Dt 29:29; Da 2:22, 28, 47 Tell me your dreams.”

So the chief cupbearerS ver 1 told Joseph his dream. He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me,10 and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed,Isa 27:6; 35:1-2; Hos 14:7 and its clusters ripened into grapes.11 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.”

12 “This is what it means,ver 16; Ge 41:12, 15, 25; Da 2:36; 4:19” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days.ver 1813 Within three daysver 19, 20; Jos 1:11; 3:2; Ezr 8:32; Ne 2:11 Pharaoh will lift up your headver 19 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.S ver 114 But when all goes well with you, remember me1Sa 25:31; Lk 23:42 and show me kindness;S Ge 19:19; 1Sa 20:14, 42; 2Sa 9:1; 1Ki 2:7 mention me to Pharaohver 23; Ge 41:9; Ecc 9:15 and get me out of this prison.15 I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews,S Ge 14:13 and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.”Ge 39:20; Job 13:27

16 When the chief bakerS ver 1 saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation,S ver 12 he said to Joseph, “I too had a dream: On my head were three basketsAm 8:1-2 of bread.Or three wicker baskets17 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.”

18 “This is what it means,” Joseph said. “The three baskets are three days.ver 1219 Within three daysver 13 Pharaoh will lift off your headS ver 13 and impale your body on a pole.ver 22; Dt 21:22-23; Est 2:23; 7:10 And the birds will eat away your flesh.”Dt 28:26; 1Sa 17:44; 2Sa 21:10; 1Ki 14:11; 16:4; 21:24; Eze 39:4

20 Now the third dayS ver 13 was Pharaoh’s birthday,Mt 14:6-10 and he gave a feast for all his officials.Est 2:18; Mk 6:21 He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief bakerS ver 1 in the presence of his officials:21 He restored the chief cupbearerS ver 1 to his position,2Ki 25:27; Jer 52:31 so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s handver 1322 but he impaled the chief baker,S ver 19 just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.Ge 41:13; Ps 105:19

23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.S ver 14; S Ecc 1:11

Pharaoh’s Dreams

41 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream:S Ge 20:3 He was standing by the Nile,ver 17; S Ge 2:14; Ex 1:22; 2:5; 7:15when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat,ver 26; Jer 5:28 and they grazed among the reeds.ver 18; Ex 2:3; Job 40:21; Isa 19:6After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank.And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.ver 7

He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain,Jos 13:3; 2Ki 4:42; 1Ch 13:5; Isa 23:3; Jer 2:18 healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk.After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted—thin and scorched by the east wind.Ex 10:13; 14:21; Job 6:26; 11:2; 15:2; Ps 11:6; 48:7; Isa 11:15; 27:8; Jer 4:11; 18:17; Eze 19:12; 27:26; Hos 12:1; 13:15; Jnh 4:8The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up;ver 4 it had been a dream.

In the morning his mind was troubled,Job 7:14; Da 2:1, 3; 4:5, 19 so he sent for all the magiciansEx 7:11, 22; Da 1:20; 2:2, 27; 4:7; 5:7 and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him.ver 24; S Ge 40:8; Da 4:18

Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings.S Ge 40:1410 Pharaoh was once angry with his servants,S Ge 40:2 and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard.S Ge 37:36; S 39:2011 Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.Ge 40:512 Now a young HebrewS Ge 14:13; 39:17 was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard.S Ge 37:36; 40:4 We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream.S Ge 40:1213 And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was impaled.S Ge 40:22

14 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon.Ps 105:20 When he had shavedIsa 18:2, 7 and changed his clothes,S Ge 35:2; 45:22; Ru 3:3; 2Sa 12:20 he came before Pharaoh.

15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it.S Ge 40:8 But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”S Ge 40:12; Da 4:18; 5:16

16 “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”S Ge 40:8

Joseph in Potiphar’s House

39 When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.

The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master.Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did.This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned.From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the Lord began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished.So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing—except what kind of food to eat!

Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man,and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded.

But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household.No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”

10 She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible.11 One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work.12 She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house.

