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Genesis 37 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Joseph's Dream

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:1 - Now Jacob lived in the land [fn]where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:2 - These are the records of the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought back a bad report about them to their father.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:3 - Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a [fn]varicolored tunic.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:4 - His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they hated him and could not speak to him [fn]on friendly terms.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:5 - Then Joseph [fn]had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:6 - He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have [fn]had;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:7 - for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:8 - Then his brothers said to him, “Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:9 - Now he [fn]had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have [fn]had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:10 - He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have [fn]had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:11 - His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:12 - Then his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock in Shechem.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:13 - Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them.” And he said to him, “[fn]I will go.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:14 - Then he said to him, “Go now and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:15 - A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, “[fn]What are you looking for?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:16 - He said, “I am looking for my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing the flock.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:17 - Then the man said, “They have moved from here; for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.

The Plot against Joseph

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:18 - [fn]When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:19 - They said to one another,[fn]Here comes this dreamer!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:20 - “Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, ‘A wild beast devoured him.’ Then let us see what will become of his dreams!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:21 - But Reuben heard this and rescued him out of their hands and said, “Let us not [fn]take his life.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:22 - Reuben further said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay hands on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hands, to restore him to his father.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:23 - So it came about, when Joseph [fn]reached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his [fn]tunic, the varicolored tunic that was on him;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:24 - and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:25 - Then they sat down to eat [fn]a meal. And as they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing [fn]aromatic gum and [fn]balm and [fn]myrrh, [fn]on their way to bring them down to Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:26 - Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:27 - “Come and let us 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:28 - Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold [fn]him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:29 - Now Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph was not in the pit; so he tore his garments.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:30 - He returned to his brothers and said, “The boy is not there; as for me, where am I to go?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:31 - So they took Joseph’s tunic, and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic in the blood;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:32 - and they sent the varicolored tunic and brought it to their father and said, “We found this; please [fn]examine it to see whether it is your son’s tunic or not.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:33 - Then he [fn]examined it and said, “It is my son’s tunic. A wild beast has devoured him; Joseph has surely been torn to pieces!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:34 - So Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:35 - Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, “Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son.” So his father wept for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:36 - Meanwhile, the [fn]Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s officer, the captain of the bodyguard.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: of his father's sojournings
Or, full-length robe
Literally: in peace
Literally: dreamed
Literally: dreamed
Literally: dreamed
Literally: dreamed
Literally: Behold me
Literally: saying, ``What...?"
Or, And
Literally: Behold, this master of dreams comes
Literally: smite his soul
Literally: came to
Or, full-length robe
Literally: bread
Or, ladanum spice
Or, mastic
Or, resinous bark
Literally: going
Literally: Joseph
Or, recognize
Or, recognized
Literally: Medanites

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