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Joseph Skit Scripts

JOSEPH AND HIS BROTHERS (GEN. 37:1-11)
NARRATOR: When Jacob’s son Joseph was 17 years old, he took care of the sheep with his brothers. But he was always telling his father all sorts of bad things about his brothers.
JOSEPH: Dad, wait until I tell you what my brothers did today. They were not obeying you.
NARRATOR: Jacob loved Joseph more than he did any of his other sons, because Joseph was born after Jacob was very old. Jacob had given Joseph a fancy coat of many colors to show that he was his favorite son
BROTHER 1: I just hate Joseph, don’t you? Father gave him that beautiful coat. That type of coat is only worn by a rich man’s son. A person wearing that type of coat would not be expected to do any hard work.
JOSEPH: My brothers, let me tell you about my dream. 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.
BROTHER 2: Do you really think you are going to be king and rule over us?
BROTHER 3: Now I hate Joseph more than ever because of what he had said about his stupid dream.
ALL BROTHERS: Me, too!
JOSEPH: My father and my brothers, listen to what else I dreamed. The sun, the moon, and eleven stars bowed down to me.
JACOB: What’s this supposed to mean? Are your mother and I and your brothers all going to come and bow down in front of you?

JOSEPH IS SOLD AND TAKEN TO EGYPT (GEN. 37:12-36)
NARRATOR: One day Joseph’s brothers had taken the sheep to a pasture.
JACOB: Joseph, I want you to go to your brothers and find out how they and the sheep are doing. Then come back and let me know.
BROTHERS: Look, here comes that dreamer! Let’s kill him and throw him into a pit and say that some wild animal ate him. Then we’ll see what happens to his dreams.
REUBEN: “Let’s not kill him or even harm him. Just throw him into a dry well.
NARRATOR: Reuben planned to rescue Joseph later and take him back to his father.
JOSEPH: Hello, my brothers! How are you doing today?
NARRATOR: They pulled off his fancy coat and threw him into a dry well.
JOSEPH: Let me out! Please let me out!
NARRATOR: Then they sat down to eat their lunch. As they sat down to eat, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead.
JUDAH: What good will it do us if we kill our brother and hide his body? Let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites as a slave and not harm him. After all, he is our brother.
BROTHERS: Sounds good to us.
BROTHERS (TO ISHMAELITES) We have a strong young man we will sell you for 20 pieces of silver. You can make a slave of him.
NARRATOR: So the Ishmaelites bought Joseph and brought him to Egypt.
REUBEN: The boy is gone! What am I going to do?
NARRATOR: Joseph’s brothers killed a goat and dipped Joseph’s fancy coat in its blood.
BROTHERS: Father, we found this! Look at it carefully and see if it belongs to Joseph.
JACOB: It’s my son’s coat! Joseph has been torn to pieces and eaten by some wild animal. I will go to my grave, mourning for my son.

JOSEPH GOES TO PRISON (GEN. 39:1-23)
NARRATOR: After Joseph was sold to the Ishmaelites, they took Joseph to Egypt and sold him as a slave to Potiphar, the king’s official in charge of the palace guard. Joseph lived in Potiphar’s home.
POTIPHAR: The Lord is helping you to be successful in whatever you do. You will be my personal assistant. You will be in charge of my house and all of my property.
POTIPHAR’S WIFE: You are very handsome. I would like you to come much closer to me.
JOSEPH: My master has placed me in charge of every-thing he owns. No one in my master’s house is more important than I am. The only thing he hasn’t given me is you, and that’s because you are his wife. I won’t sin against God with you.
POTIPHAR’S WIFE: Please, Joseph! I have been asking you every day, and you keep saying no.
JOSEPH: I will not sin against God or against my master with you.
NARRATOR: One day, Joseph went to Potiphar’s house to do his work, and none of the other servants were there. Potiphar’s wife grabbed hold of his coat. Joseph ran out of the house, leaving her hanging onto his coat. Potiphar’s wife kept Joseph’s coat until her husband came home.
POTIPHAR’S WIFE: That Hebrew slave of yours tried to attack me! But when I screamed for help, he left his coat and ran out of the house.
POTIPHAR: Joseph, I trusted you! Now you will go to prison for what you did.
NARRATOR: While Joseph was in prison, the Lord helped him and was good to him. He even made the jailer like Joseph so much that he put him in charge of the other prisoners and of everything that was done in the jail. The jailer did not worry about anything, because the Lord was with Joseph and made him successful in all he did.