13 When she saw that she was holding his cloak and he had fled,14 she called out to her servants. Soon all the men came running. “Look!” she said. “My husband has brought this Hebrew slave here to make fools of us! He came into my room to rape me, but I screamed.15 When he heard me scream, he ran outside and got away, but he left his cloak behind with me.”

16 She kept the cloak with her until her husband came home.17 Then she told him her story. “That Hebrew slave you’ve brought into our house tried to come in and fool around with me,” she said.18 “But when I screamed, he ran outside, leaving his cloak with me!”

Joseph Put in Prison

19 Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story about how Joseph had treated her.20 So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained.21 But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.22 Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison.23 The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.

Joseph Interprets Two Dreams

40 Some time later, Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer and chief baker offended their royal master.Pharaoh became angry with these two officials,and he put them in the prison where Joseph was, in the palace of the captain of the guard.They remained in prison for quite some time, and the captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, who looked after them.

While they were in prison, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker each had a dream one night, and each dream had its own meaning.When Joseph saw them the next morning, he noticed that they both looked upset.“Why do you look so worried today?” he asked them.

And they replied, “We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean.”

“Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied. “Go ahead and tell me your dreams.”

So the chief cup-bearer told Joseph his dream first. “In my dream,” he said, “I saw a grapevine in front of me.10 The vine had three branches that began to bud and blossom, and soon it produced clusters of ripe grapes.11 I was holding Pharaoh’s wine cup in my hand, so I took a cluster of grapes and squeezed the juice into the cup. Then I placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.”

12 “This is what the dream means,” Joseph said. “The three branches represent three days.13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift you up and restore you to your position as his chief cup-bearer.14 And please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh, so he might let me out of this place.15 For I was kidnapped from my homeland, the land of the Hebrews, and now I’m here in prison, but I did nothing to deserve it.”

16 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given the first dream such a positive interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I had a dream, too. In my dream there were three baskets of white pastries stacked on my head.17 The top basket contained all kinds of pastries for Pharaoh, but the birds came and ate them from the basket on my head.”

18 “This is what the dream means,” Joseph told him. “The three baskets also represent three days.19 Three days from now Pharaoh will lift you up and impale your body on a pole. Then birds will come and peck away at your flesh.”

20 Pharaoh’s birthday came three days later, and he prepared a banquet for all his officials and staff. He summonedHebrew He lifted up the head of. his chief cup-bearer and chief baker to join the other officials.21 He then restored the chief cup-bearer to his former position, so he could again hand Pharaoh his cup.22 But Pharaoh impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had predicted when he interpreted his dream.23 Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought.

Pharaoh’s Dreams

41 Two full years later, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing on the bank of the Nile River.In his dream he saw seven fat, healthy cows come up out of the river and begin grazing in the marsh grass.Then he saw seven more cows come up behind them from the Nile, but these were scrawny and thin. These cows stood beside the fat cows on the riverbank.Then the scrawny, thin cows ate the seven healthy, fat cows! At this point in the dream, Pharaoh woke up.

But he fell asleep again and had a second dream. This time he saw seven heads of grain, plump and beautiful, growing on a single stalk.Then seven more heads of grain appeared, but these were shriveled and withered by the east wind.And these thin heads swallowed up the seven plump, well-formed heads! Then Pharaoh woke up again and realized it was a dream.

The next morning Pharaoh was very disturbed by the dreams. So he called for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. When Pharaoh told them his dreams, not one of them could tell him what they meant.

Finally, the king’s chief cup-bearer spoke up. “Today I have been reminded of my failure,” he told Pharaoh.10 “Some time ago, you were angry with the chief baker and me, and you imprisoned us in the palace of the captain of the guard.11 One night the chief baker and I each had a dream, and each dream had its own meaning.12 There was a young Hebrew man with us in the prison who was a slave of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he told us what each of our dreams meant.13 And everything happened just as he had predicted. I was restored to my position as cup-bearer, and the chief baker was executed and impaled on a pole.”

14 Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was quickly brought from the prison. After he shaved and changed his clothes, he went in and stood before Pharaoh.15 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream last night, and no one here can tell me what it means. But I have heard that when you hear about a dream you can interpret it.”

16 “It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”

39 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.

