Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand, and said, “Let’s not take his life.” Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him”—that he might deliver him out of their hand, to restore him to his father.
Introductory Discussion Questions
Do you have any brothers?
When you were a child, how was your relationship to your brother/brothers?
What are some reasons that brothers and sisters may not get along?
Did you ever run errands for your parents? What kinds of errands were they?
What kinds of jobs do you think parents can ask their children to do?
What jobs should parents not ask their children to do? Why?
Introductory Chore and Allowance Discussion
Did your parents give you an allowance?
What is your own view on having an allowance?
looking for seeking
Listening Blank Fill
12 His brothers went to feed their father’s flock _______ Shechem. Israel said to Joseph, “Aren’t your brothers feeding ________ flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send _________ to them.” He said to him, “Here I ______.” He said to him, “Go now, see whether ______ is well with your brothers, and well with _______ flock; and bring me word again.” So he _________ him out of the valley of Hebron, and _________ came to Shechem. A certain man found him, __________ behold, he was wandering in the field. The man __________ him, “What are you looking for?” He said, “_____ am looking for my brothers. Tell me, please, _________ they are feeding the flock.” The man said, “___________ have left here, for I heard them say, ‘__________ us go to Dothan.’”
Word Bank Fill in the Blank
Joseph went after his brothers, and found them in ___________. They saw him afar off, and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to ________ him. They said to one another, “Behold, this dreamer comes. Come now therefore, and let’s kill him, and ____________ him into one of the pits, and we will say, ‘An evil animal has ________________ him.’ We will see what will become of his dreams.”
Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand, and said, “Let’s not __________ his life.” Reuben said to them, “Shed no ____________. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him”—that he might ____________ him out of their hand, to restore him to his father.
Verb Bank Fill in the Blank
Joseph _________ after his brothers, and found them in Dothan. They saw him afar off, and before he came near to them, they ________________ against him to kill him. They said to one another, “Behold, this dreamer ___________. Come now therefore, and let’s kill him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will ____________, ‘An evil animal has devoured him.’ We will see what will _____________ of his dreams.”
Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand, and said, “Let’s not __________ his life.” Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood. ____________ him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but __________ no hand on him”—that he might deliver him out of their hand, to ____________ him to his father.
Pair Work Discussion Questions
Why do you think Joseph didn't go with his brothers in the first place?
What was Joseph's mission (what was he supposed to do)?
What was the attitude of the brothers toward Joseph's dreams?
What do you think were the motives of Reuben to save his brother?
Why do the brothers feel like this is their opportunity to kill their brother Joseph?
What was Joseph's attitude toward his father?
If this story were made up, do you think it would include the short conversation between Joseph and the man of Shechem? Why or why not?
Does the story reveal what the brothers thought about dreams?
How do the brothers plan to cover up their crime?
Research and Writing
Using the internet, research the distances between Hebron, Shechem, and Dothan.
Write your findings and be prepared to share in the next class.
12 约 瑟 的 哥 哥 们 往 示 剑 去 放 他 们 父 亲 的 羊 。
13 以 色 列 对 约 瑟 说 ： 你 哥 哥 们 不 是 在 示 剑 放 羊 麽 ？ 你 来 ， 我 要 打 发 你 往 他 们 那 里 去 。 约 瑟 说 ： 我 在 这 里 。
14 以 色 列 说 ： 你 去 看 看 你 哥 哥 们 平 安 不 平 安 ， 群 羊 平 安 不 平 安 ， 就 回 来 报 信 给 我 ； 於 是 打 发 他 出 希 伯 仑 谷 ， 他 就 往 示 剑 去 了 。
15 有 人 遇 见 他 在 田 野 走 迷 了 路 ， 就 问 他 说 ： 你 找 甚 麽 ？
16 他 说 ： 我 找 我 的 哥 哥 们 ， 求 你 告 诉 我 ， 他 们 在 何 处 放 羊 。
17 那 人 说 ： 他 们 已 经 走 了 ， 我 听 见 他 们 说 要 往 多 坍 去 。 约 瑟 就 去 追 赶 他 哥 哥 们 ， 遇 见 他 们 在 多 坍 。
18 他 们 远 远 地 看 见 他 ， 趁 他 还 没 有 走 到 跟 前 ， 大 家 就 同 谋 要 害 死 他 ，
19 彼 此 说 ： 你 看 ！ 那 做 梦 的 来 了 。
20 来 罢 ！ 我 们 将 他 杀 了 ， 丢 在 一 个 坑 里 ， 就 说 有 恶 兽 把 他 吃 了 。 我 们 且 看 他 的 梦 将 来 怎 麽 样 。
21 流 便 听 见 了 ， 要 救 他 脱 离 他 们 的 手 ， 说 ： 我 们 不 可 害 他 的 性 命 ；
22 又 说 ： 不 可 流 他 的 血 ， 可 以 把 他 丢 在 这 野 地 的 坑 里 ， 不 可 下 手 害 他 。 流 便 的 意 思 是 要 救 他 脱 离 他 们 的 手 ， 把 他 归 还 他 的 父 亲 。
Synonym Matching: flock-->herd, father-->dad, well-->good, wandering-->rambling, looking for-->seeking, heard-->listened, pit-->well, devoured-->eaten, delivered-->rescued.
Antonym Matching: cast-->catch, come-->go, here-->there, sent-->received, asked-->told, went-->came, evil-->good, restore-->destroy.
Listening Blank Fill: in, the, you, am, it, your, sent, he, and, asked, I, where, they, let,
Word Bank Fill in the Blank: Dothan, kill, cast, devoured, take, blood, deliver.
Verb Bank Fill in the Blank: went, conspired, comes, say, become, take, throw, lay, restore.