wilderness, but do not touch him yourselves” – intending to savehim from them and restore him to his father. When Joseph came tohis brothers, they stripped him of his tunic, the ornamented tunicthat he was wearing and took him and cast him into the pit. The pitwas empty and there was no water in it.
Then they sat down to a meal.
(remember this they many yearslater are going to have another meal).
Looking up, they saw acaravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, their camels bearinggum, balm, and ladanum to be taken to Egypt. Then
Judah (noticethe names Rueben & Judah, they play big parts this in thestory, we want to focus on their actions and their years laterresponses.)
said to his brothers, “What do we gain by killing our brother and covering up his blood? Come, let us sell him to theIshmaelites, but let us not do away with him ourselves. After all heis our brother, our own flesh.” His brother agreed. When theMidianite traders passed by, they pulled Joseph out of the pit. Theysold Joseph for twenty pieces of silver (ten less than C
) to theIshmaelites, who brought Joseph to Egypt. When Reuben returnedto the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he rent his clothes.Returning to his brothers, he said, “The boy is gone! Now what amI to do?” Then they took Joseph’s tunic, slaughtered a kid, anddipped the tunic in the blood. They had the ornamented tunic takento their father, and they said, “We found this. Please examine it; isit your son’s tunic or not?” He recognized it, and said, “My son’stunic! A savage beast devoured him! Joseph was torn by a beast!”Jacob rent his clothes, put sackcloth on his loins, and observedmourning for his son many days. All his sons and daughters soughtto comfort him, but he refused to be comforted, saying, “No, I willgo down mourning to my son in Sheol”. Thus his father bewailedhim.Joseph was sold to a courtier of Pharaoh’s court. Now a slave,Joseph gains he prominence in his master’s estate, a few years later gets thrown in prison by the false accusations from his master’swife.