Genesis 37-38 Bible Study

Chapter 37 shows how jealousy and hatred can cause unrest in a family and turn one member against another.

Joseph and Benjamin were the sons of Jacob's favorite wife, Rachel. Jacob showed his love for Joseph by making him a richly ornamented robe. Joseph's older brothers were very jealous; they hated him and would not speak a kind word to him.

One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told the dream to his brothers they hated him even more (v. 7). Then in verse 9 Joseph had another dream in which the sun, moon and stars bowed down to him. He told the dream to his brothers and also to his father. His father rebuked him for telling the dream.

In verse 12 we are told that Joseph's brothers had gone some distance to graze their father's flocks. Jacob sent Joseph to his brothers. Upon his arrival, a man told Joseph that his brothers had moved on to another place. So Joseph went after them. When Joseph's brothers saw him coming in the distance, they plotted to kill him and throw him into a cistern (well). However, his brother Reuben did not want to kill him. So when Joseph arrived they stripped him of his robe and threw him into the cistern.

That night a caravan of Ishmaelites came by and Joseph's brothers sold Joseph to the caravan for twenty shekels of silver. Joseph's brothers took his robe, killed a goat and dipped his coat in the blood. Then they took the robe back to their father and told him that Joseph had been killed by a ferocious animal. Jacob was extremely upset and wept for his son Joseph.

The caravan went to Egypt and Joseph was sold into slavery to a man named Potiphar, who was one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.

In chapter 38 we learn that Judah married a Canaanite woman and had three sons: Er, Onan and Shelah. Judah got a wife for Er, and her name was Tamar. But Er and Onan were wicked in the Lord's sight; so He put them to death (38:6-10).

Judah told his daughter-in-law, Tamar, to live as a widow in her father's house until Judah's son, Shelah, grew up. However, after a long time, Tamar realized that Judah had no intention of giving her to Shelah as his wife (38:14). So she covered her face and disguised herself as a prostitute. When Judah saw her, he did not recognize that she was his daughter-in-law, and he slept with her. Tamar gave birth to twin sons, Perez and Zerah.

Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.

Genesis 37 to 38 Worksheet

Warren Simmons
 

Chapter 37 shows how ________ can cause unrest in a family and turn one member against another.

______ and ________ were the sons of Jacob's favorite wife, Rachel.

'Israel loved ______ more than any of his other sons because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented ____ for him” (37:3).

Joseph's older brothers were very jealous; they hated him and could not speak a ____ word to him.

One night Joseph had a _____, and when he told the _____ to his brothers they hated him even more (37:7).

Joseph had another dream in which the ___, ____ and _____ bowed down to him (37:9).

He told the dream to his ________ and also his father. His father _______ him for telling the dream.

Joseph's brothers had gone some distance to _____ their father's flocks.

_____ sent Joseph to his brothers to see if all was ____ with them and with the flocks (37:14).

When Joseph's brothers saw him coming in the distance, they plotted to ____ him.

However, his brother ______ did not want to kill him. So when Joseph arrived they ________ him of his robe and threw him into the cistern (37:23).

When a caravan of ___________ came by, Joseph's brothers sold him for ______ shekels of silver.

Joseph's brothers took his robe, killed a ____ and dipped his coat in the blood (37:31).

They took the robe back to their father and told him Joseph had been killed by a ferocious ______.

The caravan went to _____ and Joseph was sold into slavery to a man named ________ (37:36).

Judah married a Canaanite woman and they had three sons: __, ____ and ______ (38:1-5).

Judah's first two sons were ______ in the Lord's sight; so the Lord put them to _____ (38:6-10).

 

Memory Verse: 'I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).

Genesis 37 to 38
Go to the Word
 

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.

Genesis 37:34                           Genesis 37:19                           Genesis 37:21               Genesis 38:1

Genesis 37:27                           Genesis 37:23                           Genesis 38:30               Genesis 38:11

 

''Here comes that _______!' they said to each other.”                                      Genesis ______

 

''Come, let's sell him to the ___________ and not lay our hands on him;               Genesis ______

after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.'”

 

'When Reuben heard this, he tried to ______ him from their hands.”             Genesis ______

 

'Then Jacob ____ his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son                   Genesis ______

many days.”
 

'So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his ____             Genesis ______

—the richly ornamented robe he was wearing.”

 

'Then his brother, who had the _______ thread on his wrist, came out and                   Genesis ______

he was given the name ______.”

 

'At that time, _____ left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of                     Genesis ______

Adullam named Hirah.”

 

'Judah then said to his daughter-in-law _____, 'Live as a widow in your                 Genesis ______

father's _____ until my son Shelah grows up.' For he thought, 'He may

die too, just like his brothers.' So Tamar went to live in her father's house.”