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Genesis 37:29-30

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37:29 Later Reuben returned to the cistern to find that Joseph was not in it! 1  He tore his clothes, 37:30 returned to his brothers, and said, “The boy isn’t there! And I, where can I go?”

Genesis 37:34-35

Context
37:34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth, 2  and mourned for his son many days. 37:35 All his sons and daughters stood by 3  him to console him, but he refused to be consoled. “No,” he said, “I will go to the grave mourning my son.” 4  So Joseph’s 5  father wept for him.

1 tn Heb “and look, Joseph was not in the cistern.” By the use of וְהִנֵּה (vÿhinneh, “and look”), the narrator invites the reader to see the situation through Reuben’s eyes.

2 tn Heb “and put sackcloth on his loins.”

3 tn Heb “arose, stood”; which here suggests that they stood by him in his time of grief.

4 tn Heb “and he said, ‘Indeed I will go down to my son mourning to Sheol.’” Sheol was viewed as the place where departed spirits went after death.

5 tn Heb “his”; the referent (Joseph) has been specified in the translation for clarity.



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