JOSEPH TELLS THE MEANING OF THE PRISONERS’ DREAMS (GEN. 40:1-23)
NARRATOR: While Joseph was in prison, both the king’s personal servant and his chief cook made the king angry. So he had them thrown into the same prison with Joseph.
JOSEPH: Why are you so worried today?
SERVANT AND COOK: We each had a dream last night, and there is no one to tell us what they mean.
JOSEPH: God knows the meaning of dreams. Now tell me what you dreamed.
SERVANT: In my dream I saw a vine with three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its grapes became ripe. I held the king’s cup and squeezed the grapes into it, then I gave the cup to the king.
JOSEPH: This is the meaning of your dream. The three branches stand for three days, and in three days the king will pardon you. He will make you his personal servant again, and you will serve him his wine, just as you used to do. But when these good things happen, please don’t forget to tell the king about me, so I can get out of this place. I was kidnapped from the land of tbrews, and here in Egypt I haven’t done anything to deserve being thrown in jail.
COOK: I also had a dream. In it I was carrying three bread-baskets stacked on top of my head. The top basket was full of all kinds of baked things for the king, but birds were eating them.
JOSEPH: This is the meaning of your dream. The three baskets are three days, and in three days the king will have you killed.
NARRATOR: Three days later, while the king was celebrating his birthday with a dinner, he sent for his personal servant and the chief cook. He put the personal servant back in his old job and had the cook put to death. Everything happened just as Joseph had said it would, but the king’s personal servant completely forgot about Joseph.

JOSEPH INTERPRETS THE KING’S DREAMS (GEN. 41:1-36)
NARRATOR: Two years later the king of Egypt had two dreams. The next morning he was upset. So he called in his magicians and wise men and told them what he had dreamed. None of them could tell him what the dreams meant.
KING’S PERSONAL SERVANT: When you were angry with me and your chief cook, you threw us both in jail. One night we both had dreams, and each dream had a different meaning. A young Hebrew servant was there with us at the time. When we told him our dreams, he explained what each of them meant, and everything happened just as he said it would. I got my job back, and the cook was put to death.
NARRATOR: The king sent for Joseph, who was quickly brought out of jail. He shaved, changed his clothes, and went to the king.
THE KING: I had a dream, yet no one can explain what it means. I am told that you can interpret dreams.
JOSEPH: Your Majesty, I can’t do it myself, but God can give a good meaning to your dreams.
THE KING: I dreamed I was standing on the bank of the Nile River. I saw seven fat, healthy cows come up out of the river, and they began eating the grass. Next, seven skinny, bony cows came up out of the river. The skinny cows ate the fat ones. I also dreamed that I saw seven full, ripe heads of grain growing on one stalk. Then seven thin, scorched heads of grain came up. These heads of grain swallowed the full ones. I told my dreams to the magicians, but none of them could tell me their meaning.
JOSEPH: Your Majesty, both of your dreams mean the same thing. The seven good cows stand for seven years, and so do the seven good heads of grain. The seven skinny, ugly cows also stand for seven years, as do the seven bad heads of grain. For seven years Egypt will have more than enough grain, but that will be followed by seven years when there won’t be enough. Everywhere in Egypt people will be starv-ing. God has given you two dreams to let you know that he has definitely decided to do this and that he will do it soon. Your Majesty, you should find someone wise and put him in charge of all Egypt. Then appoint some other officials to collect one-fifth of every crop harvested in Egypt during the seven years when there is plenty. Give them the power to collect the grain during those good years and to store it in your cities until it is needed during the seven years when there won’t be enough grain in Egypt. This will keep the country from being destroyed because of the lack of food.

