The Plot against Joseph

18 [a]When they saw him from a distance, and before he came closer to them, they (A)plotted against him to put him to death. 19 They said to one another, “[b]Here comes this dreamer! 20 Now then, come and let’s kill him, and throw him into one of the pits; and (B)we will say, ‘A vicious animal devoured him.’ Then we will see what will become of his dreams!” 21 But (C)Reuben heard this and rescued him out of their hands [c]by saying, “Let’s not [d]take his life.” 22 Then Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him”—so that later he might rescue him out of their hands, to return him to his father. 23 So it came about, when Joseph [e]reached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the [f]multicolored 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 [g]a meal. But as they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of (D)Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying (E)labdanum resin, (F)balsam, and [h]myrrh, [i]on their way to bring them down to Egypt. 26 And Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and (G)cover up his blood? 27 (H)Come, and let’s 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 (I)Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him out and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and (J)sold [j]him to the Ishmaelites for [k]twenty shekels of silver. So (K)they brought Joseph into Egypt.

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  1. Genesis 37:18 Or And
  2. Genesis 37:19 Lit Behold, this master of dreams comes
  3. Genesis 37:21 Lit and said
  4. Genesis 37:21 Lit strike his soul
  5. Genesis 37:23 Lit came to
  6. Genesis 37:23 Or full-length tunic
  7. Genesis 37:25 Lit bread
  8. Genesis 37:25 Or resinous bark
  9. Genesis 37:25 Lit going
  10. Genesis 37:28 Lit Joseph
  11. Genesis 37:28 About 10 oz. or 280 gm

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