Joseph had a dream,1 and when he told it to his brothers,2 they hated him all the more.3
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He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had:
We were binding sheaves4 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."5
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His brothers said to him, "Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?"6 And they hated him all the more7 because of his dream and what he had said.
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Then he had another dream,8 and he told it to his brothers. "Listen," he said, "I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars9 were bowing down to me."10
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When he told his father as well as his brothers,11 his father rebuked12 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?"13
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His brothers were jealous of him,14 but his father kept the matter in mind.15
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Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem,16
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and Israel17 said to Joseph, "As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem.18 Come, I am going to send you to them." "Very well," he replied.
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So he said to him, "Go and see if all is well with your brothers19 and with the flocks, and bring word back to me." Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron.20 When Joseph arrived at Shechem,
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a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, "What are you looking for?"
He replied, "I'm looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?"
"They have moved on from here," the man answered. "I heard them say, 'Let's go to Dothan.21' " So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan.
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But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.22
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"Here comes that dreamer!23" they said to each other.
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"Come now, let's kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns24 and say that a ferocious animal25 devoured him.26 Then we'll see what comes of his dreams."27
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When Reuben28 heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. "Let's not take his life," he said.29
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"Don't shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern30 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.31
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So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe--the richly ornamented robe32 he was wearing--
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and they took him and threw him into the cistern.33 Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
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As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites34 coming from Gilead.35 Their camels were loaded with spices, balm36 and myrrh,37 and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.38
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Judah39 said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?40
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Come, let's sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother,41 our own flesh and blood.42" His brothers agreed.
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So when the Midianite43 merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern44 and sold45 him for twenty shekels of silver46 to the Ishmaelites,47 who took him to Egypt.48
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When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.49
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He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! Where can I turn now?"50
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Then they got Joseph's robe,51 slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.52
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They took the ornamented robe53 back to their father and said, "We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son's robe."
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He recognized it and said, "It is my son's robe! Some ferocious animal54 has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces."55
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Then Jacob tore his clothes,56 put on sackcloth57 and mourned for his son many days.58
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All his sons and daughters came to comfort him,59 but he refused to be comforted.60 "No," he said, "in mourning will I go down to the grave61 to my son.62" So his father wept for him.
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Meanwhile, the Midianites63 sold Joseph64 in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.65
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