Israel had 11 sons. The youngest son, Joseph, was Israel’s favourite. Israel wouldn’t let Joseph go out to work with his brothers. He kept Joseph home and gave him lots of presents.
Joseph liked to show his presents to his brothers. That did not make them like Joseph. Joseph particularly liked the fine coat his father gave him, made of many, many colours.
One day, Joseph told his brothers about his dreams. “I dream that you all bow down to me,” he said.
This made Joseph’s brothers angry.
The next day, Israel sent Joseph with a message to his brothers who were in the fields with the sheep. The brothers trapped Joseph and put him in a deep pit. Then they sold him to some traders who were passing.
One day, the wife of Joseph’s master asked Joseph to kiss her. Joseph would not, and she became angry. She lied to her husband and said that Joseph had tried to kiss her. The husband had Joseph sent to prison.
Things looked pretty bad for Joseph, but Joseph trusted God. He knew God had a plan for him.