Genèse 37

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Bible Louis Segond (1910)         

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1 Jacob demeura dans le pays de Canaan, où avait séjourné son père.

2 Voici la postérité de Jacob. Joseph, âgé de dix-sept ans, faisait paître le troupeau avec ses frères; cet enfant était auprès des fils de Bilha et des fils de Zilpa, femmes de son père. Et Joseph rapportait à leur père leurs mauvais propos.

3 Israël aimait Joseph plus que tous ses autres fils, parce qu'il l'avait eu dans sa vieillesse; et il lui fit une tunique de plusieurs couleurs.

4 Ses frères virent que leur père l'aimait plus qu'eux tous, et ils le prirent en haine. Ils ne pouvaient lui parler avec amitié.

5 Joseph eut un songe, et il le raconta à ses frères, qui le haïrent encore davantage.

6 Il leur dit: Ecoutez donc ce songe que j'ai eu!

7 Nous étions à lier des gerbes au milieu des champs; et voici, ma gerbe se leva et se tint debout, et vos gerbes l'entourèrent et se prosternèrent devant elle.

8 Ses frères lui dirent: Est-ce que tu règneras sur nous? est-ce que tu nous gouverneras? Et ils le haïrent encore davantage, à cause de ses songes et à cause de ses paroles.

9 Il eut encore un autre songe, et il le raconta à ses frères. Il dit: J'ai eu encore un songe! Et voici, le soleil, la lune et onze étoiles se prosternaient devant moi.

10 Il le raconta à son père et à ses frères. Son père le réprimanda, et lui dit: Que signifie ce songe que tu as eu? Faut-il que nous venions, moi, ta mère et tes frères, nous prosterner en terre devant toi?

11 Ses frères eurent de l'envie contre lui, mais son père garda le souvenir de ces choses.

12 Les frères de Joseph étant allés à Sichem, pour faire paître le troupeau de leur père,

13 Israël dit à Joseph: Tes frères ne font-ils pas paître le troupeau à Sichem? Viens, je veux t'envoyer vers eux. Et il répondit: Me voici!

14 Israël lui dit: Va, je te prie, et vois si tes frères sont en bonne santé et si le troupeau est en bon état; et tu m'en rapporteras des nouvelles. Il l'envoya ainsi de la vallée d'Hébron; et Joseph alla à Sichem.

15 Un homme le rencontra, comme il errait dans les champs. Il le questionna, en disant: Que cherches-tu?

16 Joseph répondit: Je cherche mes frères; dis-moi, je te prie, où ils font paître leur troupeau.

17 Et l'homme dit: Ils sont partis d'ici; car je les ai entendus dire: Allons à Dothan. Joseph alla après ses frères, et il les trouva à Dothan.

18 Ils le virent de loin; et, avant qu'il fût près d'eux, ils complotèrent de le faire mourir.

19 Ils se dirent l'un à l'autre: Voici le faiseur de songes qui arrive.

20 Venez maintenant, tuons-le, et jetons-le dans une des citernes; nous dirons qu'une bête féroce l'a dévoré, et nous verrons ce que deviendront ses songes.

21 Ruben entendit cela, et il le délivra de leurs mains. Il dit: Ne lui ôtons pas la vie.

22 Ruben leur dit: Ne répandez point de sang; jetez-le dans cette citerne qui est au désert, et ne mettez pas la main sur lui. Il avait dessein de le délivrer de leurs mains pour le faire retourner vers son père.

23 Lorsque Joseph fut arrivé auprès de ses frères, ils le dépouillèrent de sa tunique, de la tunique de plusieurs couleurs, qu'il avait sur lui.

24 Ils le prirent, et le jetèrent dans la citerne. Cette citerne était vide; il n'y avait point d'eau.

25 Ils s'assirent ensuite pour manger. Ayant levé les yeux, ils virent une caravane d'Ismaélites venant de Galaad; leurs chameaux étaient chargés d'aromates, de baume et de myrrhe, qu'ils transportaient en Egypte.

26 Alors Juda dit à ses frères: Que gagnerons-nous à tuer notre frère et à cacher son sang?

27 Venez, vendons-le aux Ismaélites, et ne mettons pas la main sur lui, car il est notre frère, notre chair. Et ses frères l'écoutèrent.

28 Au passage des marchands madianites, ils tirèrent et firent remonter Joseph hors de la citerne; et ils le vendirent pour vingt sicles d'argent aux Ismaélites, qui l'emmenèrent en Egypte.

29 Ruben revint à la citerne; et voici, Joseph n'était plus dans la citerne. Il déchira ses vêtements,

30 retourna vers ses frères, et dit: L'enfant n'y est plus! Et moi, où irai-je?

31 Ils prirent alors la tunique de Joseph; et, ayant tué un bouc, ils plongèrent la tunique dans le sang.

32 Ils envoyèrent à leur père la tunique de plusieurs couleurs, en lui faisant dire: Voici ce que nous avons trouvé! reconnais si c'est la tunique de ton fils, ou non.

33 Jacob la reconnut, et dit: C'est la tunique de mon fils! une bête féroce l'a dévoré! Joseph a été mis en pièces!

34 Et il déchira ses vêtements, il mit un sac sur ses reins, et il porta longtemps le deuil de son fils.

35 Tous ses fils et toutes ses filles vinrent pour le consoler; mais il ne voulut recevoir aucune consolation. Il disait: C'est en pleurant que je descendrai vers mon fils au séjour des morts! Et il pleurait son fils.

36 Les Madianites le vendirent en Egypte à Potiphar, officier de Pharaon, chef des gardes.

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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:

Arcanes Célestes 4665, 4666, 4668, 4675, 4678, 4679, 4680, ...


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcanes Célestes 755, 1463, 1616, 2909, 3242, 3263, 4286, ...

L’Apocalypse Révélée 351

La Vraie Religion Chrétienne 727


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 434, 448, 637, 654, 750

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père
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enfant
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femmes
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tunique
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songe
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dit
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l'entourèrent
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entourèrent
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nous
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songes
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un
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l'homme
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dire
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entendit
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mains
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sang
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citerne
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désert
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main
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manger
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levé
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venant
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chameaux
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baume
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Egypte
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Juda
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Frère
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tuer
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venez
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chair
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Passage
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vingt
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sicles
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Argent
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Vêtements
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l'enfant
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Sac
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Reins
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deuil
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filles
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consolation
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descendrai
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séjour
'Hell,' as mentioned in Jonah 2:3, signifies the earth below.

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

Officier
'Officer' denotes doctrines or principles of interpretation.

Pharaon
'Pharaoh' signifies scientific ideas, or the natural principle in general. 'Pharaoh' signifies false ideas infesting the truth of the church. Pharaoh,' in Genesis 40, represents...

chef
Captains and Rulers (Jer. 51:23) signifies principal evils and falsities. Captains and Rulers (Ezek 33:6) signifies principal truths. See Chief Captains.

gardes
‘To guard,’ when used as in Genesis 41:35, denotes ‘to store up.’ ‘Guards,’ as in Genesis 37:36, signify things that minister.

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Project | Ages over 3

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Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

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Activity | Ages 11 - 16

 Family Worship: The Joseph Story
Religion Lesson | All Ages

 Jacob’s Sons
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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
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Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 14

 Joseph's Dreams - Level D
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Sunday School Lesson | Ages 15 - 17

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Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

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Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

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A beautiful color illustration of Jacob giving Joseph a special gift
Picture | All Ages

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Sunday School Lesson | Ages 3 - 18

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Worship Talk | Ages over 18

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Worship Talk | Ages over 18

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