When Joseph was sold as a slave to the Ishmaelites, he
kept silent out of respect for his brethren, and did not tell
his masters that he was a son of Jacob, a great and powerful
man. Even when he came to the Midianites with the Ishmaelites,
and the former asked after his parentage, he still
said he was a slave, only in order not to put his brethren to
shame. But the most distinguished of the Midianites rebuked
Joseph, saying, "Thou art no slave, thy appearance
betrayeth thee," and he threatened him with death unless he
acknowledged the truth. Joseph, however, was steadfast,
he would not act treacherously toward his brethren.

Arrived in Egypt, the owners of Joseph could come to no

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