1Jacob lived in the land of Canaan. It's the land where his father had stayed.2Here is the story of Jacob. Joseph was a young man. He was 17 years old. He was taking care of the flocks with some of his brothers. They were the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives. Joseph brought their father a bad report about them.3Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons. Joseph had been born to him when he was old. Israel made him a beautiful robe.4Joseph's brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them. So they hated Joseph. They couldn't even speak one kind word to him.5Joseph had a dream. When he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.6He said to them, “Listen to the dream I had.7We were tying up bundles of grain out in the field. Suddenly my bundle rose and stood up straight. Your bundles gathered around my bundle and bowed down to it.”8His brothers said to him, “Do you plan to be king over us? Will you really rule over us?” So they hated him even more because of his dream. They didn't like what he had said.9Then Joseph had another dream. He told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said. “I had another dream. This time the sun and moon and 11 stars were bowing down to me.”10He told his father as well as his brothers. Then his father objected. He said, “What about this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers really do that? Will we really come and bow down to the ground in front of you?”11His brothers were jealous of him. But his father kept the matter in mind.
Joseph Is Sold by His Brothers
12Joseph's brothers had gone to take care of their father's flocks near Shechem.13Israel said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are taking care of the flocks near Shechem. Come. I'm going to send you to them.” “All right,” Joseph replied.14So Israel said to him, “Go to your brothers. See how they are doing. Also see how the flocks are doing. Then come back and tell me.” So he sent him away from the Hebron Valley. Joseph arrived at Shechem.15A man found him wandering around in the fields. He asked Joseph, “What are you looking for?”16He replied, “I'm looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are taking care of their flocks?”17“They've moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let's go to Dothan.’ ” So Joseph went to look for his brothers. He found them near Dothan.18But they saw him a long way off. Before he reached them, they made plans to kill him.19“Here comes that dreamer!” they said to one another.20“Come. Let's kill him. Let's throw him into one of these empty wells. Let's say that a wild animal ate him up. Then we'll see whether his dreams will come true.”21Reuben heard them. He tried to save Joseph from them. “Let's not take his life,” he said.22“Let's not spill any blood. Throw him into this empty well here in the desert. But don't harm him yourselves.” Reuben said that to save Joseph from them. He was hoping he could take him back to his father.23When Joseph came to his brothers, he was wearing his beautiful robe. They took it away from him.24And they threw him into the well. The well was empty. There wasn't any water in it.25Then they sat down to eat their meal. As they did, they saw some Ishmaelite traders coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, lotion and myrrh. They were on their way to take them down to Egypt.26Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and try to cover up what we've done?27Come. Let's sell him to these traders. Let's not harm him ourselves. After all, he's our brother. He's our own flesh and blood.” Judah's brothers agreed with him.28The traders from Midian came by. Joseph's brothers pulled him up out of the well. They sold him to the Ishmaelite traders for eight ounces of silver. Then the traders took him to Egypt.29Later, Reuben came back to the empty well. He saw that Joseph wasn't there. He was so upset that he tore his clothes.30He went back to his brothers and said, “The boy isn't there! Now what should I do?”31Then they got Joseph's beautiful robe. They killed a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.32They took it back to their father. They said, “We found this. Take a look at it. See if it's your son's robe.”33Jacob recognized it. He said, “It's my son's robe! A wild animal has eaten him up. Joseph must have been torn to pieces.”34Jacob tore his clothes. He put on black clothes. Then he sobbed over his son for many days.35All of Jacob's other sons and daughters came to comfort him. But they weren't able to. He said, “I'll be full of sorrow when I go down into the grave to be with my son.” So Joseph's father sobbed over him.36But the traders from Midian sold Joseph to Potiphar in Egypt. Potiphar was one of Pharaoh's officials. He was the captain of the palace guard.
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1Jacob lived in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan. (Ge 36:7)2These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. (1Sa 2:23)3Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. (Ge 37:23; Ge 37:32; Ge 44:20)4But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.5Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more.6He said to them, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed:7Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.” (Ge 42:6; Ge 42:9; Ge 43:26; Ge 44:14)8His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.9Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”10But 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?” (Ge 35:18; Ge 37:7; Ge 37:9)11And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind. (Lu 2:19; Lu 2:51; Ac 7:9)
Joseph Sold by His Brothers
12Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. (Ge 33:18)13And 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.”14So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock, and bring me word.” So he sent him from the Valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. (Ge 13:18; Ge 35:27)15And a man found him wandering in the fields. And the man asked him, “What are you seeking?”16“I am seeking my brothers,” he said. “Tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.”17And 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. (2Ki 6:13)18They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. (Ps 37:12; Ps 37:32)19They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer.20Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams.” (Ge 37:26)21But when Reuben heard it, he rescued him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” (Ge 42:22)22And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hand to restore him to his father. (Ge 37:29)23So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore. (Ge 37:3)24And they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it. (Jer 38:6; La 3:53)25Then they sat down to eat. And looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing gum, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. (Ge 37:28; Ge 37:36; Ge 39:1; Ge 43:11; Job 6:19; Isa 21:13; Jer 8:22; Jer 46:11)26Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? (Ge 37:20)27Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him. (1Sa 18:17)28Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt. (Ge 37:36; Ge 45:4; Jud 8:22; Jud 8:24; Ps 105:17; Ac 7:9)29When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes (Ge 44:13; Nu 14:6; 2Sa 1:11; 2Sa 3:31; Job 1:20)30and returned to his brothers and said, “The boy is gone, and I, where shall I go?” (Ge 42:13; Ge 42:32; Ge 42:36; Ge 44:31; Jer 31:15; La 5:7)31Then they took Joseph’s robe and slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. (Ge 37:23)32And they sent the robe of many colors and brought it to their father and said, “This we have found; please identify whether it is your son’s robe or not.”33And he identified it and said, “It is my son’s robe. A fierce animal has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.” (Ge 37:20; Ge 44:28)34Then Jacob tore his garments and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days.35All 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. (Ge 42:38; Ge 44:29; Ge 44:31; 2Sa 12:17)36Meanwhile the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard. (Ge 37:25; Ge 37:28; Ge 39:1; Ge 40:3; Ge 41:10; Ge 41:12)