18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.

Read Genesis 37:18 Using Other Translations

And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him.
When Joseph’s brothers saw him coming, they recognized him in the distance. As he approached, they made plans to kill him.