Genesis 37 ASV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And Jacob dwelt in the land of his father's sojournings, in the land of Canaan. 1 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.
2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and he was a lad with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought the evil report of them unto their father. 2 This is the account of Jacob. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him.
4 And his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren; and they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. 5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.
6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 6 He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had:
7 for, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves came round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. 7 We were binding sheaves 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."
8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? Or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. 8 His brothers said to him, "Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?" And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars made obeisance to me. 9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. "Listen," he said, "I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me."
10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren; and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? 10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked 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?"
11 And his brethren envied him; but his father kept the saying in mind. 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
12 And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. 12 Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem,
13 And Israel said unto Joseph, Are not thy brethren feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I. 13 and Israel said to Joseph, "As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them." "Very well," he replied.
14 And he said to him, Go now, see whether it is well with thy brethren, and well with the flock; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. 14 So he said to him, "Go and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to me." Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron. When Joseph arrived at 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? 15 a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, "What are you looking for?"
16 And he said, I am seeking my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they are feeding [the flock]. 16 He replied, "I'm looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?"
17 And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan. 17 "They have moved on from here," the man answered. "I heard them say, 'Let's go to Dothan.' " So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan.
18 And they saw him afar off, and before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. 18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. 19 "Here comes that dreamer!" they said to each other.
20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say, And evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams. 20 "Come now, let's kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we'll see what comes of his dreams."
21 And Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand, and said, Let us not take his life. 21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. "Let's not take his life," he said.
22 And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood; cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but lay no hand upon him: that he might deliver him out of their hand, to restore him to his father. 22 "Don't shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the desert, but don't lay a hand on him." Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.
23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph of his coat, the coat of many colors that was on him; 23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe--the richly ornamented robe he was wearing--
24 and they took him, and cast him into the pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. 24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. 25 As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.
26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood? 26 Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?
27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother, our flesh. And his brethren hearkened unto him. 27 Come, let's sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood." His brothers agreed.
28 And there passed by Midianites, merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they brought Joseph into Egypt. 28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
29 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes. 29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.
30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go? 30 He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! Where can I turn now?"
31 And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a he-goat, and dipped the coat in the blood; 31 Then they got Joseph's robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.
32 and they sent the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father, and said, This have we found: know now whether it is thy son's coat or not. 32 They took the ornamented robe back to their father and said, "We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son's robe."
33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat: an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn in pieces. 33 He recognized it and said, "It is my son's robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces."
34 And Jacob rent his garments, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. 34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days.
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 to Sheol to my son mourning. And his father wept for him. 35 All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. "No," he said, "in mourning will I go down to the grave to my son." So his father wept for him.
36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, the captain of the guard. 36 Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.