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13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.”

So he said to him, “Here I am.”

14 Then he said to him, “Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flocks, and bring back word to me.” So he sent him out of the Valley of (A)Hebron, and he went to Shechem.

15 Now a certain man found him, and there he was, wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, “What are you seeking?”

16 So he said, “I am seeking my brothers. (B)Please tell me where they are feeding their flocks.

17 And the man said, “They have departed from here, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’ ” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them in (C)Dothan.

18 Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, (D)they conspired against him to kill him. 19 Then they said to one another, “Look, this [a]dreamer is coming! 20 (E)Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!”

21 But (F)Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands, and said, “Let us not kill him.” 22 And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him”—that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father.

23 So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they (G)stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him. 24 Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it.

25 (H)And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of (I)Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, (J)balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt. 26 So Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is there if we kill our brother and (K)conceal his blood? 27 Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and (L)let not our hand be upon him, for he is (M)our brother and (N)our flesh.” And his brothers listened. 28 Then (O)Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, (P)and sold him to the Ishmaelites for (Q)twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 37:19 Lit. master of dreams

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