Genesis 37 ©

Joseph, being better beloved of Jacob than the rest of his brethren, is therefore hated by them, vs. 1, etc. Especially upon the account of his dreams, 5. Which makes them conspire together (as he came to Dothan by his father’s command) to kill him, 12. But upon the intervention of Reuben, they throw him into the pit, 21. And afterwards, by Judah’s advice, they sell him to the Ishmaelites passing by there, who carry him into Egypt, 26. His brothers cover their deed with deceit before Jacob, 31. Who takes on grievously for the loss of Joseph, 33. Whom the Ishmaelites in the meanwhile sell to Potiphar, 36.


AND Jacob dwelt in the landa wherein his father was a 1stranger, in the land of Canaan.


These are the 2generations 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 3evil report.


Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son 4of his old age: and he made him a 5coat of many colours.


And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hatedb him, and could not speak 6peaceably unto him.


¶And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they 7hated him yet the more.


And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:


For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, 8lo, my sheaf arose, and also 9stood upright; and, 10behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisancec to my sheaf.


And his brethren said to him, 11Shalt 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.


¶And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed 12a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.


And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father 13rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy 14mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?


And his brethren enviedd him; but his father observed 15the saying.


¶And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in 16Shechem.


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, 17Here am I.


And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be 18well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and 19bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of 20Hebron, and he came to Shechem.


¶And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?


And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.


And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to 21Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.


And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they 22conspired against him 23to slay him.


And they said 24one to another, Behold, this 25dreamer cometh.


Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we 26will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see 27what will become of his dreams.


28And Reuben heard it, 29and he delivered him out of their hands; ande said, Let us not 30kill him.


And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, 31and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.


¶And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his 32coat of many colours that was on him;


33And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.


And they sat down 34to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of 35Ishmeelites came from 36Gilead with their camels bearing 37spicery and 38balm and 39myrrh, going to carry it down to 40Egypt.


And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his 41blood?


Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not 42our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.


Then there passed by 43Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and soldf Joseph to the Ishmeelites for 44twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.


45And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he 46rent his clothes.


And he returned unto his brethren, and said, 47The child is not; and I, 48whither shall I go?


And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, 49and dipped the coat in the blood;


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.


And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; ang evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is 50without doubt rent in pieces.


And Jacob 51rent his clothes, and put 52sackcloth upon his loins, and 53mourned for his son 54many days.


And all his sons and all 55his daughters rose up to comfort him; 56but he refused to be comforted; and he said, Forh I will go down into the 57grave 58unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.


Andi the 59Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an 60officer of Pharaoh's, and captain 61of the guard.