Once Joseph had a dream, which he told to his brothers: "Listen to this
dream I had. There we were, binding sheaves in the field, when suddenly
my sheaf rose to an upright position, and your sheaves formed a ring
around my sheaf and bowed down to it."
"Are you really going to make yourself king over us?" his brothers asked him. "Or impose your rule on us?" So they hated him all the more because of his talk about his dreams.
Then he had another dream, and this one, too, he told to his brothers. "I had another dream," he said: "this time, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me." (Gen 37:5-9)
So when Joseph came up to them, they stripped him of the long tunic he had
on; then they took him and threw him into the cistern, which was empty and
They then sat down to their meal. Looking up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, their camels laden with gum, balm, and resin to be taken down to Egypt.
Judah said to his brothers: "What is to be gained by killing our brother and concealing his blood? Rather, let us sell him to these Ishmaelites, instead of doing away with him ourselves. After all, he is our brother, our own flesh."
His brothers agreed. They sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. (Gen 37:23-28)
Now Joseph was strikingly handsome in countenance and body. After a time,
his master's wife began to look fondly at him and said, "Lie with me." But
he refused. (Gen 39:7-8)
One such day, when Joseph came into the house to do his work, and none of
the household servants were then in the house, she laid hold of him by his
cloak, saying, "Lie with me!" But leaving the cloak in her hand, he got
away from her and ran outside. (Gen 39:11-12)
After a lapse of two years, Pharaoh had a dream. He saw himself standing
by the Nile, when up out of the Nile came seven cows, handsome and fat;
they grazed in the reed grass.
Behind them seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile; and standing on the bank of the Nile beside the others, the ugly, gaunt cows ate up the seven handsome, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.
He fell asleep again and had another dream. He saw seven ears of grain, fat and healthy, growing on a single stalk. Behind them sprouted seven ears of grain, thin and blasted by the east wind; and the seven thin ears swallowed up the seven fat, healthy ears.
Then Pharaoh woke up, to find it was only a dream. Next morning his spirit was agitated. So he summoned all the magicians and sages of Egypt and recounted his dreams to them; but no one could interpret his dreams for him. (Gen 41:1-8)
Pharaoh therefore had Joseph summoned, and they hurriedly brought him from
the dungeon. After he shaved and changed his clothes, he came into Pharaoh's
presence. Pharaoh then said to him: "I had certain dreams that no one can
interpret. But I hear it said of you that the moment you are told a dream
you can interpret it." "It is not I," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God
who will give Pharaoh the right answer." (Gen 41:14-16)
Joseph said to Pharaoh: "Both of Pharaoh's dreams have the same meaning. God
has thus foretold to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven healthy cows
are seven years, and the seven healthy ears are seven years--the same in
each dream. So also, the seven thin, ugly cows that came up after them are
seven years, as are the seven thin, wind-blasted ears; they are seven years
of famine. It is just as I told Pharaoh: God has revealed to Pharaoh what he
is about to do. Seven years of great abundance are now coming throughout the
land of Egypt; but these will be followed by seven years of famine, when all
the abundance of the land of Egypt will be forgotten. (Gen 41:25-30)
Pharaoh's daughter came down to the river to bathe, while her maids walked
along the river bank. Noticing the basket among the reeds, she sent her
handmaid to fetch it.
On opening it, she looked, and lo, there was a baby boy, crying! She was moved with pity for him and said, "It is one of the Hebrew's children." (Ex 2:5-6)
Meanwhile Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the
priest of Midian. Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb,
the mountain of God.
There an angel of the Lord appeared to him in fire flaming out of a bush. As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush, though on fire, was not consumed. So Moses decided, "I must go over to look at this remarkable sight, and see why the bush is not burned."
When the Lord saw him coming over to look at it more closely, God called out to him from the bush, "Moses! Moses!" He answered, "Here I am." God said, "Come no nearer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground."
"I am the God of your father," he continued, "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob." Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. (Ex 3:1-6)