And Jacobdwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.2
These are the generations of Jacob.Joseph, being seventeenyearsold, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father'swives: and Josephbrought unto his father their evilreport.3
Now IsraellovedJoseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.a4
And when his brethrensaw that their fatherloved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speakpeaceably unto him.
And Josephdreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more .
And he said unto them, Hear , I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed :
For, behold, we were bindingsheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheafarose , and also stood upright ; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about , and made obeisance to my sheaf.8
And his brethrensaid to him, Shalt thou indeedreign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.9
And he dreamed yet anotherdream, and told it his brethren, and said , Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the elevenstars made obeisance to me.
And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his fatherrebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed ? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethrenindeedcome to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?11
And his brethrenenvied him; but his fatherobserved the saying.12
And his brethrenwent to feed their father'sflock in Shechem.13
And Israelsaid unto Joseph, Do not thy brethrenfeed the flock in Shechem?come , and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.
And he said to him, Go , I pray thee, seeb whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me wordagain . So he sent him out of the vale 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 seekest thou?
And he said , I seek my brethren:tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.
And the mansaid , They are departedhence; for I heard them say , Let us go to Dothan. And Josephwentafter his brethren, and found them in Dothan.18
And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
And they saidone to another, Behold, thisdreamerccometh .
20Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into somepit, and we will say , Some evilbeast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.21
And Reubenheard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said , Let us not kill him.
And Reubensaid unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his fatheragain .
And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they striptJoseph out of his coat, his coat of many coloursd that was on him;
And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
And they sat down to eatbread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked , and, behold, a company of Ishmeelitescame from Gilead with their camelsbearingspicery and balm and myrrh,going to carry it down to Egypt.26
And Judahsaid unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?27Come , and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content .
Then there passed by Midianitesmerchantmen ; and they drew and lifted upJoseph out of the pit, and soldJoseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they broughtJoseph into Egypt.29
And Reubenreturned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.30
And he returned unto his brethren, and said , The child is not; and I, whither shall I go ?
And they tookJoseph'scoat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;32
And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said , This have we found : know now whether it be thy son'scoat or no.
And he knew it , and said , It is my son'scoat; an evilbeast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces .
And Jacobrent his clothes, and putsackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his sonmanydays.35
And 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 unto my sonmourning. Thus his fatherwept for him.
And the Midianitessold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officere of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.