Joseph had a dream,(A) and when he told it to his brothers,(B) they hated him all the more.(C) He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves(D) 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.”(E)

His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?”(F) And they hated him all the more(G) because of his dream and what he had said.

Then he had another dream,(H) and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars(I) were bowing down to me.”(J)

10 When he told his father as well as his brothers,(K) his father rebuked(L) 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?”(M) 11 His brothers were jealous of him,(N) but his father kept the matter in mind.(O)

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19 “Here comes that dreamer!(A)” they said to each other. 20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns(B) and say that a ferocious animal(C) devoured him.(D) Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”(E)

21 When Reuben(F) heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said.(G)

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23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe(A) he was wearing— 24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern.(B) The cistern was empty; there was no water in it.

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28 So when the Midianite(A) merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern(B) and sold(C) him for twenty shekels[a] of silver(D) to the Ishmaelites,(E) who took him to Egypt.(F)

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  1. Genesis 37:28 That is, about 8 ounces or about 230 grams