JOSEPH IS MADE GOVERNOR OVER EGYPT (GEN. 41:37-56)
NARRATOR: The king and his officials liked the plan Joseph gave them for storing the grain during the good years.
KING: God is the one who has shown you these things. No one else is as wise as you are or knows as much as you do. I’m putting you in charge of my palace, and everybody will have to obey you. No one will be over you except me. You are now governor of all Egypt! Here is my royal ring for you to wear and keep. Here are some fine clothes for you to wear and a gold chain for you to wear around your neck. You may ride in a chariot, next to mine.
PEOPLE: Make way for Joseph!
KING: Although I’m king, no one in Egypt is to do anything without your permission.
NARRATOR: Joseph was thirty when the king made him governor, and he went everywhere for the king. For seven years there were big harvests of grain. Joseph collected and stored up the extra grain in the cities of Egypt near the fields where it was harvested. In fact, there was so much grain that they stopped keeping record, because it was like counting the grains of sand along the beach. Egypt’s seven years of plenty came to an end, and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was not enough food in other countries, but all over Egypt there was plenty. When the famine finally struck Egypt, the people asked the king for food, but he said, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you to do.” The famine became bad everywhere in Egypt, so Joseph opened the storehouses and sold the grain to the Egyptians. People from all over the world came to Egypt, because the famine was severe in their countries.

JOSEPH’S BROTHERS GO TO EGYPT TO BUY GRAIN (GEN. 42:1-3)
JACOB: My sons, I have heard there is grain in Egypt. Now go down and buy some, so we won’t starve to death.
NARRATOR: Ten of Joseph’s brothers went to Egypt to buy grain. But Jacob did not send Joseph’s younger brother Benjamin with them; he was afraid that something might happen to him. Since Joseph was governor of Egypt and in charge of selling grain, his brothers came to him and bowed with their faces to the ground. They did not recognize Joseph, but right away he knew who they were, though he pretended not to know.
JOSEPH: Where do you come from?
BROTHERS: From the land of Canaan. We’ve come here to buy grain.
JOSEPH: You’re spies! You’ve come here to find out where our country is weak.
BROTHERS: No sir, we’re your servants, and we have only come to buy grain. We’re honest men, and we come from the same family—we’re not spies.
JOSEPH: That’s a lie!
BROTHERS: Sir, we come from a family of twelve brothers. The youngest is still with our father in Canaan, and one of our brothers is dead.
JOSEPH: It’s just like I said. You’re spies, and I’m going to find out who you really are. Since I respect God, I’ll give you a chance to save your lives. If you are honest men, one of you must stay here in jail, and the rest of you can take the grain back to your starving families. But you must bring your youngest brother to me. Then I’ll know that you are telling the truth, and you won’t be put to death.
BROTHERS: We’re being punished because of Joseph.
REUBEN: Didn’t I tell you not to harm the boy? But you wouldn’t listen, and now we have to pay the price for killing him.
NARRATOR: They did not know that Joseph could understand them, since he was speaking through an interpreter. Joseph turned away from them and cried, but soon he turned back and spoke to them again. Then he had Simeon tied and taken away while they watched.

