Story of Joseph (Parte Dos)

Story of Joseph (Parte Dos)

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After some time had passed …

The king said,
“I saw seven fat cows, whom seven lean ones ate, and seven green ears of corn, and seven other dried. My Council! Explain to me my dream if you can interpret dreams.”
They said,
“A confused medley of dreams, and we are not skilled in the interpretation of dreams!”
But the man who had been released, one of the two from prison and who now remembered Joseph after a space of time, said,
“I will tell you the truth of its meaning, send me to visit the prision.”

“Joseph! Man of Truth! Explain to me a vision of seven fat cows whom seven lean ones devour, and of seven green ears of corn and seven others dried up. Explain, so that I may return to the council, and that they may understand.”
Joseph said,
“For seven years the people will diligently sow as they desire, and the harvests that they reap, they will leave them in the ear, except a little, of which they shall eat. Then will come after that seven dreadful years, which will deplete what they have kept in reserve for themselves, except a little which they have guarded. Then will come after that a period in which the people will have abundant water, and in which they will make oil and wine.”

Upon hearing the meaning of the vision, the king said, “Bring him to me.”
But when the messenger came to him, Joseph said,
“Go back to your king, and ask him, ‘What is the state of mind of the ladies who cut their hands’? For my king is certainly well aware of their attraction.”
The king asked them,
“What was your affair when you did try to seduce Joseph against his will?”
The ladies said,
“God preserve us! no evil do we know against him!”
The wife of the guardian of Joseph said,
“Now the truth is known to all: it was I who tried to seduce him against his will, he is indeed of those who are honest and virtuous. This I say, in order that he may know that I have never been false to him in his absence, and that God will never guide the attraction of the evil ones. I also do not absolve my self, the nature of desire is certainly prone to evil unless my Lord does bestow IT’s Mercy. But surely my Lord is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.”

The king said,
“Bring him to me, I will make him special to serve about my own people.”
Therefore when the king spoke to Joseph, the king said,
“Be assured this day, you are of high standings with us, invested with all the trust.”
Joseph requested,
“Set me over the reserves of the land: I am a good keeper, knowledgeable”

 

Thus did did God established power to Joseph in the land, to take possession therein as, when, or where he found necessary. God grants Mercy on whom IT pleases, and God suffers not, to be lost, the reward of those who do good.
But without a doubt, the reward of the Hereafter is the best, for those who believe, and are constant in righteousness.

 

Then came Joseph’s siblings. They entered his presence, and he knew them, but they knew him not.
And when he had given them food for the stock-for-trade they brought, he said,
“Bring unto me a brother you have, of the same father as yourselves, can you not see that I pay out full measures, and that I do provide the best hospitality? Now if you bring him not to me, you shall have no measure of food from me, nor can you complain about me.”

They said,
“We shall certainly try to get him from his father: Indeed we shall do it.”

Then Joseph told his employees to put their stock-for-trade back into their saddle-bags, so they should know it only when they returned to their people, in order that would be more inclined to come back.

Now when they returned to their father, they said,
“O our father! No more measure of grain shall we get, unless you send our brother with us, that we may get our full measure, and we will indeed take every care of him.”

Jacob said,
“Shall I trust you with him with any result other than when I trusted you with his brother afore time? But God is the best to take care, and IT is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!”

Then when they opened their baggage, they found their stock-for-trade had been returned to them. They said,
“O our father! What more can we desire? Our stock-for-trade has been returned to us: so we can get even more food for our family; We shall take care of our brother; and add a full camel’s load of food to our bags. This is but a small quantity.”

Jacob said,
“Never will I send him with you until you swear a solemn oath to me, in God’s name, that you will be sure to bring him back to me unless you are yourselves stuck behind.”
And when they had sworn their solemn oath, he said,
“Over all that we say, be God the Witness and Guardian!”
Further he said,
“My sons! enter not all by one gate: enter by different gates. Not that I can profit you in anything against God. None can command except God: On IT do I put my trust: and let all that trust, put their trust on God.”

