When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him1 and could not speak a kind word to him.
Joseph had a dream,2 and when he told it to his brothers,3 they hated him all the more.46
He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had:
We were binding sheaves5 of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it."68
His brothers said to him, "Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?"7 And they hated him all the more8 because of his dream and what he had said.
Then he had another dream,9 and he told it to his brothers. "Listen," he said, "I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars10 were bowing down to me."1110
When he told his father as well as his brothers,12 his father rebuked13 him and said, "What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?"1411
His brothers were jealous of him,15 but his father kept the matter in mind.16
Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem,1713
and Israel18 said to Joseph, "As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem.19 Come, I am going to send you to them." "Very well," he replied.
So he said to him, "Go and see if all is well with your brothers20 and with the flocks, and bring word back to me." Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron.21 When Joseph arrived at Shechem,