Bible Verses about Joseph – Here’s a set of bullet points explaining what the Bible says about Joseph:
Joseph, the Son of Jacob:
- Joseph was the eleventh son of Jacob (also known as Israel) and the first son of Jacob’s beloved wife Rachel (Genesis 30:22-24).
- He was born in Paddan-aram, while his family was living with his uncle Laban (Genesis 30:25-26).
Coat of Many Colors:
- Joseph’s father Jacob gave him a special coat of many colors, signifying his favoritism toward him (Genesis 37:3).
- This coat became a source of jealousy and conflict among Joseph and his brothers.
Dreamer of Dreams:
- Joseph had dreams that seemed to foretell his future leadership and prominence over his family (Genesis 37:5-11).
- These dreams contributed to the animosity of his brothers, who felt threatened by them.
Sold into Slavery:
- Joseph’s brothers, out of jealousy and anger, sold him into slavery when he came to visit them in the field (Genesis 37:12-28).
- He was taken to Egypt, where he would face numerous trials and challenges.
In Potiphar’s House:
- Joseph ended up as a servant in the house of an Egyptian named Potiphar (Genesis 39:1-6).
- Despite being falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife, Joseph remained faithful and was eventually put in charge of Potiphar’s household.
Interpreting Dreams in Prison:
- While imprisoned in Egypt for a false accusation, Joseph displayed the ability to interpret dreams, a talent he would later use for Pharaoh (Genesis 40:1-23).
- He interpreted the dreams of fellow prisoners, foretelling one man’s release and another’s execution.
Interpreting Pharaoh’s Dreams:
- Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams eventually led him to interpret Pharaoh’s troubling dreams about cows and grain (Genesis 41:1-36).
- Pharaoh was impressed by Joseph’s wisdom and made him the second-in-command in Egypt, overseeing the management of food during a severe famine.
Reunited with Family:
- During the famine, Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt seeking food, unknowingly encountering their long-lost brother (Genesis 42:1-28).
- Joseph tested them before revealing his identity, eventually forgiving them and reuniting with his family.
Preservation of Israel:
- Joseph’s position in Egypt allowed him to provide for his family and bring them to Egypt, where they settled in the land of Goshen (Genesis 45:5-11).
- His actions preserved the family of Israel during the famine and set the stage for the Israelites’ eventual growth and enslavement in Egypt.
The story of Joseph in the Bible highlights themes of family, jealousy, resilience, forgiveness, and God’s providential care. His journey from being sold into slavery to becoming a powerful leader in Egypt is one of the most compelling narratives in the Old Testament.
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25 Bible Verses about Joseph in Egypt
- Genesis 39:2 – “The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master.” Joseph was successful in Egypt due to the Lord’s favor.
- Genesis 41:38-39 – “And Pharaoh said to his servants, ‘Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?’ Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are.’” Pharaoh recognized the wisdom and discernment God had given Joseph.
- Genesis 41:41 – “So Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.’” Pharaoh made Joseph second in command in Egypt, after himself.
- Genesis 41:44 – “And Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.’” Pharaoh gave Joseph ultimate authority over all of Egypt.
- Genesis 45:7 – “And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.” God used Joseph to preserve and protect a remnant of Israel in Egypt.
- Genesis 45:9-11 – “Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; do not tarry. You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have.’” Joseph invited his family to come and live with him in Egypt.
- Genesis 45:16-17 – “And report to my father of all my honor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen; and you shall haste and bring down my father here.” Joseph urged his brothers to tell his father about all the honor and favor he had received in Egypt.
- Genesis 45:28 – “And Israel said, ‘It is enough; Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.’” Israel was finally able to be reunited with his son Joseph in Egypt.
- Genesis 50:20 – “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Joseph was able to see how God had used his brothers’ evil plans for good.
- Exodus 1:8-10 – “Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, ‘Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.’” A new Pharaoh arose who did not know Joseph, and thus sought to oppress the Israelites.
