1 JacobI settledII in the landIII
where his fatherIV had lived as an alien,V the land of Canaan.VI 2 This is the story of the familyVII of Jacob.
Joseph,VIII being seventeenIX years old,X wasXI shepherdingXII the flockXIII with his brothers;XIV
he was a helperXV to the sonsXVI of BilhahXVII andXVIII Zilpah,XIX his father’s wives;XX
and Joseph broughtXXI a badXXII reportXXIII of them to their father.
3 Now IsraelXXIV lovedXXV Joseph more than any other of his children,XXVI because he was the son of his old age;XXVII
and he had madeXXVIII him a long robeXXIX with sleeves.XXX
4 But when his brothers sawXXXI that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hatedXXXII him, and couldXXXIII not speakXXXIV peaceablyXXXV to him.
5 Once Joseph hadXXXVI a dream,XXXVII and when he toldXXXVIII it to his brothers, they hated him even more.XXXIX
6 He said to them, “ListenXL, XLI to this dream that I dreamed.XLII
7 XLIIIThere we were, bindingXLIV sheavesXLV in the field.XLVI
SuddenlyXLVII my sheaf roseXLVIII and stood upright;XLIX thenL your sheaves gathered aroundLI it, and bowed downLII to my sheaf.”
8 His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reignLIII over us? Are you indeed to have dominionLIV over us?” SoLV they hated him even more because of his dreams and his words.LVI
9 He had another dream, and toldLVII it to his brothers, saying, “Look,LVIII I have had another dream:LIX
the sun,LX the moon,LXI and elevenLXII starsLXIII were bowing down to me.”
10 But when he toldLXIV it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebukedLXV him, and said to him, “What kind of dream is this that you have had? Shall we indeed come,LXVI I and your motherLXVII and your brothers, and bow to the groundLXVIII before you?”
11 So his brothers were jealousLXIX of him, but his father keptLXX the matterLXXI in mind.
12 Now his brothers wentLXXII to pastureLXXIII their father’s flock near Shechem.LXXIV 13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will sendLXXV you to them.”
He answered, “Here I am.”LXXVI
14 So he said to him, “Go now,LXXVII see if it is wellLXXVIII with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word backLXXIX to me.” So he sent him from the valleyLXXX of Hebron.LXXXI
He came to Shechem, 15 and a manLXXXII foundLXXXIII himLXXXIV wanderingLXXXV in the fields; the man askedLXXXVI him, “What are you seeking?”LXXXVII
16 “I am seeking my brothers,” he said; “tell me, please,LXXXVIII where they are pasturing the flock.”
17 The manLXXXIX said, “They have gone away,XC for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’”XCI So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan.
18 They saw him from a distance,XCII and before he came nearXCIII to them, they conspiredXCIV to killXCV him.
19 They said to oneXCVI another,XCVII “Here comes thisXCVIII dreamer.
20 Come now, let us killXCIX him and throwC him into oneCI of the pits;CII
then we shall say that a wildCIII animalCIV has devouredCV him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.”
21 But when ReubenCVI heard it, he deliveredCVII him out of their hands,CVIII saying, “Let us not takeCIX his life.”CX
22 Reuben said to them, “ShedCXI no blood;CXII throw him into this pit here in the wilderness,CXIII but lay no hand on him”—that he might rescueCXIV him out of their hand and restoreCXV him to his father.
23 SoCXVI when Joseph came to his brothers, they strippedCXVII him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; 24 and they tookCXVIII him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty;CXIX there was no waterCXX in it.
25 Then they sat downCXXI to eat;CXXII, CXXIII
and looking upCXXIV they sawCXXV a caravanCXXVI of IshmaelitesCXXVII coming from Gilead,CXXVIII
with their camelsCXXIX carryingCXXX gum,CXXXI balm,CXXXII and resin,CXXXIII
on their wayCXXXIV to carry it downCXXXV to Egypt.CXXXVI
26 Then JudahCXXXVII said to his brothers, “What profitCXXXVIII is it if we killCXXXIX our brother and concealCXL his blood?
27 Come, let us sellCXLI him to the Ishmaelites, and not layCXLII our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.”CXLIII And his brothers agreed.CXLIV
28 When someCXLV MidianiteCXLVI tradersCXLVII passed by,CXLVIII
they drewCXLIX Joseph up, liftingCL him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twentyCLI pieces of silver.CLII And they tookCLIII Joseph to Egypt.
29 When Reuben returnedCLIV to the pit andCLV saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he toreCLVI his clothes.CLVII
30 He returned to his brothers, and said, “The boyCLVIII is gone; and I, where can I turn?”CLIX 31 Then they took Joseph’s robe, slaughteredCLX a goat,CLXI and dippedCLXII the robe in the blood.
32 They had the long robe with sleeves takenCLXIII to their father, and they said, “This we have found; seeCLXIV nowCLXV whether it is your son’s robe or not.”
33 He recognizedCLXVI it, and said, “It is my son’s robe! A wild animal has devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.”CLXVII 34 Then Jacob tore his garments,CLXVIII
and putCLXIX sackclothCLXX on his loins,CLXXI and mournedCLXXII for his son manyCLXXIII days.
35 All his sons and all his daughtersCLXXIV soughtCLXXV to comfortCLXXVI him; but he refused to be comforted,
and said, “No, I shall go downCLXXVII to SheolCLXXVIII to my son, mourning.”CLXXIX Thus his father bewailedCLXXX him.
36 Meanwhile the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar,CLXXXI one of Pharaoh’sCLXXXII officials,CLXXXIII the captainCLXXXIV of the guard.CLXXXV
Image credit: “Jacob and Joseph’s Coat” by Ford Madox Brown, from 1868 until 1871.