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Genesis 37

MSG 1 Meanwhile Jacob had settled down where his father had lived, the land of Canaan. Joseph and His Brothers NIV 1 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 5 Joseph had a dream. When he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. NIV 5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. MSG 6 He said, "Listen to this dream I had. NIV 6 He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had: MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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!" NIV 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." MSG 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?" NIV 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?" MSG 11 Now his brothers were really jealous; but his father brooded over the whole business. NIV 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind. MSG 12 His brothers had gone off to Shechem where they were pasturing their father's flocks. NIV 12 Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem, MSG 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." NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 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, MSG 15 A man met him as he was wandering through the fields and asked him, "What are you looking for?" NIV 15 a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, "What are you looking for?" MSG 16 "I'm trying to find my brothers. Do you have any idea where they are grazing their flocks?" NIV 16 He replied, "I'm looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?" MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 18 They spotted him off in the distance. By the time he got to them they had cooked up a plot to kill him. NIV 18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him. MSG 19 The brothers were saying, "Here comes that dreamer. NIV 19 "Here comes that dreamer!" they said to each other. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 21 Reuben heard the brothers talking and intervened to save him, "We're not going to kill him. NIV 21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. "Let's not take his life," he said. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 23 When Joseph reached his brothers, they ripped off the fancy coat he was wearing, NIV 23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe--the richly ornamented robe he was wearing-- MSG 24 grabbed him, and threw him into a cistern. The cistern was dry; there wasn't any water in it. NIV 24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 26 Judah said, "Brothers, what are we going to get out of killing our brother and concealing the evidence? NIV 26 Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 29 Later Reuben came back and went to the cistern - no Joseph! He ripped his clothes in despair. NIV 29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes. MSG 30 Beside himself, he went to his brothers. "The boy's gone! What am I going to do!" NIV 30 He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! Where can I turn now?" MSG 31 They took Joseph's coat, butchered a goat, and dipped the coat in the blood. NIV 31 Then they got Joseph's robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. MSG 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?" NIV 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." MSG 33 He recognized it at once. "My son's coat - a wild animal has eaten him. Joseph torn limb from limb!" NIV 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." MSG 34 Jacob tore his clothes in grief, dressed in rough burlap, and mourned his son a long, long time. NIV 34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 36 In Egypt the Midianites sold Joseph to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, manager of his household affairs. NIV 36 Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.