1 And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father
was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.
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.
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 colors.
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.
5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his
brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream
which I have dreamed:
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.
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
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.
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
11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed
Joseph Sold by His
12 And his brethren went to feed their father's
flock in Shechem.
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.
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.
15 And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was
wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?
16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray
thee, where they feed their flocks.
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.
18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came
near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer
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
21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of
their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.
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.
23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his
brethren, that they stripped Joseph out of his coat, his
coat of many colors that was on him;
24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the
pit was empty, there was no water in it.
25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up
their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmaelites
came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm
and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it
if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let
not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our
flesh. And his brethren were content.
28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they
drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to
the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they
brought Joseph into Egypt.
29 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph
was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The
child is not; and I, whither shall I go?
31 And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the
goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
32 And they sent the coat of many colors, and they
brought it to their father; and said, This have we found:
know now whether it be thy son's coat or no.
33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an
evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent
34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon
his loins, and mourned for his son many days.
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.
36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar,
an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.