Genesis 37:24-36 Bible in Basic English

24  And they took him and put him in the hole: now the hole had no water in it. 25  Then seating themselves, they took their meal: and looking up, they saw a travelling band of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead on their way to Egypt, with spices and perfumes on their camels. 26  And Judah said to his brothers, What profit is there in putting our brother to death and covering up his blood? 27  Let us give him to these Ishmaelites for a price, and let us not put violent hands on him, for he is our brother, our flesh. And his brothers gave ear to him. 28  And some traders from Midian went by; so pulling Joseph up out of the hole, they gave him to the Ishmaelites for twenty bits of silver, and they took him to Egypt. 29  Now when Reuben came back to the hole, Joseph was not there; and giving signs of grief, 30  He went back to his brothers, and said, The child is gone; what am I to do?

31  Then they took Joseph's coat, and put on it some of the blood from a young goat which they had put to death, 32  And they took the coat to their father, and said, We came across this; is it your son's coat or not? 33  And he saw that it was, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast has put him to death; without doubt Joseph has come to a cruel end. 34  Then Jacob, giving signs of grief, put on haircloth, and went on weeping for his son day after day. 35  And all his sons and all his daughters came to give him comfort, but he would not be comforted, saying with weeping, I will go down to the underworld to my son. So great was his father's sorrow for him. 36  And in Egypt the men of Midian gave him for a price to Potiphar, a captain of high position in Pharaoh's house.

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