And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land
of Canaan. ||
Jacob loved Joseph more than his other children, and he made it pretty obvious. So the other kids
in the family hated Joseph. (God didn't seem to mind; he liked Joseph best, too.)
(37:3) "Israel loved Joseph more than all his children."
(37:4) "And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him."
These are the generations 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 evil report.
|37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son
of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
|37:4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his
brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated
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 sheaves stood round about,
and made obeisance to my sheaf.||
Joseph is Ambushed
And his brethren said to him, Shalt 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 a 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 rebuked
him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I
and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to
(37:12-17) Jacob sent his favorite son (Joseph) to check up on his brothers who were tending flocks in
was about fifty miles north of Hebron.
When he got there, he found out that his brothers weren't there, but were another thirteen miles away in
Dothan. The trip
must have taken poor Joseph a week or so.
(37:12) "His brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem."
(37:13) "And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in
Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them."
(37:14) "And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see 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 Hebron, and he came to Shechem."
And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.
And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.
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, Here am
And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see 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 Hebron, 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
(37:16) "He said, I seek my brethren."
And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go
to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.||
(37:17) "The man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go
to Dothan. 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
conspired against him to slay him.||
And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.||
Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and
we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will
become of his dreams.||
And Reuben 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; 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 coat of many colours that was on him;||
And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there
was no water in it.||
And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked,
and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels
bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.||
Domesticated camels didn't exist
at the time Joseph supposedly lived.
And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our
brother, and conceal his blood?||
Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon
him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.||
Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit,
and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and
they brought Joseph into Egypt.||
(37:28) "The Ishmeelites ... brought him into Egypt."|
Who brought Joseph into Egypt?
(37:29) "He rent his clothes."
They rent their clothes.
And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit;
and he rent his clothes.
And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I,
whither shall I go?
And they 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
And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil 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.||
(37:34) "And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins."|
They rent their clothes.
They put sackcloth on their loins.
(37:36) "And the Midianites sold him into Egypt."
Who brought Joseph into Egypt?
And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he
refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto
my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.
And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain
of the guard.