Genesis 37 ©

1 The history of Joseph, who is hated of his brethren. 5 His first dream. 9 His second dream. 12 Jacob sendeth him to visit his brethren. 18 They conspire his death, but Reuben saveth him. 23 He is cast into a pit, and afterwards taken out, and sold to the Ishmeelites. 29 Reuben, not finding him in the pit, is sorely grieved. 31 Jacob deceived by the bloody coat mourneth for him. 36 He is sold to Potiphar in Egypt.


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


These are athe generations of Jacob. Joseph, being bseventeen 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 cwives: and Joseph brought unto his father dtheir evil report.


Now Israel eloved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the fson of his old age: and he made him a gcoat of many 2colours.


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


¶And Joseph idreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they jhated 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, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your ksheaves stood round about, and lmade *obeisance to my sheaf.


And his brethren said to him, mShalt 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 ndreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; oand, 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 rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and pthy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?


And his brethren qenvied him; but his father robserved the saying.


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


And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And the said to him, Here am I.


And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, 3see 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 uHebron, 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 vDothan. 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, wthey conspired against him to slay him.


And they said one to another, Behold, this 4dreamer cometh.


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


And zReuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.


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; athat he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.

a v.29,30.

¶And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they bstript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many 5colours that was on him;


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


And they dsat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of eIshmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and fbalm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.


And Judah said unto his brethren, gWhat profit is it if we slay our brother, and hconceal his blood?

h v.20.

Come, and let us isell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and jour flesh. And his brethren 6were content.


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

k ch. 25.2. Ju. 6.3. Or, Medanites.

¶And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he mrent his clothes.


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


And othey took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and 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; an pevil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.


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


And all his sons and all his qdaughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For rI will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.


And the sMidianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an 7officer of Pharaoh's, and 8captain of the guard.