And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

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.

And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.

And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.

And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;

There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?

10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.

12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,

14 That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:

15 And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.

16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.

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:

18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.

19 And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.

20 And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

21 But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.

23 The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper.

40 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.

And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.

And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.

And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.

And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.

And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad.

And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?

And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.

And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;

10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:

11 And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand.

12 And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days:

13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.

14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:

15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.

16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:

17 And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.

18 And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:

19 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.

20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.

21 And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand:

22 But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.

23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

41 And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.

And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow.

And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river.

And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.

And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.

And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them.

And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.

And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.

Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:

10 Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker:

11 And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream.

12 And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret.

13 And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.

14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.

15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.

16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

Matthew 12:46-13:23

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers12:46-50pp — Mk 3:31-35; Lk 8:19-21

46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his motherMt 1:18; 2:11, 13, 14, 20; Lk 1:43; 2:33, 34, 48, 51; Jn 2:1, 5; 19:25, 26 and brothersMt 13:55; Jn 2:12; 7:3, 5; Ac 1:14; 1Co 9:5; Gal 1:19 stood outside, wanting to speak to him.47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heavenMt 6:10; Jn 15:14 is my brother and sister and mother.”

The Parable of the Sower13:1-15pp — Mk 4:1-12; Lk 8:4-1013:16, 17pp — Lk 10:23, 2413:18-23pp — Mk 4:13-20; Lk 8:11-15

13 That same day Jesus went out of the housever 36; Mt 9:28 and sat by the lake.Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boatLk 5:3 and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred,Ge 26:12 sixty or thirty times what was sown.Whoever has ears, let them hear.”S Mt 11:15

10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heavenS Mt 3:2 has been given to you,Mt 11:25; 16:17; 19:11; Jn 6:65; 1Co 2:10, 14; Col 1:27; 1Jn 2:20, 27 but not to them.12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.S Mt 25:2913 This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;

though hearing, they do not hear or understand.Dt 29:4; Jer 5:21; Eze 12:2

14 In them is fulfilledver 35; S Mt 1:22 the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;

you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.

15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;

they hardly hear with their ears,

and they have closed their eyes.

Otherwise they might see with their eyes,

hear with their ears,

understand with their hearts

and turn, and I would heal them.’Isaiah 6:9,10 (see Septuagint)Isa 6:9, 10; Jn 12:40; Ac 28:26, 27; Ro 11:8

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.Mt 16:1717 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you seeJn 8:56; Heb 11:13; 1Pe 1:10-12 but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdomMt 4:23 and does not understand it, the evil oneS Mt 5:37 comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.Mt 11:6; 26:3122 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealthMt 19:23; 1Ti 6:9, 10, 17 choke the word, making it unfruitful.23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”ver 8

The True Family of Jesus

46 As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.47 Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and they want to speak to you.”Some manuscripts do not include verse 47. Compare Mark 3:32 and Luke 8:20.

48 Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”49 Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers.50 Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”

Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed

13 Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake.A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore.He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:

“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds.As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them.Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow.But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died.Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants.Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

10 His disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?”

11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secretsGreek the mysteries. of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not.12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.13 That is why I use these parables,

For they look, but they don’t really see.

They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.

14 This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah that says,

‘When you hear what I say,

you will not understand.

When you see what I do,

you will not comprehend.

15 For the hearts of these people are hardened,

and their ears cannot hear,

and they have closed their eyes—

so their eyes cannot see,

and their ears cannot hear,

and their hearts cannot understand,

and they cannot turn to me

and let me heal them.’Isa 6:9-10 (Greek version).

16 “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.17 I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.

18 “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds:19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.

47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.

48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

13 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Psalm 17:1-15

Psalm 17

A prayer of David.

Hear me,Ps 30:10; 64:1; 80:1; 140:6 Lord, my plea is just;

listen to my cry.Ps 5:2; 39:12; 142:6; 143:1

HearS Ps 5:1 my prayer—

it does not rise from deceitful lips.Isa 29:13

Let my vindicationPs 24:5; 26:1; Isa 46:13; 50:8-9; 54:17 come from you;

may your eyes see what is right.Ps 99:4

Though you probe my heart,Ps 139:1; Jer 12:3

though you examine me at night and test me,S Job 7:18

you will find that I have planned no evil;Job 23:10; Jer 50:20

my mouth has not transgressed.Ps 39:1

Though people tried to bribe me,

I have kept myself from the ways of the violent

through what your lips have commanded.

