Genesis 37 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So Jacob settled again 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 history of Jacob's family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father's flocks with his half brothers, the sons of his father's wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing. 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 Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day he gave Joseph a special gift -- a beautiful robe. 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 But his brothers hated Joseph because of their father's partiality. They couldn't 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 One night Joseph had a dream and promptly reported the details to his brothers, causing them to hate him even more. 5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.
6 "Listen to this dream," he announced. 6 He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had:
7 "We were out in the field tying up bundles of grain. My bundle stood up, and then your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before 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 "So you are going to be our king, are you?" his brothers taunted. And they hated him all the more for his dream 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 told his brothers about it. "Listen to this dream," he said. "The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before 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 This time he told his father as well as his brothers, and his father rebuked him. "What do you mean?" his father asked. "Will your mother, your brothers, and I actually come and bow 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 But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father gave it some thought and wondered what it all meant. 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
12 Soon after this, Joseph's brothers went to pasture their father's flocks at Shechem. 12 Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem,
13 When they had been gone for some time, Jacob said to Joseph, "Your brothers are over at Shechem with the flocks. I'm going to send you to them." "I'm ready to go," Joseph replied. 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 "Go and see how your brothers and the flocks are getting along," Jacob said. "Then come back and bring me word." So Jacob sent him on his way, and Joseph traveled to Shechem from his home in the valley of Hebron. 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 When he arrived there, a man noticed him wandering around the countryside. "What are you looking for?" he asked. 15 a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, "What are you looking for?"
16 "For my brothers and their flocks," Joseph replied. "Have you seen them?" 16 He replied, "I'm looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?"
17 "Yes," the man told him, "but they are no longer here. I heard your brothers say they were going to Dothan." So Joseph followed his brothers to Dothan and found them there. 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 Joseph's brothers saw him coming, they recognized him in the distance and made plans to kill him. 18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
19 "Here comes that dreamer!" they exclaimed. 19 "Here comes that dreamer!" they said to each other.
20 "Come on, let's kill him and throw him into a deep pit. We can tell our father that a wild animal has eaten him. Then we'll see what becomes of all 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 came to Joseph's rescue. "Let's not kill him," he said. 21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. "Let's not take his life," he said.
22 "Why should we shed his blood? Let's just throw him alive into this pit here. That way he will die without our having to touch him." Reuben was secretly planning to help Joseph escape, and then he would bring 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 arrived, they pulled off his beautiful robe 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 pit. This pit was normally used to store water, but it was empty at the time. 24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
25 Then, just as they were sitting down to eat, they noticed a caravan of camels in the distance coming toward them. It was a group of Ishmaelite traders taking spices, balm, and myrrh from Gilead 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 the others, "What can we gain by killing our brother? That would just give us a guilty conscience. 26 Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?
27 Let's sell Joseph to those Ishmaelite traders. Let's not be responsible for his death; after all, he is our brother!" And 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 So when the traders came by, his brothers pulled Joseph out of the pit and sold him for twenty pieces of silver, and the Ishmaelite traders took him along 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 Some time later, Reuben returned to get Joseph out of the pit. When he discovered that Joseph was missing, he tore his clothes in anguish and frustration. 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 lamented, "The boy is gone! What can I do now?" 30 He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! Where can I turn now?"
31 Then Joseph's brothers killed a goat and dipped the robe in its blood. 31 Then they got Joseph's robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.
32 They took the beautiful robe to their father and asked him to identify it. "We found this in the field," they told him. "It's Joseph's robe, isn't it?" 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 Their father recognized it at once. "Yes," he said, "it is my son's robe. A wild animal has attacked and eaten him. Surely Joseph has been torn in 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 sackcloth. He mourned deeply for his son for many days. 34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days.
35 His family all tried to comfort him, but it was no use. "I will die in mourning for my son," he would say, and then begin to weep. 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, in Egypt, the traders sold Joseph to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Potiphar was 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.