Genesis 37

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1 And Jacob dwelt in the land of Chanaan wherein his father sojourned.

2 And these are his generations: Joseph, when he was sixteen years old, was feeding the dock with his brethren, being but a boy: and he was with the sons of and of Zelpha his father's wives : and he accused his brethren to his father of a most wicked crime.

3 Now Israel loved Joseph above all his sons, because he had him in his old age: and he made him a coat of divers colours.

4 And his brethren seeing that he was loved by his father, more than all his sons, hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

5 Now it fell out also that he told his brethren a dream, that he had dreamed: which occasioned them to hate him the more.

6 And he said to them: Hear my dream which I dreamed.

7 I thought we were binding sheaves in the field: and my sheaf arose as it were, end stood, and your sheaves standing about, bowed down before my sheaf.

8 His brethren answered : Shalt thou be our king? or shall we be subject to thy dominion? Therefore this matter of his dreams and words ministered nourishment to their envy and hatred.

9 He dreamed also another dream, which he told his brethren, saying: I saw in a dream, as it were the sun, and the moon, and eleven stars worshipping me.

10 And when he had told this to his father and brethren, his father rebuked him, and said: What meaneth this dream that thou hast dreamed? shall I and thy mother, and thy brethren worship thee upon the earth?

11 His brethren therefore envied him: but his father considered the thing with himself.

12 And when his brethren abode in Sichem feeding their father's docks,

13 Israel said to him : Thy brethren feed the sheep in Sichem: come, I will send thee to them. And when he answered:

14 I am ready: he said to him: Go, and see if all things be well with thy brethren, and the cattle: and bring me word again what is doing. So being sent from the vale of Hebron, he came to Sichem:

15 And a man found him there wandering in the field, and asked what he sought.

16 But he answered: I seek my brethren; tell me where they feed the docks.

17 And the man said to him: They are departed from this place: for I heard them say: Let us go to Dothain. And Joseph went forward after his brethren, and found them in Dothain.

18 And when they saw him afar off, be- fore he came nigh them, they thought to kill him.

19 And said one to another: Behold the dreamer cometh.

20 Come, let us kill him, and cast him into some old pit : and we will say : Some evil beast hath devoured him: and then it shall appear what his dreams avail him :

21 And Ruben hearing this, endeavoured to deliver him out of their hands, end said:

22 Do not take away his life, nor shed his blood: but cast him into this pit, that is in the wilderness, and keep your hands harmless: now he said this, being desirous to deliver him out of their hands and to restore him to his father.

23 And as soon as he came to his brethren, they forthwith stript him of his outside coat, that was of divers colours:

24 And cast him into an old pit, where there was no water.

25 And sitting down to eat bread, they saw some Ismaelites on their way coming from Calaad, with their camels, carrying spices, and balm, and myrrh to Egypt.

26 And Juda said to his brethren: What will it profit us to kill our brother, and conceal his blood?

27 It is better that he be sold to the Ismaelites, and that our hands be not defiled: for he is our brother and our flesh. His brethren agreed to his words.

28 And when the Madianite merchants passed by, they drew him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ismaelites, for twenty pieces of silver: and they led him into Egypt.

29 And Ruben, returning to the pit, found not the boy:

30 And rending his garments he went to his brethren, and said: The boy doth not appear and whither shall I go?

31 And they took his coat, and dipped it in the blood of a kid, which they had killed :

32 Sending some to carry it to their father, and to say: This we have found: see whether it be thy son's coat, or not.

33 And the father acknowledging it, said: It is my son's coat, an evil wild beast hath eaten him, a beast hath devoured Joseph.

34 And tearing his garments, he put an sackcloth, mourning for his son a long time.

35 And alibis children being gathered together to comfort their father in his sorrow, he would not receive comfort, but said: I will go down to my son into hell, mourning. And whilst he continued weeping,

36 The Madianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Putiphar, an eunuch of Pharao, captain of the soldiers.

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Exploring the Meaning of Genesis 37      

Napsal(a) Joe David

The stories in the Old Testament foreshadow future events -- not so much historical events, but changes in the spiritual states of humankind.

