Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
1 JacobA settledB in the land where his father had lived as an alien,C the land of Canaan.D 2 This is the story of the familyE of Jacob.
Joseph,F being seventeen years old, was shepherdingG the flockH with his brothers;
he was a helperI to the sons of BilhahJ and Zilpah,K his father’s wives;L and Joseph brought a badM reportN of them to their father.
3 Now IsraelO loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age;P and he had made him a long robeQ with sleeves.R 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hatedS him, and could not speakT peaceablyU to him.
12 Now his brothers went to pastureV their father’s flock near Shechem.W 13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.”
He answered, “Here I am.”X
14 So he said to him, “Go now,Y see if it is wellZ with your brothers and with the flock; and bring wordAA backBB to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron.CC
He came to Shechem, 15 and a manDD foundEE himFF wanderingGG in the fields; the man askedHH him, “What are you seeking?”II
16 “I am seeking my brothers,” he said; “tellJJ me, please,KK where they are pasturing the flock.”
17 The manLL said, “They have gone away,MM for I heardNN them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’”OO
So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. 18 They saw him from a distance, and before he came nearPP to them, they conspiredQQ to kill him. 19 They said to one another,RR “Here comes thisSS dreamer.TT
20 Come now, let us killUU him and throwVV him into one of the pits;WW then we shall say that a wildXX animalYY has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.”
21 But when ReubenZZ heard it, he deliveredAAA him out of their hands,BBB saying, “Let us not takeCCC his life.”DDD
22 Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood;EEE throw him into this pit here in the wilderness,FFF but lay no hand on him”—that he might rescueGGG him out of their hand and restoreHHH him to his father.
23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they strippedIII him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; 24 and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty;JJJ there was no water in it.
25 Then they sat downKKK to eat;LLL and looking upMMM they sawNNN a caravanOOO of IshmaelitesPPP coming from Gilead,QQQ
with their camelsRRR carrying gum,SSS balm,TTT and resin,UUU on their way to carry it down to Egypt.VVV
26 Then JudahWWW said to his brothers, “What profitXXX is it if we killYYY our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come, let us sellZZZ him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.”AAAA And his brothers agreed. BBBB
28 When some MidianiteCCCC tradersDDDD passed by,EEEE they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver.FFFF And they took Joseph to Egypt.
Image credit: “Story of Joseph” by John August Swanson, 2005.