Genesis 37 NAS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now Jacob lived in the land where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan. 1 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.
2 These are the records of the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought back a bad report about them to 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 sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic. 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 His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they hated him and could not speak to him on friendly terms. 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 Then Joseph had a dream, and 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 to them, "Please listen to this dream which I have had; 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 rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down 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 Then his brothers said to him, "Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?" So they hated him even 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 Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, "Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing 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 He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?" 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 His brothers were jealous of 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 Then his brothers went to pasture their father's flock in Shechem. 12 Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem,
13 Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers pasturing the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them." And he said to him, "I will go." 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 Then he said to him, "Go now and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me." So he sent him from 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 A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man 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 He said, "I am looking for my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing the flock." 16 He replied, "I'm looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?"
17 Then the man said, "They have moved from here; for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.' " So Joseph went after his brothers and found 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 When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted 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 They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer ! 19 "Here comes that dreamer!" they said to each other.
20 "Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, 'A wild beast devoured him.' Then let us 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 But Reuben heard this and rescued him out of their hands 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 Reuben further said to them, "Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay hands on him"-that he might rescue him out of their hands, 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 So it came about, when Joseph reached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the varicolored tunic 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 threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without 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 a meal. And as they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing aromatic gum and balm and myrrh, on their way to bring them 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 Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up 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 not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh." And his brothers listened 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 Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus 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 Now Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph was not in the pit; so he tore his garments. 29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.
30 He returned to his brothers and said, "The boy is not there; as for me, where am I to go?" 30 He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! Where can I turn now?"
31 So they took Joseph's tunic, and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic 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 varicolored tunic and brought it to their father and said, "We found this; please examine it to see whether it is your son's tunic 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 Then he examined it and said, "It is my son's tunic. A wild beast has devoured him; Joseph has surely been torn to 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 So Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on 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 Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, "Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son." So 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 Meanwhile, the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh's officer, the captain of the bodyguard. 36 Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.