Genesis 37:4

Overview - Genesis 37
Joseph is loved by Jacob, but hated by his brethren.
His dreams and the interpretation.
12 Jacob sends him to his brethren, who counsel to slay him.
21 At Reuben's desire they cast him into a pit;
25 and afterwards sell him to the Ishmaelites; while Ruben grieves at not finding him.
31 His coat, covered with blood, is sent to Jacob, who mourns him inordinately.
36 Joseph is brought to Egypt and sold to Potiphar.
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Genesis 37:4  (King James Version)
And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

hated him
Genesis 37:5 Genesis 37:11 Genesis 37:18-24 ; 4:5 27:41 49:23 1 Samuel 16:12 1 Samuel 16:13 ; 17:28 Psalms 38:19 ; 69:4
John 7:3-5 ; John 15:18 John 15:19 Titus 3:3 ; 1 John 2:11 ; 1 John 3:10 1 John 3:12 4:20

and could not speak peaceably unto him
Or, rather, "and they could not speak peace to him," i
e., they would not accost him in a friendly manner: they would not even wish him well, in the eastern mode of salutation of, Peace be to thee! It is not an unusual thing for an Arab or Turk to hesitate to return the {salm}, if given by a Christian, or by one of whom he has not a favourable opinion; and this may always be considered as an act of hostility.