In the inner meaning, the story of Jacob, and his twelve sons, and Joseph and his dreams, deals with people's eventual rejection of the Divine truths that they would receive from the Lord in the Christian church, and their acceptance of falsities instead.

Specifically, this chapter is about the way that some theologians in the Christian church developed the idea of salvation by faith alone, when the Lord really wants us to conjoin faith and charity in our lives.

This seems like a stretch - that a story from 3500+ years ago could be foreshadowing modern theological arguments. And yet, human beings, as partly-spiritual creatures, are always players in a big, long spiritual story - and the Old Testament stories are archetypes for things we wrestle with in our own lives. For the details of this story's meaning, look at Arcana Coelestia 4665, and the following passages.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 4665, 4666, 4668, 4675, 4678, 4679, 4680, ...


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 755, 1463, 1616, 2909, 3242, 3263, 4286, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 351

True Christian Religion 727


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 434, 448, 637, 654, 750

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Jacob
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dwelt
'Inhabit' refers to good.

land
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.

father
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...

sojourned
There is a long history of using travel to round out an education, from the 19th-century “world tours” taken by Oxford and Cambridge graduates to...

joseph
'The tribe of Zebulon' signifies the conjunction of people in the third heaven with the Lord, 'the tribe of Joseph,' the conjunction of people in...

old
Swedenborg tells us that space and time in the physical world correspond to states of life in the spiritual world. So when the Bible talks...

feeding
When the Bible talks about "feeding" it is generally referring to instruction in spiritual things – teaching people the true concepts that can lead them...

brethren
There are two ways "brother" is used in the Bible, ways that are still reflected in modern language. One denotes an actual blood relationship; the...

boy
"Youths" or "Young men" generally represent intelligence or the understanding of truth. This is fitting, since adolescent boys tend to be more advanced intellectually than...

wives
The Hebrew of the Old Testament has six different common words which are generally translated as "wife," which largely overlap but have different nuances. Swedenborg...

israel
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...

loved
To some degree, there really is no spiritual meaning to the word “love” in the Bible. Why? Because if you truly love another, that is...

coat
A coat, as in Matthew 10:10, signifies interior natural truth, or truth of the natural principle. The Lord's coat without seam, woven from above throughout...

seeing
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

hated
If you truly hate someone, that means you would kill them and destroy their reputation if you could do so without repercussion – not a...

speak
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...

dream
A dream, as in Genesis 20:3,signifies being somewhat obscure.

hate
If you truly hate someone, that means you would kill them and destroy their reputation if you could do so without repercussion – not a...

said
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

hear
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...

field
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...

bowed down
To bow in prayer is common in most religious practices, so it's not surprising that “to bow” in the Bible represents humility and worship in...

bowed
To bow in prayer is common in most religious practices, so it's not surprising that “to bow” in the Bible represents humility and worship in...

dreams
A dream, as in Genesis 20:3,signifies being somewhat obscure.

words
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...

hatred
If you truly hate someone, that means you would kill them and destroy their reputation if you could do so without repercussion – not a...

saw
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

sun
The 'sun' signifies celestial and spiritual love. The 'sun' in the Word, when referring to the Lord, signifies His divine love and wisdom. Because the...

moon
'The moon' signifies the Lord in reference to faith, and thus faith in the Lord. 'The moon' signifies spiritual good or truth. 'The moon' signifies...

mother
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worship
To bow, as in Genesis 18:2 signifies to humble.

earth
Land' in the Word, denotes the church, for the things which signify the church also signify the things relating to the church, for these constitute...

sichem
In Genesis 12:6, 'Abram’s passing through the land unto the place Shechem' signifies a new state of the Lord when the celestial aspects of love...

feed
When the Bible talks about "feeding" it is generally referring to instruction in spiritual things – teaching people the true concepts that can lead them...

send
'To send' signifies revealing.

go
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...

see
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

bring
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “bring” is highly dependent on context, but in general it represents an introduction to a new...

word
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sent
'To send' signifies revealing.

