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Book of Genesis  Chapter 37

Joseph sold into slavery

GENESIS 37:1  And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the  land of Canaan.

GENESIS 37:2  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.

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 37:5  And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they  hated him yet the more.

GENESIS 37:6  And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have  dreamed:

GENESIS 37:7  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.

GENESIS 37:8  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.

GENESIS 37:9  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.

GENESIS 37:10  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?

GENESIS 37:11  And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

GENESIS 37:12  And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.

GENESIS 37:13  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.

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 37:15  And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the  field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

GENESIS 37:16  And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they  feed their flocks.

GENESIS 37:17  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.

GENESIS 37:18  And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto  them, they conspired against him to slay him.

GENESIS 37:19  And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.

GENESIS 37:20  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.

GENESIS 37:21  And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and  said, Let us not kill him.

GENESIS 37:22  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.

GENESIS 37:23  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;

GENESIS 37:24  And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was  empty, there was no water in it.

GENESIS 37:25  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.

GENESIS 37:26  And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our  brother, and conceal his blood?

GENESIS 37:27  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.

GENESIS 37:28  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.

GENESIS 37:29  And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the  pit; and he rent his clothes.

GENESIS 37:30  And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and  I, whither shall I go?

GENESIS 37:31  And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and  dipped the coat in the blood;

GENESIS 37:32  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.

GENESIS 37:33  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.

GENESIS 37:34  And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and  mourned for his son many days.

GENESIS 37:35  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.

GENESIS 37:36  And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of  Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.  

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