NASB — Genesis 37 — KJV

Joseph’s Dream

1 Now Jacob lived in athe land Iwhere his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan. 2 These are [the records of] the generations of Jacob.

¶ Joseph, when aseventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was [still] a youth, along with bthe sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought back a cbad report about them to their father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was athe son of his old age; and he made him a Ibvaricolored tunic. 4 His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and [so] they ahated him and could not speak to him Ion friendly terms.

[1] ILit of his father’s sojournings aGn 17:8; 28:4
[2] aGn 41:46 bGn 35:25, 26 c1S 2:22-24
[3] IOr full-length robe aGn 44:20 bGn 37:23, 32
[4] ILit in peace aGn 27:41; 1S 17:28

5 ¶ Then Joseph Iahad a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have Ihad; 7 for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and abowed down to my sheaf.” 8 Then his brothers said to him, “aAre you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.

[5] ILit dreamed aGn 28:12; 31:10, 11, 24
[6] ILit dreamed
[7] aGn 42:6, 9; 43:26; 44:14
[8] aGn 49:26; Dt 33:16

9 ¶ Now he Ihad still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have Ihad still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 He related [it] to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have Ihad? Shall I and your mother and ayour brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?” 11 aHis brothers were jealous of him, but his father bkept the saying [in mind].

[9] ILit dreamed
[10] ILit dreamed aGn 27:29
[11] aAc 7:9 bDn 7:28; Lk 2:19, 51

12 ¶ Then his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock in Shechem. 13 Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing [the flock] in aShechem? Come, and I will send you to them.” And he said to him, “II will go.” 14 Then he said to him, “Go now and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of aHebron, and he came to Shechem.

[13] ILit Behold me aGn 33:18-20
[14] aGn 13:18; 23:2, 19; 35:27; Jsh 14:14, 15; Jg 1:10

15 ¶ A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, “IWhat are you looking for?” 16 He said, “I am looking for my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing [the flock].” 17 Then the man said, “They have moved from here; for I heard [them] say, ‘Let us go to aDothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.

[15] ILit saying, “What...?”;
[17] a2K 6:13

The Plot against Joseph

18IWhen they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they aplotted against him to put him to death. 19 They said to one another, “IHere comes this dreamer! 20 Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and awe will say, ‘A wild beast devoured him.’ Then let us see what will become of his dreams!” 21 But aReuben heard [this] and rescued him out of their hands and said, “Let us not Itake his life.” 22 Reuben further said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay hands on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hands, to restore him to his father. 23 So it came about, when Joseph Ireached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his IItunic, the varicolored tunic that was on him; 24 and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it.

[18] IOr And aPs 31:13; 37:12, 32; Mk 14:1; Jn 11:53; Ac 23:12
[19] ILit Behold, this master of dreams comes
[20] aGn 37:32, 33
[21] ILit smite his soul aGn 42:22
[23] ILit came to IIOr full-length robe

25 ¶ Then they sat down to eat Ia meal. And as they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of aIshmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing IIbaromatic gum and IIIcbalm and IVmyrrh, Von their way to bring [them] down to Egypt. 26 Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and acover up his blood? 27 aCome and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our [own] flesh.” And his brothers listened [to him]. 28 Then some aMidianite traders passed by, so they pulled [him] up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and bsold Ihim to the Ishmaelites for twenty [shekels] of silver. Thus cthey brought Joseph into Egypt.