 

And when they entered in the manner their father had enjoined, it did not profit them in the least against God: It only satisfied Jacob’s desire. For he was, by God, full of knowledge, but most men know not.

 

Now when they came into Joseph’s presence, he received his brother to stay with him. Joseph said to his brother,
“I am your own brother; so grieve not at all of their doings.”

At length when Joseph had furnished them forth with provisions for them, a drinking cup was placed into his brother’s saddle-bag. Then a crier shouted out,
“Oh You In The Caravan! You are Thieves!”
The siblings said, turning towards them: “What is it that you are missing?”
The crier said,
“We miss the great cup of the king; for him who produces it, is the reward of a camel load; I will be bound by it.”
The siblings said,
“By God! please know that we came not to make mischief in the land, and we are no thieves!”
The crier said,
“What then shall be the penalty, if you are proved to have lied?”
The siblings said,
“The penalty should be that he in whose saddle-bag it is found, should be held to atone for the crime. This is how we punish the wrong-doers!”

So crier began to search their baggage, before he came to the baggage of Josephs’ brother. And then he brought it out of his brother’s baggage.

 

Thus did God plan for Joseph. Joseph could not take his brother by the law of the king except that God willed it. God raises to degrees whom IT please: One endued with All Knowledge, the All-Knowing.

 

The siblings said,
“If he steals, there was a brother of his who did steal before.”
But the truth did Joseph kept locked in his heart, revealing not the secrets to them. He said,
“You are the worse situated; and God knows best the truth of what you assert!”
They said,
“O exalted one! he has a father, aged and venerable, who will grieve for him. So take one of us in his place, for we see that you are gracious in doing good.”
Joseph said,
“God forbid that we take other than him with whom we found our property: indeed, we would be acting unlawfully.”

Now when they saw no hope of him yielding, they held a conference in private. The elder among them said,
“You know that our father did take an oath from us in the name of God, and how, before this, we did fail in our duty with Joseph? Therefore I will not leave this land until my father permits me, or God commands me; and God is the Best to Command. You all, turn back to our father, and tell him what happened.

They returned and told Jacob,
“Your son committed theft! We bear witness only to what we know, and we could not well guard against the unseen!, Ask at the town where we have been and the caravan in which we returned, and you will know we are indeed telling the truth.”
Jacob said,
“No! but you have yourselves concocted a story that is good enough for you. So patience is most fitting for me. Maybe God will bring them both back to me . For God is indeed Full of Knowledge and Wisdom.”

 

And Jacob turned away from them, and said: “How great is my grief for Joseph!” And his eyes became white with sorrow, and he fell into silent melancholy.

 

The family of Jacob said,
“By God! will you stop remembering Joseph when you have reached the last extremity of illness, or until you die?!”
Jacob  said,
“I only complain of my distraction and anguish to God, and I know from God that which you know not. O my sons! go and inquire about Joseph and his brother, and never give up hope of God’s Soothing Mercy: truly no one despairs of God’s Soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith.”

Then, when they went back into Joseph’s presence, they said,
“O exalted one! distress has seized us and our family: we have brought but a little wealth: so pay us full measure, and treat it as charity to us, for God does reward the charitable.”
He said,
“Do you know how you dealt with Joseph and his brother, not knowing the consequences?”
They said,
“Are you indeed Joseph?”
He said,
“I am Joseph, and this is my brother: God has indeed been gracious to me. Know that One that is Righteous and Patient, Never Will God Let the Reward to be Lost, for those who do what is Righteous.”
They said,
“By God! indeed has God preferred you above us, and we certainly have been guilty of sin!”
Joseph said,
“This day you are forgiven by me and let no one reproach you for it. May God Forgive you, and God is the Most Merciful of those who show Mercy!” Go with my shirt and cast it over the face of my father, he will come to realized the reality. Then come here to me together with all of your family.”

 

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