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Genesis 37:3–24

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Genesis 37

3Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors.
4But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.
5Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more.
6He said to them, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed:
7Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.”
8His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
9Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
10But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?”
11And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.
12Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem.
13And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” And he said to him, “Here I am.”
14So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock, and bring me word.” So he sent him from the Valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
15And a man found him wandering in the fields. And the man asked him, “What are you seeking?”
16“I am seeking my brothers,” he said. “Tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.”
17And the man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’ ” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.
18They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him.
19They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer.
20Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams.”
21But when Reuben heard it, he rescued him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.”
22And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hand to restore him to his father.
23So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore.
24And they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.