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 Genesis 37:12 - 36
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   Book of Genesis
   Chapter 37
37:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem,
 
37:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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and Israel said to Joseph, "As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them." "Very well," he replied.
 
37:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So he said to him, "Go and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to me." Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron. When Joseph arrived at Shechem,
 
37:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, "What are you looking for?"
 
37:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He replied, "I'm looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?"
 
37:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"They have moved on from here," the man answered. "I heard them say, 'Let's go to Dothan.'" So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan.
 
37:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
 
37:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"Here comes that dreamer!" they said to each other.
 
37:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"Come now, let's kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we'll see what comes of his dreams."
 
37:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. "Let's not take his life," he said.
 
37:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"Don't shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the desert, but don't lay a hand on him." Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.
 
37:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe - the richly ornamented robe he was wearing -
 
37:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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and they took him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
 
37:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.
 
37:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?
 
37:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Come, let's sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood." His brothers agreed.
 
37:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels F192 of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
 
37:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.
 
37:30 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! Where can I turn now?"
 
37:31 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then they got Joseph's robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.
 
37:32 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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They took the ornamented robe back to their father and said, "We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son's robe."
 
37:33 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He recognized it and said, "It is my son's robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces."
 
37:34 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days.
 
37:35 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. "No," he said, "in mourning will I go down to the grave F193 to my son." So his father wept for him.
 
37:36 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Meanwhile, the Midianites F194 sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F192 That is, about 8 ounces (about 0.2 kilogram)
F193 Hebrew Sheol
F194 Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac (see also verse 28); Masoretic Text Medanites

 
 

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