[25] ILit bread IIOr ladanum spice IIIOr mastic IVOr resinous bark VLit going aGn 16:11, 12; 37:28; 39:1 bGn 43:11 cJr 8:22; 46:11
[26] aGn 37:20
[27] aGn 42:21
[28] ILit Joseph aGn 37:25; Jg 6:1-3; 8:22, 24 bGn 45:4, 5; Ps 105:17; Ac 7:9 cGn 39:1

29 ¶ Now Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph was not in the pit; so he atore his garments. 30 He returned to his brothers and said, “aThe boy is not [there]; as for me, where am I to go?” 31 So athey took Joseph’s tunic, and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic in the blood; 32 and they sent the varicolored tunic and brought it to their father and said, “We found this; please Iexamine [it] to [see] whether it is your son’s tunic or not.” 33 Then he Iexamined it and said, “It is my son’s tunic. aA wild beast has devoured him; bJoseph has surely been torn to pieces!” 34 So Jacob atore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days. 35 Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, “Surely I will ago down to Sheol in mourning for my son.” So his father wept for him. 36 Meanwhile, the IMidianites asold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s officer, the captain of the bodyguard.

[29] aGn 37:34; 44:13
[30] aGn 42:13, 36
[31] aGn 37:3, 23
[32] IOr recognize
[33] IOr recognized aGn 37:20 bGn 44:28
[34] aGn 37:29
[35] aGn 25:8; 35:29; 42:38; 44:29, 31
[36] ILit Medanites aGn 39:1


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

[1] Gn 17:8; 23:4; 28:4; 36:7; He 11:9.

Joseph is hated of his brethren.

2 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. 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. 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.

[2] Gn 2:4; 5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 30:4, 9; 35:22, 25; 1S 2:22; Jn 7:7; 1Co 1:11; 5:1; 11:18.
[3] Gn 37:23, 32; 44:20; Jg 5:30; 2S 13:18; Ps 45:13; Ezk 16:16; Jn 3:35; 13:22.
[4] Gn 4:5; 27:41; 37:5, 11, 18; 49:23; 1S 16:12; 17:28; Ps 38:19; 69:4; Jn 7:3; 15:18; Tit 3:3; 1Jn 2:11; 3:10, 12; 4:20.

His two dreams.

5 ¶ And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told [it] his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. 6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 7 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. 8 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.

[5] Gn 28:12; 37:4, 8, 9; 40:5; 41:1; 42:9; 49:23; Nu 12:6; Jg 7:13; 1K 3:5; Ps 25:14; Dn 2:1; 4:5; Jol 2:28; Am 3:7; Jn 17:14.
[6] Gn 44:18; Jg 9:7.
[7] Gn 42:6, 9; 43:26; 44:14, 19; Php 2:10; Col 1:18.
[8] Gn 37:4; Ex 2:14; 1S 10:27; 17:28; Ps 2:3; 118:22; Lk 19:14; 20:17; Ac 4:27; 7:35; He 10:29.

9 ¶ 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. 10 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 the earth? 11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

[9] Gn 37:7, 10; 41:25, 32; 43:28; 44:14, 19; 45:9; 46:29; 47:12; 50:15; Dn 8:10; Ac 7:9; Php 2:15.
[10] Gn 27:29; Is 60:14; Php 2:10.
[11] Gn 24:31; 26:14; Ps 106:16; Ec 4:4; Is 11:13; 26:11; Dn 7:28; Mt 27:18; Mk 15:10; Lk 2:19, 51; Ac 7:9; 13:45; Ga 5:21; Tit 3:3; Jm 3:14; 4:5.

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

[12] Gn 33:18; 34:25; 37:1.

Jacob sendeth him to visit his brethren.

13 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 I]. 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.

[13] Gn 22:1; 27:1, 18; 1S 3:4, 8, 16; 17:17; Mt 10:16; Lk 20:13; Ep 6:1.
[14] Gn 23:2; 29:6; 35:27; 41:16; Nu 13:22; Jsh 14:13, 15; 1S 17:17; 2S 18:32; 1K 2:33; Ps 125:5; Jr 29:7; Lk 19:42.

15 ¶ And a certain man found him, and, behold, [he was] wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? 16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed [their flocks]. 17 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.

[15] Gn 21:14; Jg 4:22; 2K 6:19; Jn 1:38; 4:27; 18:4, 7; 20:15.
[16] So 1:7; Lk 19:10.
[17] 2K 6:13.

His brethren conspire his death.

18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. 19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. 20 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.

