As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites1 coming from Gilead.2 Their camels were loaded with spices, balm3 and myrrh,4 and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.526
Judah6 said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?727
Come, let's sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother,8 our own flesh and blood.9" His brothers agreed.
So when the Midianite10 merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern11 and sold12 him for twenty shekelsa of silver13 to the Ishmaelites,14 who took him to Egypt.1529
When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.1630
He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! Where can I turn now?"1731
Then they got Joseph's robe,18 slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.1932
They took the ornamented robe20 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 animal21 has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces."2234
Then Jacob tore his clothes,23 put on sackcloth24 and mourned for his son many days.2535
All his sons and daughters came to comfort him,26 but he refused to be comforted.27 "No," he said, "in mourning will I go down to the graveb28 to my son.29" So his father wept for him.