My steps have held to your paths;Job 23:11; Ps 44:18; 119:133

my feet have not stumbled.Dt 32:35; Ps 73:2; 121:3

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;Ps 86:7

turn your ear to mePs 116:2 and hear my prayer.S Ps 4:1

Show me the wonders of your great love,Ps 31:21; 69:13; 106:45; 107:43; 117:2

you who save by your right handS Ps 10:12

those who take refugePs 2:12 in you from their foes.

Keep meS Nu 6:24 as the apple of your eye;S Dt 32:10; Pr 7:2

hide mePs 27:5; 31:20; 32:7 in the shadow of your wingsRu 2:12; Ps 36:7; 63:7; Isa 34:15

from the wicked who are out to destroy me,

from my mortal enemies who surround me.Ps 109:3

10 They close up their callous hearts,Ps 73:7; 119:70; Isa 6:10

and their mouths speak with arrogance.S 1Sa 2:3

11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me,Ps 88:17

with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.

12 They are like a lionPs 7:2; Jer 5:6; 12:8; La 3:10 hungry for prey,S Ge 49:9

like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

13 Rise up,S Nu 10:35 Lord, confront them, bring them down;Ps 35:8; 55:23; 73:18

with your sword rescue me from the wicked.

14 By your hand save me from such people, Lord,

from those of this worldLk 16:8 whose reward is in this life.Ps 49:17; Lk 16:25

May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;

may their children gorge themselves on it,

and may there be leftoversIsa 2:7; 57:17 for their little ones.

15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;

when I awake,S Ps 3:5 I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.S Nu 12:8; S Mt 5:8; 1Jn 3:2

Psalm 17

A prayer of David.

O Lord, hear my plea for justice.

Listen to my cry for help.

Pay attention to my prayer,

for it comes from honest lips.

Declare me innocent,

for you see those who do right.

You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night.

You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong.

I am determined not to sin in what I say.

I have followed your commands,

which keep me from following cruel and evil people.

My steps have stayed on your path;

I have not wavered from following you.

I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.

Bend down and listen as I pray.

Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.

By your mighty power you rescue

those who seek refuge from their enemies.

Guard me as you would guard your own eyes.Hebrew as the pupil of your eye.

Hide me in the shadow of your wings.

Protect me from wicked people who attack me,

from murderous enemies who surround me.

10 They are without pity.

Listen to their boasting!

11 They track me down and surround me,

watching for the chance to throw me to the ground.

12 They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart—

like young lions hiding in ambush.

13 Arise, O Lord!

Stand against them, and bring them to their knees!

Rescue me from the wicked with your sword!

14 By the power of your hand, O Lord,

destroy those who look to this world for their reward.

But satisfy the hunger of your treasured ones.

May their children have plenty,

leaving an inheritance for their descendants.

15 Because I am righteous, I will see you.

When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.

17 Hear the right, O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.

Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.

Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.

I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.

Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

10 They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

11 They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;

12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

13 Arise, O Lord, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:

14 From men which are thy hand, O Lord, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

Proverbs 3:33-35

33 The Lord’s curseS Job 5:3 is on the house of the wicked,Zec 5:4

but he blesses the home of the righteous.Ps 37:22; Pr 14:11

34 He mocksS 2Ki 19:21 proud mockersS Ps 40:4

but shows favor to the humbleS Ps 18:25-27; S Mt 23:12; Jas 4:6*; 1Pe 5:5* and oppressed.

35 The wise inherit honor,

but fools get only shame.

33 The Lord curses the house of the wicked,

but he blesses the home of the upright.

34 The Lord mocks the mockers

but is gracious to the humble.Greek version reads The Lord opposes the proud / but gives grace to the humble. Compare Jas 4:6; 1 Pet 5:5.

35 The wise inherit honor,

but fools are put to shame!

33 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.

34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

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