Genesis 37:1-34

1 And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger,

in the land of Canaan. 2 These [are] the generations of Jacob.

Joseph, [being] seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with

his brethren; and the lad [was] with the sons of Bilhah, and with

the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto

his father their evil report. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than

all his children, because he [was] the son of his old age: and he

made him a coat of [many] colours. 4 And when his brethren saw

that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated

him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. 5 And Joseph dreamed

a dream, and he told [it] his brethren: and they hated him yet the

more. 6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which

I have dreamed: 7 For, behold, we [were] binding sheaves in the

field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and,

behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my

sheaf. 8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign

over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they

hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. 9 And

he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said,

Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the

moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. 10 And he told

[it] to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked

him, and said unto him, What [is] this dream that thou hast

dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to

bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? 11 And his brethren

envied him; but his father observed the saying. 12 And his

brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. 13 And

Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed [the flock] in

Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him,

Here [am I]. 14 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether

it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring

me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he

came to Shechem. 15 And a certain man found him, and, behold, [he

was] wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What

seekest thou? 16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray

thee, where they feed [their flocks]. 17 And the man said, They

are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And

Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan. 18 And

when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them,

they conspired against him to slay him. 19 And they said one to

another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. 20 Come now therefore, and

let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some

evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of

his dreams. 21 And Reuben heard [it], and he delivered him out of

their hands; and said, Let us not kill him. 22 And Reuben said

unto them, Shed no blood, [but] cast him into this pit that [is]

in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him

out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again. 23 And it

came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they

stript Joseph out of his coat, [his] coat of [many] colours that

[was] on him; 24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and

the pit [was] empty, [there was] no water in it. 25 And they sat

down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and,

behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their

camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry [it]

down to Egypt. 26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit

[is it] if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? 27 Come,

and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be

upon him; for he [is] our brother [and] our flesh. And his

brethren were content. 28 Then there passed by Midianites

merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit,

and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty [pieces] of silver:

and they brought Joseph into Egypt. 29 And Reuben returned unto

the pit; and, behold, Joseph [was] not in the pit; and he rent his

clothes. 30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The

child [is] not; and I, whither shall I go? 31 And they took

Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat

in the blood; 32 And they sent the coat of [many] colours, and

they brought [it] to their father; and said, This have we found:

know now whether it [be] thy son's coat or no. 33 And he knew it,

and said, [It is] my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him;

Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces. 34 And Jacob rent his

clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son

many days. 35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to

comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I

will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father

wept for him. 36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto

Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, [and] captain of the guard.

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