Try out the new BibleStudyTools.com. Click here!

Genesis 37 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
  Search
New Century Version (NCV) New International Version (NIV)
1 Jacob lived in the land of Canaan, where his father had lived. 1 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.
2 This is the family history of Jacob: Joseph was a young man, seventeen years old. He and his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives, cared for the flocks. Joseph gave his father bad reports about his brothers. 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 Since Joseph was born when his father Israeln was old, Israel loved him more than his other sons. He made Joseph a special robe with long sleeves. 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 Joseph's brothers saw that their father loved him more than he loved them, they hated their brother and could not speak to him politely. 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 One time Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, 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 Joseph said, "Listen to the dream I had. 6 He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had:
7 We were in the field tying bundles of wheat together. My bundle stood up, and your bundles of wheat gathered around it and bowed down to it." 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, "Do you really think you will be king over us? Do you truly think you will rule over us?" His brothers hated him even more because of his dreams and what he had said. 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 Joseph had another dream, and he told his brothers about it also. He said, "Listen, I had another dream. I saw the sun, moon, and eleven stars 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 Joseph also told his father about this dream, but his father scolded him, saying, "What kind of dream is this? Do you really believe that your mother, your brothers, and I will 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 Joseph's brothers were jealous of him, but his father thought about what all these things could mean. 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
12 One day Joseph's brothers went to Shechem to graze their father's flocks. 12 Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem,
13 Israel said to Joseph, "Go to Shechem where your brothers are grazing the flocks." Joseph answered, "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 His father said, "Go and see if your brothers and the flocks are all right. Then come back and tell me." So Joseph's father sent him from the Valley of Hebron. When Joseph 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 wandering in the field 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 Joseph answered, "I am looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing the 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 have already gone. I heard them say they were going to Dothan." So Joseph went to look for his brothers 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 Joseph's brothers saw him coming from far away. Before he reached them, they made a plan to kill him. 18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
19 They said to each other, "Here comes that dreamer. 19 "Here comes that dreamer!" they said to each other.
20 Let's kill him and throw his body into one of the wells. We can tell our father that a wild animal killed him. Then we will 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 their plan and saved Joseph, saying, "Let's not kill him. 21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. "Let's not take his life," he said.
22 Don't spill any blood. Throw him into this well here in the desert, but don't hurt him!" Reuben planned to save Joseph later and send 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 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they pulled off his robe with long sleeves 23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe--the richly ornamented robe he was wearing--
24 and threw him into the well. It was empty, and 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 While Joseph was in the well, the brothers sat down to eat. When they looked up, they saw a group of Ishmaelites traveling from Gilead to Egypt. Their camels were carrying spices, balm, and myrrh. 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 Then Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and hide his death? 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 these Ishmaelites. Then we will not be guilty of killing our own brother. After all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood." And the other 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 So when the Midianite traders came by, the brothers took Joseph out of the well and sold him to the Ishmaelites for eight ounces of silver. And the Ishmaelites 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 When Reuben came back to the well and Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes to show he was upset. 29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.
30 Then he went back to his brothers and said, "The boy is not there! What shall I do?" 30 He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! Where can I turn now?"
31 The brothers killed a goat and dipped Joseph's robe in its blood. 31 Then they got Joseph's robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.
32 Then they brought the long-sleeved robe to their father and said, "We found this robe. Look it over carefully and see if it is your son's robe." 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 Jacob looked it over and said, "It is my son's robe! Some savage animal has eaten him. My son Joseph has 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 Then Jacob tore his clothes and put on rough cloth to show that he was upset, and he continued to be sad about his son for a long time. 34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days.
35 All of his sons and daughters tried to comfort him, but he could not be comforted. He said, "I will be sad about my son until the day I die." So Jacob cried for his son Joseph. 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 who had bought Joseph had taken him to Egypt. There they sold him to Potiphar, an officer to the king of Egypt and captain of the palace guard. 36 Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.