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  • "Yes," the man told him, "but they are no longer here. I heard your brothers say they were going to Dothan." So Joseph followed his brothers to Dothan and found them there. - Genesis 37:17

  • When Joseph's brothers saw him coming, they recognized him in the distance and made plans to kill him. - Genesis 37:18

  • But Reuben came to Joseph's rescue. "Let's not kill him," he said. - Genesis 37:21

  • "Why should we shed his blood? Let's just throw him alive into this pit here. That way he will die without our having to touch him." Reuben was secretly planning to help Joseph escape, and then he would bring him back to his father. - Genesis 37:22

  • So when Joseph arrived, they pulled off his beautiful robe - Genesis 37:23

  • Let's sell Joseph to those Ishmaelite traders. Let's not be responsible for his death; after all, he is our brother!" And his brothers agreed. - Genesis 37:27

  • So when the traders* came by, his brothers pulled Joseph out of the pit and sold him for twenty pieces* of silver, and the Ishmaelite traders took him along to Egypt.2 - Genesis 37:28

  • Some time later, Reuben returned to get Joseph out of the pit. When he discovered that Joseph was missing, he tore his clothes in anguish and frustration. - Genesis 37:29

  • Then Joseph's brothers killed a goat and dipped the robe in its blood. - Genesis 37:31

  • They took the beautiful robe to their father and asked him to identify it. "We found this in the field," they told him. "It's Joseph's robe, isn't it?" - Genesis 37:32

  • Their father recognized it at once. "Yes," he said, "it is my son's robe. A wild animal has attacked and eaten him. Surely Joseph has been torn in pieces!" - Genesis 37:33

  • Meanwhile, in Egypt, the traders sold Joseph to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Potiphar was captain of the palace guard. - Genesis 37:36

  • Now when Joseph arrived in Egypt with the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, a member of the personal staff of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Potiphar was the captain of the palace guard. - Genesis 39:1

  • The LORD was with Joseph and blessed him greatly as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. - Genesis 39:2

  • Potiphar noticed this and realized that the LORD was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. - Genesis 39:3

  • So Joseph naturally became quite a favorite with him. Potiphar soon put Joseph in charge of his entire household and entrusted him with all his business dealings. - Genesis 39:4

  • From the day Joseph was put in charge, the LORD began to bless Potiphar for Joseph's sake. All his household affairs began to run smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. - Genesis 39:5
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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