Genesis 37

Joseph’s Dream

1Now Jacob lived in a  the land
Lit of his father’s sojournings
where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan.
2These are the records of the generations of Jacob.

Joseph, when c  seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with d  the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought back a e  bad report about them to their father.
3Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was f  the son of his old age; and he made him a
Or full-length robe
h  varicolored tunic.
4His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they i  hated him and could not speak to him
Lit in peace
on friendly terms.

5Then Joseph
Lit dreamed
l  had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.
6He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have
Lit dreamed
7for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and n  bowed down to my sheaf.” 8Then his brothers said to him, o  Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.

9Now he
Lit dreamed
had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have
Lit dreamed
had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
10He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have
Lit dreamed
had? Shall I and your mother and s  your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?”
11 t  His brothers were jealous of him, but his father u  kept the saying in mind.

12Then his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock in Shechem. 13Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock in v  Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them.” And he said to him,
Lit Behold me
I will go.”
14Then he said to him, “Go now and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of x  Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

15A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him,
Lit saying, “What...?”
What are you looking for?”
16He said, “I am looking for my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing the flock.” 17Then the man said, “They have moved from here; for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to z  Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.

The Plot against Joseph

Or And
When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they ab  plotted against him to put him to death.
19They said to one another
Lit Behold, this master of dreams comes
Here comes this dreamer!
20Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and ad  we will say, ‘A wild beast devoured him.’ Then let us see what will become of his dreams!” 21But ae  Reuben heard this and rescued him out of their hands and said, “Let us not
Lit smite his soul
take his life.”
22Reuben further said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay hands on him”— that he might rescue him out of their hands, to restore him to his father. 23So it came about, when Joseph
Lit came to
reached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his
Or full-length robe
tunic, the varicolored tunic that was on him;
24and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it.

25Then they sat down to eat
Lit bread
a meal. And as they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of aj  Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing
Or ladanum spice
al  aromatic gum and
Or mastic
an  balm and
Or resinous bark
Lit going
on their way to bring them down to Egypt.
26Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and aq  cover up his blood? 27 ar  Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him. 28Then some as  Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and at  sold
Lit Joseph
him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus av  they brought Joseph into Egypt.

29Now Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph was not in the pit; so he aw  tore his garments. 30He returned to his brothers and said ax  The boy is not there; as for me, where am I to go?” 31So ay  they took Joseph’s tunic, and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic in the blood; 32and they sent the varicolored tunic and brought it to their father and said, “We found this; please
Or recognize
examine it to see whether it is your son’s tunic or not.”
33Then he
Or recognized
examined it and said, “It is my son’s tunic. bb  A wild beast has devoured him; bc  Joseph has surely been torn to pieces!”
34So Jacob bd  tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days. 35Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, “Surely I will be  go down to Sheol in mourning for my son.” So his father wept for him. 36Meanwhile, the
Lit Medanites
Midianites bg  sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s officer, the captain of the bodyguard.
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