|Genesis 37 |
1 Now Jacob dwelled in the land where his father was a sojourner, the land of Canaan.
2 This is the account of the descendants of Jacob. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he was feeding the flock with his brothers; the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph brought his father a bad report about them.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat [tunic] of many colors.
4 And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
5 Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.
6 He said to them, "Listen to this dream that I had:
7 We were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright, and your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf."
8 And his brothers said to him, "Shall you indeed reign over us? Shall you have dominion over us?" And they hated him all the more for his dreams and for his words.
9 Then he dreamed yet another dream and told it to his brothers also, saying, "Behold, I have had another dream, and behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars were bowing down to me."
10 And when he told it to his father as well as to his brothers, his father rebuked him, and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves down down to you?"
11 And his brothers envied him, but his father pondered on the matter.
12 Now his brothers went to feed their father's flock near Shechem.
13 And Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them." And Joseph said to him, "I will go."
14 And he said to him, "Go, I pray you, and see whether everything is well with your brothers and the flock; and bring me word again." So he sent him out of the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
15 And a certain man found him as he was wandering around in the fields and asked him, saying, "What are you seeking?"
16 And he said, "I am looking for my brothers. Tell me, I pray you, where they feed our flocks."
17 And the man said, "They have departed from here, for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.'" So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.
18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him.
19 And they said one to another, "Behold, here comes that dreamer.
20 Come now therefore, and let us kill him and cast him into some pit; then we will say, 'Some evil beast has devoured him;' and we shall see what will become of his dreams."
21 But Reuben heard it and he tried to deliver him out of their hands and said, "Let us not kill him."
22 And Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness and lay no hand upon him." He said this so that he might rescue him out of their hands and deliver him again to his father.
23 And it came to pass, when Joseph came to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph out of his tunic of many colors that was on him;
24 And they took him and cast him into a pit that was empty; there was no water in it.
25 Then they sat down to eat and when they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a company of Ishmaelites were coming from Gilead with their camels bearing spices and balm and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt.
26 And Judah said to his brothers, "What profit do we gain if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?
27 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let our hand not be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh." And his brothers consented.
28 Then as the Midianite merchants passed by, they lifted Joseph up out of the pit and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver, who took Joseph into Egypt.
29 Then Reuben returned to the pit; and behold, Joseph was not in the pit, and he rent his clothes.
30 And he returned to his brothers, and said, "The boy is not there! Where shall I turn?"
31 Then they took Joseph's coat, killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the tunic in the blood;
32 And they sent the tunic of many colors to their father, and said, "We have found this. Do you know whether it is your son's tunic or not."
33 And he knew it was, and said, "It is my son's tunic! An evil beast has devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces."
34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth, and mourned for his son many days.
35 And all his sons and daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted and said, "I will go down into the grave to my son mourning." Thus his father wept for him.
36 Meanwhile the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's and captain of the guard.
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