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37 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.
2 This is the account of Jacobfs family line.
Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his fatherfs wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.
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 an ornate[a] robe for him. 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.
5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, gListen to this dream I had: 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.h
8 His brothers said to him, gDo you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?h And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. gListen,h he said, gI had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.h
10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, gWhat is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?h 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Joseph Sold by His Brothers
12 Now his brothers had gone to graze their fatherfs flocks near Shechem, 13 and Israel said to Joseph, gAs you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them.h
gVery well,h he replied.
14 So he said to him, gGo and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to me.h Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron.
When Joseph arrived at Shechem, 15 a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, gWhat are you looking for?h
16 He replied, gIfm looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?h
17 gThey have moved on from here,h the man answered. gI heard them say, eLetfs go to Dothan.fh
So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. 18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
19 gHere comes that dreamer!h they said to each other. 20 gCome now, letfs kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then wefll see what comes of his dreams.h
21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. gLetfs not take his life,h he said. 22 gDonft shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but donft lay a hand on him.h Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.
23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe?the ornate robe he was wearing? 24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
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.
26 Judah said to his brothers, gWhat will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, letfs sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.h His brothers agreed.
28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels[b] of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes. 30 He went back to his brothers and said, gThe boy isnft there! Where can I turn now?h
31 Then they got Josephfs robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32 They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, gWe found this. Examine it to see whether it is your sonfs robe.h
33 He recognized it and said, gIt is my sonfs robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.h
34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. 35 All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. gNo,h he said, gI will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.h So his father wept for him.
36 Meanwhile, the Midianites[c] sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaohfs officials, the captain of the guard.
Genesis 37:3 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain; also
in verses 23 and 32.