So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe--the richly ornamented robe1 he was wearing--
and they took him and threw him into the cistern.2 Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites3 coming from Gilead.4 Their camels were loaded with spices, balm5 and myrrh,6 and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.726
Judah8 said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?927
Come, let's sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother,10 our own flesh and blood.11" His brothers agreed.
So when the Midianite12 merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern13 and sold14 him for twenty shekelsa of silver15 to the Ishmaelites,16 who took him to Egypt.1729
When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.1830
He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! Where can I turn now?"19