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Weekly Bible Commentary 4-22


By Wes Woodard

Genesis 37 – “Joseph Sold into Slavery”

Jacob (Israel) sent Joseph to check on his brothers. When he found them they plotted against him and threw him into a shallow pit (hole). Then a caravan of Ishmaelites approached heading toward Egypt. They quickly decided to sell him to these traders.

They probably thought they were rid of him forever. They took his multi-colored robe, killed a young goat; put the goat’s blood on the robe, and took it to their father. Jacob reasoned that a wild animal had killed Joseph. He mourned and thought he would never see Joseph again in this life.

In the last verse of this chapter, it reads: “Meanwhile, the traders sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, the Captain of Pharaoh’s Bodyguards.”

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