Genesis 37

Joseph's Dream

1 Now Jacob lived in 1the land where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan.
2 These are the records of the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when 2seventeen * years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with 3the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought back a 4bad report about them to their father.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was 5the son of his old age; and he made him a 6varicolored tunic.
4 His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they 7hated him and could not speak to him on friendly terms.
5 Then Joseph 8had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more *.
6 He said to them, "Please listen to this dream which I have had;
7 for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and 9bowed down to my sheaf."
8 Then his brothers said to him, "10Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?" So they hated him even more * for his dreams and for his words.
9 Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, "Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven * stars were bowing down to me."
10 He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and 11your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?"
11 12His brothers were jealous of him, but his father 13kept the saying in mind.
12 Then his brothers went to pasture their father's flock in Shechem.
13 Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers pasturing the flock in 14Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them." And he said to him, "I will go."
14 Then he said to him, "Go now and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me." So he sent him from the valley of 15Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
15 A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, "What are you looking for?"
16 He said, "I am looking for my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing the flock."
17 Then the man said, "They have moved from here; for I heard them say, 'Let us go to 16Dothan.' " So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.

The Plot against Joseph

18 When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they 17plotted against him to put him to death.
20 "Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and 18we will say, 'A wild beast devoured him.' Then let us see what will become of his dreams!"
21 But 19Reuben heard this and rescued him out of their hands and said, "Let us not take his life."
22 Reuben further said to them, "Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay hands on him"-that he might rescue him out of their hands, to restore him to his father.
23 So it came about, when Joseph reached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the varicolored tunic that was on him;
24 and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it.
25 Then they sat down to eat a meal. And as they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of 20Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing 21aromatic gum and 22balm and myrrh, on their way to bring them down to Egypt.
26 Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it for us to kill our brother and 23cover up his blood?
27 "24Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh." And his brothers listened to him.
28 Then some 25Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and 26sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus 27they brought Joseph into Egypt.
29 Now Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph was not in the pit; so he 28tore his garments.
30 He returned to his brothers and said, "29The boy is not there; as for me, where am I to go?"
31 So 30they took Joseph's tunic, and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic in the blood;
32 and they sent the varicolored tunic and brought it to their father and said, "We found this; please examine it to see whether it is your son's tunic or not."
33 Then he examined it and said, "It is my son's tunic. 31A wild beast has devoured him; 32Joseph has surely been torn to pieces!"
34 So Jacob 33tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days.
35 Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, "Surely I will 34go down to Sheol in mourning for my son." So his father wept for him.
36 Meanwhile, the Midianites 35sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh's officer, the captain of the bodyguard.
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