Genesis 37:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 37:9, NIV: Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. 'Listen,' he said, 'I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.'

Genesis 37:9, ESV: Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”

Genesis 37:9, KJV: And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

Genesis 37:9, NASB: Then he had yet another dream, and informed his brothers of it, and said, 'Behold, I have had yet another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.'

Genesis 37:9, NLT: Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. 'Listen, I have had another dream,' he said. 'The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!'

Genesis 37:9, CSB: Then he had another dream and told it to his brothers. "Look," he said, "I had another dream, and this time the sun, moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me."

What does Genesis 37:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Despite a harsh reaction from his ten older half-brothers, after telling them about his first dream (Genesis 37:5–8), Joseph decides to describe his next prophetic dream. In this one, he has seen the sun, moon, and eleven stars bowing down to him. This is even more dramatic and casts Joseph, in the eyes of his family members, as even more arrogant and self-serving. To see the sun, moon, and stars bowing to him seems presumptuous enough. To make it clear that those astral bodies represent his father and 11 brothers groveling before him only increases their bitterness (Genesis 37:4).

Scripture only tells us the fact that Joseph shared these dreams. It does not explicitly tell whether his decision was wise. All we know are how his family reacted, the consequences it created (Genesis 37:18, 28), and the godly purpose behind those events (Genesis 42:6; 50:20).