Meanwhile Jacob had settled down where his father had lived, the land of Canaan. Joseph and His Brothers
This is the story of Jacob. The story continues with Joseph, seventeen years old at the time, helping out his brothers in herding the flocks. These were his half brothers actually, the sons of his father's wives Bilhah and Zilpah. And Joseph brought his father bad reports on them.
Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons because he was the child of his old age. And he made him an elaborately embroidered coat.
When his brothers realized that their father loved him more than them, they grew to hate him - they wouldn't even speak to him.
Joseph had a dream. When he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.
He said, "Listen to this dream I had.
We were all out in the field gathering bundles of wheat. All of a sudden my bundle stood straight up and your bundles circled around it and bowed down to mine."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)