Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
1 JacobI settledII in the landIII
where his fatherIV had lived as an alien,V the land of Canaan.VI 2 These are the descendantsVII of Jacob.
Joseph,VIII being seventeenIX yearsX old,XI
wasXII shepherdingXIII the flockXIV with his brothers;XV
he was a helperXVI to the sonsXVII of BilhahXVIII and Zilpah,XIX
his father’s wives,XX and Joseph broughtXXI a badXXII reportXXIII of them to their father.
3 Now IsraelXXIV lovedXXV Joseph more than any otherXXVI of his childrenXXVII
because he was the son of his old age,XXVIII and he madeXXIX him an ornamentedXXX robe.XXXI
4 But when his brothers sawXXXII that their father loved him more than allXXXIII his brothers, they hatedXXXIV him and couldXXXV not speakXXXVI peaceablyXXXVII to him.
12 Now his brothers wentXXXVIII to pastureXXXIX their father’s flock near Shechem.XL
13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come,XLI I will sendXLII you to them.”
He answered, “Here I am.”XLIII
14 So he said to him, “Go now,XLIV see if it is wellXLV with your brothers and with the flock, and bring wordXLVI backXLVII to me.”
So he sent him from the valleyXLVIII of Hebron.XLIX
He came to Shechem, 15 and a manL foundLI himLII
wanderingLIII in the fields;LIV the man askedLV him, “What are you seeking?”LVI
16 “I am seeking my brothers,” he said; “tellLVII me, please,LVIII where they are pasturing the flock.”
17 The manLIX said, “They have gone away,LX for I heardLXI them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’”LXII So Joseph went afterLXIII his brothers and found them at Dothan.
18 They saw him from a distance,LXIV and beforeLXV he came nearLXVI to them they conspiredLXVII to killLXVIII him.
19 They said to oneLXIX another,LXX “Here comes thisLXXI dreamer.LXXII
20 ComeLXXIII now,LXXIV let us killLXXV him and throwLXXVI him into oneLXXVII of the pits;LXXVIII
then we shall say that a wildLXXIX animalLXXX has devouredLXXXI him, and we shall see what will becomeLXXXII of his dreams.”LXXXIII
21 But when ReubenLXXXIV heard it, he deliveredLXXXV him out of their hands,LXXXVI saying, “Let us not takeLXXXVII his life.”LXXXVIII
22 Reuben said to them, “ShedLXXXIX no blood;XC throw him into this pit here in the wilderness,XCI but lay no hand on him”—that he might rescueXCII him out of their hand and restoreXCIII him to his father.
23 SoXCIV when Joseph cameXCV to his brothers, they strippedXCVI him of his robe, the ornamented robe that he wore, 24 and they tookXCVII him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty;XCVIII there was noXCIX waterC in it.
25 Then they sat downCI to eat,CII, CIII and looking upCIV they sawCV
a caravanCVI of IshmaelitesCVII comingCVIII from Gilead,CIX
with their camelsCX carryingCXI gum,CXII balm,CXIII
and resin,CXIV on their wayCXV to carry it downCXVI to Egypt.CXVII
26 Then JudahCXVIII said to his brothers, “What profitCXIX is it if we killCXX our brother and concealCXXI his blood?
27 Come,CXXII let us sellCXXIII him to the Ishmaelites and not layCXXIV our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.”CXXV And his brothers agreed.CXXVI
28 When someCXXVII MidianiteCXXVIII tradersCXXIX passed by,CXXX
they drewCXXXI Joseph up, liftingCXXXII him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twentyCXXXIII pieces of silver.CXXXIV And they tookCXXXV Joseph to Egypt.
Image credit: “Sunset Camel Caravan” by chiaralily, 2020.