[18] 1S 19:1; Ps 31:13; 37:12, 32; 94:21; 105:25; 109:4; Mt 21:38; 27:1; Mk 12:7; 14:1; Lk 20:14; Jn 11:53; Ac 23:12.
[19] Gn 28:12; 37:5, 11; 49:23; 2S 6:20; Ps 22:8; Is 5:19; Mt 22:16; 27:29, 40, 42; Mk 15:29.
[20] 1S 24:20; 26:2; 1K 13:24; 2K 2:24; Ps 64:5; Pv 1:11, 16; 6:17; 10:18; 27:4; 28:13; Mt 2:2; 27:40; Mk 15:29; Jn 3:12; 12:10; Ac 4:16; Tit 3:3.

Reuben saveth him.

21 And Reuben heard [it], and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him. 22 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.

[21] Gn 9:5; 35:22; 42:22; Jsh 10:28; Mt 10:28.
[22] Gn 22:12; 42:22; Ex 24:11; Dt 13:9; Mt 27:24; Ac 12:1.

23 ¶ 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; 24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit [was] empty, [there was] no water in it. 25 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.

[23] Gn 37:3, 31; 42:21; Ps 22:18; Mt 27:28.
[24] Ps 35:7; 40:2; 88:6, 8; 130:1; Jr 38:6; Lm 3:52; 4:20; Zc 9:11.
[25] Gn 16:11; 25:1, 16; 31:21, 23; 37:28, 36; 43:11; Es 3:15; Ps 14:4; 83:6; Pv 30:20; Jr 8:22; Am 6:6.

They sell him to the Ishmeelites.

26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit [is it] if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? 27 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. 28 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.

[26] Gn 4:10; 25:32; 37:20; Dt 17:8; 2S 1:16; Jb 16:18; Ps 30:9; Jr 41:8; Ezk 24:7; Mt 16:26; Ro 6:21.
[27] Gn 29:14; 37:22; 42:21; Ex 21:16, 21; 1S 18:17; 2S 11:14; 12:9; Ne 5:8; Mt 16:26; 26:15; 1Ti 1:10; Rv 18:13.
[28] Gn 25:2; 37:25; 45:4; Ex 2:16; Nu 25:15, 17; 31:2, 8; Jg 6:1; Ps 83:9; 105:17; Is 60:6; Zc 11:12; Mt 26:15; 27:9; Ac 7:9.

29 ¶ And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph [was] not in the pit; and he rent his clothes. 30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child [is] not; and I, whither shall I go?

[29] Gn 34:13; 37:34; Nu 14:6; Jg 11:35; 2K 19:1; Jb 1:20; Jol 2:13; Ac 14:14.
[30] Gn 37:20; 42:13, 32, 35; Jr 31:15.

His father, deceived by the bloody coat, mourneth for him.

31 And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood; 32 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. 33 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. 34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. 35 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.

[31] Gn 37:3, 23; Pv 28:13.
[32] Gn 37:3; 44:20; Lk 15:30.
[33] Gn 37:20; 44:28; 1K 13:24; 2K 2:24; Pv 14:15; Jn 13:7.
[34] Gn 37:29; Jsh 7:6; 2S 1:11; 3:31; 1K 20:31; 21:27; 2K 19:1; 1Ch 21:16; Ezr 9:3; Ne 9:1; Es 4:1; Jb 1:20; 2:12; Ps 69:11; Is 22:12; 32:11; 36:22; 37:1; Jr 36:24; Jol 2:13; Jna 3:5; Mt 11:21; 26:65; Ac 14:14; Rv 11:3.
[35] Gn 31:43; 35:22; 42:31; 44:29; 45:28; 2S 12:17; Jb 2:11; Ps 77:2; Jr 31:15.

He is sold to Potiphar in Egypt.

36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, [and] captain of the guard.

[36] Gn 25:1; 37:28; 39:1; 40:4; 2K 25:8; Es 1:10; Is 56:3.


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