vale
Mountains in the Bible represent people's highest points, where we are closest to the Lord - our love of the Lord and the state of...

hebron
'Hebron' represents the Lord's spiritual church in the land of Canaan. 'Hebron' represents the church as to good.

came
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...

man
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found
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wandering in the field
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tell
'To tell' signifies perceiving, because in the spiritual world, or in heaven, they do not need to tell what they think because they communicate every...

heard
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...

say
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

us
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dothain
Dothan (2 Kings 6:13) signifies the doctrinals of good and truth from the Word. Dothan (Gen. 37:17) signifies special or particular principles of doctrine.

after
According to Swedenborg, time and space don’t exist in spiritual reality; they are purely natural things that exist only on the physical plane. This means...

dreamer
A dream, as in Genesis 20:3,signifies being somewhat obscure.

cometh
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...

kill
'To slay a man to his wounding,' means extinguishing faith, and 'to slay a young man to his hurt,' signifies extinguishing charity, as in Genesis...

pit
Broken cisterns (Jer. 2:13) signify false doctrines.

evil
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.

devoured
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...

ruben
'Reuben,' in the highest sense, signifies omniscience. In a spiritual sense, he signifies wisdom, intelligence, science, and faith. In a natural sense, he signifies sight....

hearing
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...

hands
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...

blood
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wilderness
'The wilderness of Sin,' as in Exodus 16, signifies the good from truth in a state of temptation.

restore
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stript
As in Micah 1:8, 'to be stripped' signifies being without goods, and 'to be naked' signifies being without truths.

water
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...

sitting
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down
"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...

eat
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...

bread
Just as natural food feeds the natural body, so spiritual food feeds the spiritual body. And since our spiritual body is the expression of what...

ismaelites
'Ishmaelites' represent people who are in simple good of life, and thence in natural truth regarding doctrine.

way
These days we tend to think of "roads" as smooth swaths of pavement, and judge them by how fast we can drive cars on them....

coming
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

camels
A camel (Matt. 22:24) signifies scientific knowledge. Camels are confirming scientifics, and cattle are the knowledges of good and truth (Jer. 49:32.)

Spices
In Genesis 37:25, 'spices, resin, and myrrh' signify interior natural truths joined to good in the natural level. Among the ancients, they used things with...

balm
Balm signifies the truth of exterior natural good, and its pleasantness.

and myrrh
In Genesis 37:25, 'spices, resin, and myrrh' signify interior natural truths joined to good in the natural level. Among the ancients, they used things with...

myrrh
In Genesis 37:25, 'spices, resin, and myrrh' signify interior natural truths joined to good in the natural level. Among the ancients, they used things with...

egypt
Egyptians represent those who are in natural science, thus the natural, but the Hebrews, those who are of the church, thus respectively the spiritual. The...

juda
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.

profit
Gain denotes every false principle derived from evil, which perverts the judgment of the mind.

brother
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.

sold
'To sell,' as in Genesis 41:56, means transferring to another as their own, because what is sold becomes the property of the one who buys...

flesh
Flesh has several meanings just in its most obvious form. It can mean all living creatures as when the Lord talks about the flood "destroying...

passed
'To pass,' as in Genesis 31:52, signifies flowing in. 'To pass the night,' as in Genesis 24:54, signifies having peace. 'To pass through,' as in...

twenty
'Twenty,' when referring to a quantity, signifies everything or fullness, because it is ten twice. 'Twenty,' as in Genesis 18:31, like all numbers occurring in...

silver
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...

led
'To be led by the Lord' is to be in a state of essential liberty, blessedness, and happiness.

garments
Soft raiment,' as in Matthew 11:9, represents the internal sense of the Word.

kid
'A kid' signifies the truth of the church. 'A kid,' as in Isaiah 11:6, signifies the genuine truth of the church and also innocence and...

son's
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...

son
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...

eaten
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...

