Genesis 37:18–28

18 They saw him in the distance, and before he had reached them, they plotted to kill him.f 19 They said to one another, “Oh, look, here comes that dream expert!A 20 So now, come on, let’s kill him and throw him into one of the pits.B We can say that a vicious animal ate him. Then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams!”

21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to save him from them.C He said, “Let’s not take his life.”g 22 Reuben also said to them, “Don’t shed blood. Throw him into this pit in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him”—intending to rescue him from them and return him to his father.

23 When Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped off Joseph’s robe, the long-sleeved robe that he had on. 24 Then they took him and threw him into the pit. The pit was empty, without water.*

25 They sat down to eat a meal,h and when they looked up, there was a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead.i Their camels were carrying aromatic gum, balsam, and resin, going down to Egypt.j

26 Judah said to his brothers, “What do we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come on, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay a hand on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh,” and his brothers agreed. 28 When Midianitek traders passed by, his brothers pulled Joseph out of the pit and sold him for twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took Joseph to Egypt.l

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