Genesis 37

Israel Loved Joseph More

(1) Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.

(2) These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers, and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and Joseph brought to 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 of many colors.

(4) When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

Joseph’s Dreams

(5) And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers, and they hated him even more.

(6) He said to them, "Please hear this dream which I have dreamed.

(7) Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright. And behold, your sheaves stood round about, and bowed down to my sheaf."

(8) And his brothers said to him, "Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?" And they hated him yet even more for his dreams, and for his words.

(9) Then he dreamed another dream, and told it to his brothers, and said, "Behold, I have dreamed a dream once more. And, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars bowed down to me."

(10) And he told it to his father, and to his brothers, and his father rebuked him, and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come and bow down ourselves to the earth before you?"

Joseph’s Brothers Envied Him

(11) His brothers envied him, but his father kept in mind what was said.

(12) And his brothers went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem.

(13) And Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them." And he said to him, "Here I am."

(14) Israel said to him, "Please go and see whether it is well with your brothers, and well with the flocks, and bring word back to me." So he sent him out of the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

(15) And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field, and the man asked him, saying, "What do you seek?"

(16) Joseph said, "I seek my brothers. Please tell me, where they are feeding their flocks."

(17) And the man said, "They have departed from here, for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.'" Then Joseph went after his brothers, and found them in Dothan.

Joseph’s Brothers Conspire Against Him

(18) When Joseph’s brothers saw him afar off, even before he came near to them, they conspired against him to kill him.

(19) And they said one to another, "Behold, the dreamer comes.

(20) Come now, and let us kill him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, 'Some evil beast has devoured him.' And we shall see what will become of his dreams."

(21) And Reuben heard it, and he delivered Joseph out of their hands, and said, "Let us not kill him."

(22) Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him." That he might get him out of their hands, and deliver him to his father again.

(23) It came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colors that was on him.

(24) And they took him, and cast him into a pit. The pit was empty. There was no water in it.

Joseph Sold to the Ishmeelites

(25) Then they sat down to eat bread, and they lifted up their eyes and looked. And behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spices and balm and myrrh, going down to Egypt.

(26) And Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it if we kill our brother, and conceal his blood?

(27) Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brothers agreed.

(28) Then Midianite merchantmen passed by, so they drew up Joseph and lifted him out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for 20 pieces of silver. And they took Joseph into Egypt.

(29) Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph was not in the pit, and he tore his clothes.

(30) And he returned to his brothers, and said, "The child is not there, and I, where shall I go?"

Jacob Mourns For Joseph

(31) They took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood.

(32) And they sent the coat of many colors, and they took it to their father, and said, "We have found this, do you know whether it is your son’s coat or not?"

(33) And he recognized it, and said, "It is my son’s coat. An evil beast has devoured him. Without doubt Joseph is torn in pieces."

(34) So Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins, and mourned for his son many days.

(35) All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted, and he said, "For I will go down into the grave to my son mourning." Thus his father wept for him.

(36) The Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, and captain of the guard.

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