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Genesis 37 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now Jacob was living in the land where his father had made a place for himself, 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, a boy seventeen years old, was looking after the flock, together with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph gave their father a bad account of them. 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 the love which Israel had for Joseph was greater than his love for all his other children, because he got him when he was an old man: and he had a long coat made for him. 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 because his brothers saw that Joseph was dearer to his father than all the others, they were full of hate for him, and would not say a kind word to 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 Now Joseph had a dream, and he gave his brothers an account of it, which made their hate greater than ever. 5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.
6 And he said to them, Let me give you the story of my dream. 6 He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had:
7 We were in the field, getting the grain stems together, and my grain kept upright, and yours came round and went down on the earth before mine. 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 brothers said to him, Are you to be our king? will you have authority over us? And because of his dream and his words, their hate for him became greater than ever. 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 Then he had another dream, and gave his brothers an account of it, saying, I have had another dream: the sun and the moon and eleven stars gave honour 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 gave word of it to his father and his brothers; but his father protesting said, What sort of a dream is this? am I and your mother and your brothers to go down on our faces to the earth before you? 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 brothers were full of envy; but his father kept his words in mind. 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
12 Now his brothers went to keep watch over their father's flock in Shechem. 12 Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem,
13 And Israel said to Joseph, Are not your brothers with the flock in Shechem? come, I will send you to 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, and see if your brothers are well and how the flock is; then come back and give me word. So he sent him out of the valley 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 man saw him wandering in the country, and said to him, What are you looking for? 15 a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, "What are you looking for?"
16 And he said, I am looking for my brothers; please give me word of where they are keeping their 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 have gone away from here, for they said in my hearing, Let us go to Dothan. So Joseph went after them and came up with them at 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 But they saw him when he was a long way off, and before he came near them they made a secret design against him to put him to death; 18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
19 Saying to one another, See, here comes this dreamer. 19 "Here comes that dreamer!" they said to each other.
20 Let us now put him to death and put his body into one of these holes, and we will say, An evil beast has put him to death: then we will see what becomes 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 But Reuben, hearing these words, got him out of their hands, saying, 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 Do not put him to a violent death, but let him be placed in one of the holes; this he said to keep him safe from their hands, with the purpose of taking him back to his father again. 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 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they took off his long coat which he had on; 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 put him in the hole: now the hole had 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 Then seating themselves, they took their meal: and looking up, they saw a travelling band of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead on their way to Egypt, with spices and perfumes on their camels. 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 to his brothers, What profit is there in putting our brother to death and covering up his blood? 26 Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?
27 Let us give him to these Ishmaelites for a price, and let us not put violent hands on him, for he is our brother, our flesh. And his brothers gave ear to 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 some traders from Midian went by; so pulling Joseph up out of the hole, they gave him to the Ishmaelites for twenty bits of silver, and they took him to 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 Now when Reuben came back to the hole, Joseph was not there; and giving signs of grief, 29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.
30 He went back to his brothers, and said, The child is gone; what am I to do? 30 He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! Where can I turn now?"
31 Then they took Joseph's coat, and put on it some of the blood from a young goat which they had put to death, 31 Then they got Joseph's robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.
32 And they took the coat to their father, and said, We came across this; is it your 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 saw that it was, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast has put him to death; without doubt Joseph has come to a cruel end. 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 Then Jacob, giving signs of grief, put on haircloth, and went on weeping for his son day after day. 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 came to give him comfort, but he would not be comforted, saying with weeping, I will go down to the underworld to my son. So great was his father's sorrow 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 in Egypt the men of Midian gave him for a price to Potiphar, a captain of high position in Pharaoh's house. 36 Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.