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Genesis 37 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:1 - Jacob dwelt in the land of his father's sojournings, in the land of Canaan.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:2 - This is the history of the family of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a lad with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph brought an ill report of them to their father.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:3 - Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a long robe with sleeves.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:4 - But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:5 - Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they only hated him the more.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:6 - He said to them, "Hear this dream which I have dreamed:
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:7 - behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf arose and stood upright; and behold, your sheaves gathered round it, and bowed down to my sheaf."
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:8 - His brothers said to him, "Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to have dominion over us?" So they hated him yet more for his dreams and for his words.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:9 - Then he dreamed another dream, and told it to his brothers, and said, "Behold, I have dreamed another dream; and behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me."
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:10 - But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him, and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?"
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:11 - And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:12 - Now his brothers went to pasture their father's flock near Shechem.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:13 - And Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them." And he said to him, "Here I am."
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:14 - So he said to him, "Go now, see if it is well with your brothers, and with the flock; and bring me word again." So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:15 - And a man found him wandering in the fields; and the man asked him, "What are you seeking?"
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:16 - "I am seeking my brothers," he said, "tell me, I pray you, where they are pasturing the flock."
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:17 - And the man said, "They have gone away, 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 - They saw him afar off, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:19 - They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:20 - Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild beast has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams."
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:21 - But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, "Let us not take his life."
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:22 - And Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood; cast him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand upon him"--that he might rescue him out of their hand, to restore him to his father.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:23 - So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:24 - and they took him and cast him into a pit. The pit was empty, there was no water in it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:25 - Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ish'maelites coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing gum, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry it down to Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:26 - Then Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:27 - Come, let us sell him to the Ish'maelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh." And his brothers heeded him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:28 - Then Mid'ianite traders passed by; and they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ish'maelites for twenty shekels of silver; and they took Joseph to Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:29 - When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he rent his clothes
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:30 - and returned to his brothers, and said, "The lad is gone; and I, where shall I go?"
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:31 - Then they took Joseph's robe, and killed a goat, and dipped the robe in the blood;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:32 - and they sent the long robe with sleeves and brought it to their father, and said, "This we have found; see now whether it is your son's robe or not."
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:33 - And he recognized it, and said, "It is my son's robe; a wild beast has devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces."
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:34 - Then Jacob rent his garments, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:35 - All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and said, "No, I shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning." Thus his father wept for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 37:36 - Meanwhile the Mid'ianites had sold him in Egypt to Pot'i-phar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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