Understanding the Scriptures
|Lad (v. 2)||Boy (meaning the boy Joseph)|
|Their evil report (v. 2)||A report that they (the brothers) had done evil|
|Peaceably (v. 4)||Kindly|
|Binding sheaves (v. 7)||Tying stalks of wheat into bundles|
|Sheaf (v. 7)||Bundle of wheat|
|Made obeisance (vv. 7, 9)||Bowed down|
|Reign (v. 8)||Rule|
|Dominion (v. 8)||Power|
|Rebuked (v. 10)||Tried to correct or scold|
|Envied (v. 11)||Were jealous of|
|Observed (v. 11)||Remembered|
|Vale (v. 14)||Valley|
|Conspired (v. 18)||Planned|
|Devoured (vv. 20, 33)||Eaten|
|Delivered (v. 21)||Saved|
|Rid (v. 22)||Save|
|Company (v. 25)||Group|
|Spicery and balm and myrrh (v. 25)||Precious things to sell|
|Conceal (v. 26)||Hide|
|Content (v. 27)||Agreed|
|Merchantmen (v. 28)||Businessmen|
|Rent (vv. 29, 33–34)||Tore|
|Put sackcloth upon his loins (v. 34)||Dressed in rough clothing (a tradition that showed his sadness)|
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Genesis 37.
Choose a Title for a Biography
If you were writing a biography of Joseph’s life up to the end of Genesis 37, what would you title it? Explain why.
List the challenges in Genesis 37 that Joseph faced.
How do you think Joseph felt about his challenges?
How are Joseph’s challenges like the ones young people face today?
Gain Insight from the Book of Mormon
Explain why you think Jacob “refused to be comforted” (v. 35).
Jacob kept a piece of Joseph’s coat that his sons brought to him. Later, when he learned that Joseph was still alive, he prophesied about Joseph’s descendants. Read this prophecy in Alma 46:24–25 and explain it in your own words. This prophecy not only refers to the people of the Book of Mormon but also to you if you are from the tribes of Ephraim or Manasseh (Joseph’s sons).