2 This is the accountu of Jacob’s family line.
3 Now Israelb loved Joseph more than any of his other sons,c because he had been born to him in his old age;d and he made an ornatea robee for him.f 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated himg and could not speak a kind word to him.
5 Joseph had a dream,h and when he told it to his brothers,i they hated him all the more.j 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheavesk of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”l
10 When he told his father as well as his brothers,r his father rebukeds him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?”t 11 His brothers were jealous of him,u but his father kept the matter in mind.v
12 Now his brothers had gone to graze their father’s flocks near Shechem,w 13 and Israelx said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem.y Come, I am going to send you to them.”
“Very well,” he replied.
17 “They have moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.b’ ”
So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. 18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.c
19 “Here comes that dreamer!d” they said to each other. 20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisternse and say that a ferocious animalf devoured him.g Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”h
21 When Reubeni heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said.j 22 “Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cisternk here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.l
23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robem he was wearing—24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern.n The cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
25 As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaeliteso coming from Gilead.p Their camels were loaded with spices, balmq and myrrh,r and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.s
26 Judaht said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?u 27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother,v our own flesh and blood.w” His brothers agreed.
31 Then they got Joseph’s robe,f slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.g 32 They took the ornate robeh back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.”
34 Then Jacob tore his clothes,k put on sackclothl and mourned for his son many days.m 35 All his sons and daughters came to comfort him,n but he refused to be comforted.o “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my sonp in the grave.q” So his father wept for him.
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