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?"1931
Then they got Joseph's robe,20 slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.2132
They took the ornamented robe22 back to their father and said, "We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son's robe."
He recognized it and said, "It is my son's robe! Some ferocious animal23 has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces."2434
Then Jacob tore his clothes,25 put on sackcloth26 and mourned for his son many days.2735
All his sons and daughters came to comfort him,28 but he refused to be comforted.29 "No," he said, "in mourning will I go down to the graveb30 to my son.31" So his father wept for him.
Meanwhile, the Midianitesc32 sold Joseph33 in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.34