- Exodus 1:15-16 – “Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah; and he said, ‘When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.’” Pharaoh’s oppression of the Hebrews did not begin until after Joseph’s death.
- Exodus 1:21 – “And because the midwives feared God, he provided households for them.” The midwives who disobeyed Pharaoh’s orders to kill the Hebrew boys were rewarded by God.
- Exodus 2:23-24 – “Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” God remembered His covenant with the children of Israel and delivered them from their bondage in Egypt.
- Exodus 3:7-8 – “And the Lord said: ‘I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey.’” God saw the suffering of His people in Egypt and promised to deliver them to a land of plenty.
- Exodus 4:19 – “So the Lord said to Moses in Midian, ‘Go, return to Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead.’” God sent Moses back to Egypt to deliver His people from their bondage.
- Exodus 7:3 – “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt.” God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that He could display His power and might in Egypt.
- Exodus 13:3 – “And Moses said to the people: ‘Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out of this place.’” Moses reminded the people of how God had delivered them from their bondage in Egypt.
- Exodus 13:14 – “And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is this?’ that you shall say to him, ‘By strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.’” Moses instructed the people to teach their children about the Lord’s deliverance from Egypt.
- Exodus 14:31 – “So Israel saw the great work which the Lord had done in Egypt; so the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord and His servant Moses.” The people saw the great power of the Lord when He delivered them from Egypt, and so they believed in Him.
- Deuteronomy 6:20-21 – “When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the Lord our God has commanded you?’ then you shall say to your son: ‘We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.’” Moses instructed the people to teach their children about the Lord’s deliverance from Egypt.
- Deuteronomy 26:5-8 – “And you shall answer and say before the Lord your God: ‘My father was a Syrian, about to perish, and he went down to Egypt and sojourned there, few in number; but there he became a nation, great, mighty, and numerous. But the Egyptians mistreated us, afflicted us, and laid hard bondage on us. Then we cried out to the Lord God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice and looked on our affliction and our labor and our oppression. So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders.’” Moses reminded the people of how God had delivered them from their bondage in Egypt.
- Isaiah 19:24-25 – “In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria – a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.’” Isaiah foresaw a time when Israel, Egypt, and Assyria would be blessed by the Lord.
- Jeremiah 44:30 – “Thus says the Lord: ‘Indeed I will give Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies and into the hand of those who seek his life, as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, his enemy who sought his life.’” God promised to deliver Pharaoh Hophra into the hands of his enemies.
- Jeremiah 46:25-26 – “The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, says: ‘Behold, I will bring punishment on Amon of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with all her multitude, The kings who sit on the throne of the Pharaoh, and all the land of Egypt.’” God promised to punish Pharaoh and the land of Egypt.
- Ezekiel 29:17-20 – “And it came to pass in the seven and twentieth year, in the first month, in the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, ‘Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and, lo, it shall not be bound up to be healed, to put a roller to bind it, to make it strong to hold the sword. Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and will break his arms, the strong, and that which was broken; and I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand. I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them throughout the countries.’” God promised to punish Pharaoh and scatter the Egyptians throughout the nations.
Best Bible Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Below is a table featuring some highly regarded Bible Encyclopedias and Dictionaries along with their publishers and websites where they can be found or purchased.
|The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia||Eerdmans||Eerdmans|
|Zondervan’s Pictorial Bible Dictionary||Zondervan||Zondervan|
|Easton’s Bible Dictionary||Thomas Nelson||Thomas Nelson|
|Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary||B&H Publishing Group||B&H Publishing Group|
|The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary||Moody Publishers||Moody Publishers|
|HarperCollins Bible Dictionary||HarperOne||HarperOne|
|Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words||Thomas Nelson||Thomas Nelson|
You can generally find these resources on the publishers’ websites, as well as other online book retailers such as Amazon or Christianbook. It’s always good practice to confirm availability and review additional details on the specific websites or other reliable online bookstores.Purpose of Life Launcher by Gregory Gaines