Genesis 37 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Meanwhile Jacob had settled down where his father had lived, the land of Canaan. Joseph and His Brothers 1 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.
2 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. 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 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. 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 When his brothers realized that their father loved him more than them, they grew to hate him - they wouldn't even speak 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 Joseph had a dream. When he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. 5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.
6 He said, "Listen to this dream I had. 6 He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had:
7 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." 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 His brothers said, "So! You're going to rule us? You're going to boss us around?" And they hated him more than ever because of his dreams and the way he talked. 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 He had another dream and told this one also to his brothers: "I dreamed another dream - the sun and moon and eleven stars bowed down 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 When he told it to his father and brothers, his father reprimanded him: "What's with all this dreaming? Am I and your mother and your brothers all supposed to bow down to 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 Now his brothers were really jealous; but his father brooded over the whole business. 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
12 His brothers had gone off to Shechem where they were pasturing their father's flocks. 12 Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem,
13 Israel said to Joseph, "Your brothers are with flocks in Shechem. Come, I want to send you to them." Joseph said, "I'm ready." 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 He said, "Go and see how your brothers and the flocks are doing and bring me back a report." He sent him off from the valley of Hebron 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 A man met him as he was wandering through the fields and asked 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 "I'm trying to find my brothers. Do you have any idea where they are grazing their flocks?" 16 He replied, "I'm looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?"
17 The man said, "They've left here, but I overheard them say, 'Let's go to Dothan.'" So Joseph took off, tracked his brothers down, 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 They spotted him off in the distance. By the time he got to them they had cooked up a plot to kill him. 18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
19 The brothers were saying, "Here comes that dreamer. 19 "Here comes that dreamer!" they said to each other.
20 Let's kill him and throw him into one of these old cisterns; we can say that a vicious animal ate him up. We'll see what his dreams amount to." 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 Reuben heard the brothers talking and intervened to save him, "We're not going to kill him. 21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. "Let's not take his life," he said.
22 No murder. Go ahead and throw him in this cistern out here in the wild, but don't hurt him." Reuben planned to go back later and get him out and take him back 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 When Joseph reached his brothers, they ripped off the fancy coat he was wearing, 23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe--the richly ornamented robe he was wearing--
24 grabbed him, and threw him into a cistern. The cistern was dry; there wasn't any 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 they sat down to eat their supper. Looking up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites on their way from Gilead, their camels loaded with spices, ointments, and perfumes to sell in 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 Judah said, "Brothers, what are we going to get out of killing our brother and concealing the evidence? 26 Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?
27 Let's sell him to the Ishmaelites, but let's not kill him - he is, after all, our brother, our own flesh and blood." His brothers agreed. 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 By that time the Midianite traders were passing by. His brothers pulled Joseph out of the cistern and sold him for twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites who took Joseph with them down 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 Later Reuben came back and went to the cistern - no Joseph! He ripped his clothes in despair. 29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.
30 Beside himself, he went to his brothers. "The boy's gone! What am I going to do!" 30 He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! Where can I turn now?"
31 They took Joseph's coat, butchered a 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 They took the fancy coat back to their father and said, "We found this. Look it over - do you think this is your son's coat?" 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 He recognized it at once. "My son's coat - a wild animal has eaten him. Joseph torn limb from limb!" 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 Jacob tore his clothes in grief, dressed in rough burlap, and mourned his son a long, long time. 34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days.
35 His sons and daughters tried to comfort him but he refused their comfort. "I'll go to the grave mourning my son." Oh, how 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 In Egypt the Midianites sold Joseph to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, manager of his household affairs. 36 Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.