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Coat of Many Colors

Joseph's coat of many colors. Joseph's father favored him and gave Joseph the coat as a gift; as a result, he was envied by his brothers, who saw the special coat as indicating that Joseph would assume family leadership. His brothers' suspicion grew when Joseph told him of his two dreams (Genesis 37:11) . His brothers plotted against him when he was 17 years old, and would have killed him had not the eldest brother Reuben interposed. He persuaded them to throw Joseph into a pit and secretly planned to sell him to Ishmaelite merchants. When the Midianites arrived, the brothers dragged Joseph up and sold him to the merchants. The brothers then dipped Joseph's coat in goat blood to show their father, saying that Joseph had been torn apart by wild beasts. Joseph interpreted a number of dreams which included a warning of a coming famine. He became the governor of all Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh and was given the name of Zaphnath-paaneah. The great famine happened but Egypt was well prepared for it. Joseph's brothers came to Egypt to buy food and did not recognize him. Joseph revealed his identity and forgave them for what they had done to him.

As related in Genesis

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Taken on December 18, 2009