Genesis 37 YLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And Jacob dwelleth 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] births of Jacob: Joseph, a son of seventeen years, hath been enjoying himself with his brethren among the flock, (and he [is] a youth,) with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives, and Joseph bringeth in an account of their evil 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 And Israel hath loved Joseph more than any of his sons, for he [is] a son of his old age, and hath made for him a long 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 and his brethren see that their father hath loved him more than any of his brethren, and they hate him, and have not been able to speak [to] him peaceably. 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 dreameth a dream, and declareth to his brethren, and they add still more to hate him. 5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.
6 And he saith unto them, `Hear ye, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 6 He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had:
7 that, lo, we are binding bundles in the midst of the field, and lo, my bundle hath arisen, and hath also stood up, and lo, your bundles are round about, and bow themselves to my bundle.' 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 say to him, `Dost thou certainly reign over us? dost thou certainly rule over us?' and they add still more to hate him, 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 dreameth yet another dream, and recounteth it to his brethren, and saith, `Lo, I have dreamed a dream again, and lo, the sun and the moon, and eleven stars, are bowing themselves 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 recounteth unto his father, and unto his brethren; and his father pusheth against him, and saith to him, `What [is] this dream which thou hast dreamt? do we certainly come -- I, and thy mother, and thy brethren -- to bow 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 are zealous against him, and his father hath watched the matter. 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
12 And his brethren go to feed the flock of their father in Shechem, 12 Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem,
13 and Israel saith unto Joseph, `Are not thy brethren feeding in Shechem? come, and I send thee unto them;' and he saith 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 saith to him, `Go, I pray thee, see the peace of thy brethren, and the peace of the flock, and bring me back word;' and he sendeth him from the valley of Hebron, and he cometh 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 findeth him, and lo, he is wandering in the field, and the man asketh 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 saith, `My brethren I am seeking, declare to me, I pray thee, where they are feeding?' 16 He replied, "I'm looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?"
17 And the man saith, `They have journeyed from this, for I have heard some saying, Let us go to Dothan,' and Joseph goeth after his brethren, and findeth 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 see him from afar, even before he draweth near unto them, and they conspire 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 And they say one unto another, `Lo, this man of the dreams cometh; 19 "Here comes that dreamer!" they said to each other.
20 and now, come, and we slay him, and cast him into one of the pits, and have said, An evil beast hath devoured him; and we see what his dreams are.' 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 heareth, and delivereth him out of their hand, and saith, `Let us not smite the 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 saith unto them, `Shed no blood; cast him into this pit which [is] in the wilderness, and put not forth a hand upon him,' -- in order to deliver him out of their hand, to bring him back unto 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 cometh to pass, when Joseph hath come unto his brethren, that they strip Joseph of his coat, the long coat which [is] upon him, 23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe--the richly ornamented robe he was wearing--
24 and take him and cast him into the pit, and the pit [is] empty, there is 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 sit down to eat bread, and they lift up their eyes, and look, and lo, a company of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, and their camels bearing spices, and balm, and myrrh, going to take [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 And Judah saith unto his brethren, `What gain when we slay our brother, and have concealed 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 we sell him to the Ishmaelites, and our hands are not on him, for he [is] our brother -- our flesh;' and his brethren hearken. 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 Midianite merchantmen pass by and they draw out and bring up Joseph out of the pit, and sell Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty silverlings, and they bring 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 returneth unto the pit, and lo, Joseph is not in the pit, and he rendeth his garments, 29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.
30 and he returneth unto his brethren, and saith, `The lad is not, and I -- whither am I going?' 30 He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! Where can I turn now?"
31 And they take the coat of Joseph, and slaughter a kid of the goats, and dip the coat in the blood, 31 Then they got Joseph's robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.
32 and send the long coat, and they bring [it] in unto their father, and say, `This have we found; discern, we pray thee, 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 discerneth it, and saith, `My son's coat! an evil beast hath devoured him; torn -- torn is Joseph!' 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 rendeth his raiment, and putteth sackcloth on his loins, and becometh a mourner 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 rise to comfort him, and he refuseth to comfort himself, and saith, `For -- I go down mourning unto my son, to Sheol,' and his father weepeth 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 Medanites have sold him unto Egypt, to Potiphar, a eunuch of Pharaoh, head of the executioners. 36 Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.