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Bible Commentaries
Genesis 37

Bridgeway Bible CommentaryBridgeway Bible Commentary

Verses 1-36


Joseph taken to Egypt (37:1-36)

God had told Abraham that his descendants would become slaves in a foreign land, and would remain there till Canaan was ready for judgment. Then they would destroy the Canaanites and possess their land (see 15:13-16). The long story of Joseph shows how God was directing events according to his preannounced purposes.
Being the father’s favourite, Joseph was not popular with his ten older brothers. He was even less popular when he told them about his dreams, which suggested that one day he would have authority over them (37:1-11). When a suitable opportunity arose, his brothers tried to kill him, but Reuben saved his life (12-24). The brothers then sold Joseph to some traders who took him to Egypt, where he became a slave in the house of Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s chief officers (25-36).

Bibliographical Information
Flemming, Donald C. "Commentary on Genesis 37". "Fleming's Bridgeway Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bbc/genesis-37.html. 2005.
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