Put
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.

sackcloth
'A sack' in Genesis 42:25, means a receptacle, and here 'a receptacle' on the natural level, because it is a story about the truths and...

mourning
In a general sense, mourning in the Bible represents a state of grief over the lack of desires for good and true ideas about life....

long
'Long' and thence to prolong, refer to good.

children
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....

comfort
When the Bible talks about someone being comforted or consoled, it generally means that they are being offered ideas that will help bring them to...

go down
To go up and to go down: in the Word, mention is made of going up and going down when speaking of going from one...

hell
'Hell,' as mentioned in Jonah 2:3, signifies the earth below.

eunuch
A eunuch (Isaiah 56:3, 5) denotes the natural man as to good, and the son of the stranger denotes the natural man as to truth;...

captain
In the Bible, “captains,” “commanders” and “chiefs”, and the armies they lead, represent large collections of spiritual desires and large collections of spiritual ideas. The...

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 Clothespin Figure of Joseph
Make a clothespin figure of Joseph and a coat of many colors for him to wear.
Project | Ages over 3

 Correspondences of Color
Illustrations of three stories in the Word that mention colors. (Quotations are the King James translation.)
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Dream Charades from the Joseph Story
This activity reviews the six dreams in the Joseph series, dreamed by Joseph, the butler, the baker, and Pharaoh.
Activity | Ages 11 - 16

 Family Worship: The Joseph Story
Religion Lesson | All Ages

 Jacob’s Sons
Spiritual tasks offer a reflection on a Biblical story and suggest a task for spiritual growth.
Activity | Ages over 18

 Joseph and His Brothers
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 Joseph and His Brothers
Family lessons provide a worship talk and a variety of activities for children and teens..
Religion Lesson | Ages 4 - 17

 Joseph and His Brothers
The story of Joseph features several dreams that held a promise of things to come.
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Joseph and His Brothers
This lesson discusses a story from the Word and suggests projects and activities for young children.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Joseph and His Brothers
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 Joseph and His Coat
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors
Color and cut out Joseph and his colorful coat, then use to act out the story.
Project | Ages over 3

 Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Joseph Is Given a Coat of Many Colors
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Joseph Is Sold
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Joseph's Coat
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Joseph's Coat of Many Colors Retold
A simpler version of the story for younger children.
Story | Ages over 3

 Joseph's Coat (sheet music)
Song | Ages 4 - 14

 Joseph's Dreams - Level A
Complete lesson with activity choices: make sun, moon, and stars pieces and act out Joseph's first dream; learn an action rhyme about Joseph's second dream with video demonstration; scripted story discussion; coloring picture; and a memory verse.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Joseph's Dreams - Level B
Complete lesson with activity choices: play a card game matching talents and needs; make a diorama of the sun, moon, and stars bowing down to Joseph; scripted story discussion; coloring picture; and a memory verse.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 Joseph's Dreams - Level C
Complete lesson with activity choices: watch and discuss a video about Joseph's Brothers in Your Head, learn what Joseph represents and make a folding star to show how we can seek to be like Joseph, read and reflect on a door handle sign about listening to your dreams, and a scripted story discussion.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 14

 Joseph's Dreams - Level D
Complete lesson with activity choices: watch and discuss a video about Joseph's Brothers in Your Head, act out scenarios in pairs to practice behaving with integrity, read and reflect on a door handle sign about listening to your dreams, and a scripted story discussion.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 15 - 17

 Joseph Sold into Slavery
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Joseph the Favorite
Joseph's brothers are jealous of him and sell him into slavery.
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Joseph Wears His Coat of Many Colors
A beautiful color illustration of Jacob giving Joseph a special gift
Picture | All Ages

 Overview of Joseph a Man of Integrity Levels A B C D for Ages 3-18
Overview of the Youth Journey Program "Joseph: a man of integrity", Levels A, B, C, and D for ages 3-18.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 3 - 18

 The Coat of Many Colors
In reality, the majority of our persecutions come from within ourselves. Evil spirits attack us by stirring up selfish tendencies and attitudes.
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 The Story of Joseph
Examining the life and character of Joseph teaches us about how the Lord leads each of our lives.
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 What Is True Wisdom?
Spiritual tasks offer a reflection on a Biblical story and suggest a task for spiritual growth.
Activity | Ages over 18


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