JOSEPH’S BROTHERS RETURN TO CANAAN AND BRING BENJAMIN BACK TO EGYPT (GEN. 42:25-38; 43:1-34)
NARRATOR: Joseph gave orders for his brothers’ sacks to be filled with grain, for their money to be put in their sacks, and for them to be given food for their trip home. After all this was done, they loaded the grain on their donkeys and left.
BROTHERS [back in Canaan, speaking to Jacob]: The governor of Egypt was rude and treated us like spies. But we told him, “We’re honest men, not spies. We come from a family of twelve brothers. The youngest is still with our father in Canaan, and the other is dead.” Then he told us, “Leave one of your brothers here with me, while you take the grain to your starving families. But bring your youngest brother to me, so I can be certain that you are honest men and not spies. After that, I’ll let your other brother go free, and you can stay here and trade.”
BROTHERS [while opening their sacks of grain]: Here’s our moneybags!
JACOB: I won’t let Benjamin go down to Egypt with the rest of you. Joseph is already dead, and he is the only son I have left. I am an old man, and if anything happens to him on the way, I’ll die from sorrow, and all of you will be to blame.
NARRATOR: The famine got worse and Jacob’s family had eaten all the grain the brothers brought from Egypt.
JACOB: Go back to Egypt and buy some more grain.
JUDAH: We will only go and buy grain if you let us take Benjamin along! Let Benjamin go with me, and I will promise to bring him back safely.
JACOB: If Benjamin must go with you, take gifts for the governor. Also take along twice the amount of money for the grain, because there must have been some mistake when the money was put back in your sacks.
JOSEPH [TO HIS SERVANTS]: Take these men to my house so they can eat with me at noon. Give them water to wash their feet and take care of their donkeys.
NARRATOR: When Joseph came home, his brothers gave him the gifts they had brought and bowed down to him.
JOSEPH: How are you? What about your elderly father? Is he still alive?
BROTHERS: Your servant our father is still alive and well.
JOSEPH: This must be your youngest brother. God bless you, my son.
NARRATOR: Joseph rushed off to his room and cried because of his love for Benjamin. When he came back, he was served at a table by himself and his brothers were served at another. They were surprised when they were seated in front of him according to their ages, from the oldest to the youngest. They were served food from Joseph’s table, and Benjamin was given five times as much as each of the others.

JOSEPH TELLS HIS BROTHERS WHO HE IS (GEN. 44:1-17, 45:1-28)
JOSEPH: [TO HIS SERVANT]: Fill the men’s grain sacks with as much as they can hold and put their money in the sacks. Also put my silver cup in the sack of the youngest brother. Then go after them.
SERVANT:[TO THE BROTHERS]: My master has been good to you. Why have you stolen his silver cup? You have done a terrible thing!
BROTHERS: We would never do anything like that! If you find that one of us has the cup, then kill him, and the rest of us will become your slaves.
SERVANT: Here it is in Benjamin’s sack! You must come back with me!
JOSEPH: [TO HIS BROTHERS] What have you done? Didn’t you know I could find out?
JUDAH: How can we prove we are innocent? Now all of us are your slaves.
JOSEPH: Only the one who was caught with the cup will become my slave. The rest of you are free to go home.
JUDAH: Our father is a very old man. Benjamin’s brother is dead. I promised my father that I would bring Benjamin safely home. Please let me stay here as your slave and let Benjamin return home with his brothers.
JOSEPH: Everyone except these men leave the room now! [SPEAKING TO HIS BROTHERS] I am Joseph! Is my father still alive? Yes, I am your brother, Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt. Don’t worry or blame yourselves for what you did. God is the one who sent me ahead of you to save lives. There has already been a famine for two years, and it will last for five more years. But God sent me on ahead of you to save you in this wonderful way. Now hurry back and tell my father that I am ruler of Egypt. Tell him to come here as quickly as he can. You will all live near me with your families, as well as with your animals and everything else you own. I will take care of you there during the next five years of famine.
KING [TO JOSEPH]: Have your brothers load their donkeys and return to Canaan and bring your father and their families back to Egypt. I will give them the best land in Egypt, and they will eat and enjoy everything that grows on it.
JOSEPH [TO HIS BROTHERS]: Here are new clothes for each of you. Benjamin, I am giving you five new outfits and 300 pieces of silver.
BROTHERS [TO JACOB, THEIR FATHER]: Joseph is still alive and he is the ruler of Egypt! He wants us all to go live with him!
JACOB: I will see my son Joseph before I die!


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