Joseph's Dreams

37 Jacob lived in (A)the land of his father's sojournings, in the land of Canaan.

These are the generations of Jacob.

Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought (B)a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was (C)the son of his old age. And he made him (D)a robe of many colors.[a] But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 37:3 See Septuagint, Vulgate; or (with Syriac) a robe with long sleeves. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain; also verses 23, 32

23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, (A)the robe of many colors that he wore. 24 And they took him and (B)threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.

25 Then they sat down to eat. And looking up they saw a (C)caravan of (D)Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing (E)gum, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. 26 Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it (F)if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and (G)let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him. 28 Then (H)Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and (I)sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels[a] of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt.

29 When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he (J)tore his clothes 30 and returned to his brothers and said, “The boy (K)is gone, and I, where shall I go?” 31 Then they took (L)Joseph's robe and slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32 And they sent the robe of many colors and brought it to their father and said, “This we have found; please identify whether it is your son's robe or not.” 33 And he identified it and said, “It is my son's robe. (M)A fierce animal has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.”

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 37:28 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams

God's Good Purposes

15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: 17 ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of (A)the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 His brothers also came and (B)fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for (C)am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but (D)God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people[a] should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; (E)I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 50:20 Or a numerous people

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