Genesis 37:7
New International Version
We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it."

New Living Translation
"We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!"

English Standard Version
Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.”

Berean Study Bible
We were binding sheaves of grain in the field, and suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to mine.”

New American Standard Bible
for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf."

King James Bible
For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

Christian Standard Bible
There we were, binding sheaves of grain in the field. Suddenly my sheaf stood up, and your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf."

Contemporary English Version
We were out in the field, tying up bundles of wheat. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles gathered around and bowed down to it."

Good News Translation
We were all in the field tying up sheaves of wheat, when my sheaf got up and stood up straight. Yours formed a circle around mine and bowed down to it."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There we were, binding sheaves of grain in the field. Suddenly my sheaf stood up, and your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.""

International Standard Version
"We were tying sheaves together out in the middle of the fields, when all of a sudden, my sheaf stood up erect! And then your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf!"

NET Bible
There we were, binding sheaves of grain in the middle of the field. Suddenly my sheaf rose up and stood upright and your sheaves surrounded my sheaf and bowed down to it!"

New Heart English Bible
for look, we were binding sheaves in the field, and look, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and look, your sheaves came around, and bowed down to my sheaf."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We were tying grain into bundles out in the field, and suddenly mine stood up. It remained standing while your bundles gathered around my bundle and bowed down to it."

JPS Tanakh 1917
for, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves came round about, and bowed down to my sheaf.'

New American Standard 1977
for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about and made obeisance to my sheaf.

King James 2000 Bible
For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and bowed down to my sheaf.

American King James Version
For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, see, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

American Standard Version
for, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves came round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I thought we were binding sheaves in the field: and my sheaf arose as it were, end stood, and your sheaves standing about, bowed down before my sheaf.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, we were binding sheaves in the fields, and lo, my sheaf rose up, and remained standing; and behold, your sheaves came round about and bowed down to my sheaf.

English Revised Version
for, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves came round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

Webster's Bible Translation
For behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves stood around and made obeisance to my sheaf.

World English Bible
for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves came around, and bowed down to my sheaf."

Young's Literal Translation
that, lo, we are binding bundles in the midst of the field, and lo, my bundle hath arisen, and hath also stood up, and lo, your bundles are round about, and bow themselves to my bundle.'
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Joseph's Dreams
6He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7We were binding sheaves of grain in the field, and suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to mine.” 8“Do you intend to reign over us?” his brothers asked. “Will you actually rule us?” So they hated him even more because of his dream and his statements.…
Cross References
Genesis 27:29
May peoples serve you and nations bow down to you. May you be the master of your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed, and those who bless you be blessed."

Genesis 37:6
He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had:

Genesis 42:6
Now Joseph was the ruler of the land, who sold grain to all its people. So when his brothers arrived, they bowed down before him with their faces to the ground.

Genesis 42:9
Joseph remembered his dreams about them and said, "You are spies! You have come to see if our land is vulnerable."

Genesis 43:26
When Joseph came home, they presented him with the gifts they had brought, and they bowed to the ground before him.

Genesis 43:28
"Your servant our father is well," they answered. "He is still alive." And they bowed down to honor him.

Genesis 44:14
When Judah and his brothers arrived at Joseph's house, he was still there, and they fell to the ground before him.

Genesis 44:18
Then Judah approached Joseph and said, "Sir, please let your servant speak personally to my lord. Do not be angry with your servant, for you are an equal to Pharaoh.

Treasury of Scripture

For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, see, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

your sheaves.

Genesis 42:6,9 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold …

Genesis 43:26 And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was …

Genesis 44:14,19 And Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house; for he was yet …

obeisance.

Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, …

Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, …







Lexicon
We
אֲנַ֜חְנוּ (’ă·naḥ·nū)
Pronoun - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 587: We

were binding
מְאַלְּמִ֤ים (mə·’al·lə·mîm)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 481: To tie fast, to be tongue-tied

sheaves of grain
אֲלֻמִּים֙ (’ă·lum·mîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 485: Something bound, a sheaf

in
בְּת֣וֹךְ (bə·ṯō·wḵ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8432: A bisection, the centre

the field,
הַשָּׂדֶ֔ה (haś·śā·ḏeh)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7704: Field, land

and suddenly
וְהִנֵּ֛ה (wə·hin·nêh)
Conjunctive waw | Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

my sheaf
אֲלֻמָּתִ֖י (’ă·lum·mā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 485: Something bound, a sheaf

rose
קָ֥מָה (qā·māh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

and
וְגַם־ (wə·ḡam-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

stood upright,
נִצָּ֑בָה (niṣ·ṣā·ḇāh)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5324: To take one's stand, stand

while your sheaves
אֲלֻמֹּ֣תֵיכֶ֔ם (’ă·lum·mō·ṯê·ḵem)
Noun - feminine plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 485: Something bound, a sheaf

gathered around
תְסֻבֶּ֙ינָה֙ (ṯə·sub·be·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5437: To turn about, go around, surround

and bowed down
וַתִּֽשְׁתַּחֲוֶ֖יןָ (wat·tiš·ta·ḥă·we·nā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7812: To depress, prostrate

to [mine].”
לַאֲלֻמָּתִֽי׃ (la·’ă·lum·mā·ṯî)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 485: Something bound, a sheaf
(7) Stood upright.--Heb., took its station. It is the verb used in Genesis 24:13, where see Note. It implies that the sheaf took the position of chief. We gather from this dream that Jacob practised agriculture, not occasionally, as had been the case with Isaac (Genesis 26:12), but regularly, as seems to have been usual also at Haran (Genesis 30:14).

Verse 7. - For (literally, and), behold, we were binding sheaves - literally, binding things bound, i.e. sheaves, alumim, from alam, to bind; the order of the words and the participial form of the verb indicating that the speaker describes the vision as it appeared to his mind (vide Ewald, 'Hebrews Synt.,' § 342) - in the field, - literally, in the middle of the field; from which it would appear that Jacob was not a mere nomad, but carried on agricultural operations like his father Isaac (Genesis 26:12) - and, lo, - "the הֵנּה, as repeated in his narration, shows that he had a presentiment of something great" (Lange) - my sheaf arose, and also stood upright (literally, stood, i.e. placed itself upright, and remained so); and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance - i.e. bowed themselves down (cf. Genesis 23:7, Abraham bowing to the Hethites) - to my sheaf. The fulfillment of this dream occurred in Egypt (vide Genesis 42:6; Genesis 43:26; Genesis 44:14). 37:5-11 God gave Joseph betimes the prospect of his advancement, to support and comfort him under his long and grievous troubles. Observe, Joseph dreamed of his preferment, but he did not dream of his imprisonment. Thus many young people, when setting out in the world, think of nothing but prosperity and pleasure, and never dream of trouble. His brethren rightly interpreted the dream, though they abhorred the interpretation of it. While they committed crimes in order to defeat it, they were themselves the instruments of accomplishing it. Thus the Jews understood what Christ said of his kingdom. Determined that he should not reign over them, they consulted to put him to death; and by his crucifixion, made way for the exaltation they designed to prevent.
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