Genesis 37:12
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New International Version
Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem,

New Living Translation
Soon after this, Joseph's brothers went to pasture their father's flocks at Shechem.

English Standard Version
Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem.

New American Standard Bible
Then his brothers went to pasture their father's flock in Shechem.

King James Bible
And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His brothers had gone to pasture their father's flocks at Shechem.

International Standard Version
Some time later, his brothers left to tend their father's flock in Shechem.

NET Bible
When his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem,

New Heart English Bible
His brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
His brothers had gone to take care of their father's flocks at Shechem.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.

New American Standard 1977
Then his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock in Shechem.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And his brethren went to feed their father's sheep in Shechem.

King James 2000 Bible
And his brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.

American King James Version
And his brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.

American Standard Version
And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when his brethren abode in Sichem feeding their father's docks,

Darby Bible Translation
And his brethren went to feed their father's flock at Shechem.

English Revised Version
And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.

Webster's Bible Translation
And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.

World English Bible
His brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.

Young's Literal Translation
And his brethren go to feed the flock of their father in Shechem,
Study Bible
Joseph Sold by his Brothers
11His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind. 12Then his brothers went to pasture their father's flock in Shechem. 13Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers pasturing the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them." And he said to him, "I will go."…
Cross References
Genesis 37:11
His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.

Genesis 37:13
Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers pasturing the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them." And he said to him, "I will go."

Jeremiah 41:5
that eighty men came from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria with their beards shaved off and their clothes torn and their bodies gashed, having grain offerings and incense in their hands to bring to the house of the LORD.
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And his brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.

in Shechem.

Genesis 37:1 And Jacob dwelled in the land wherein his father was a stranger, …

Genesis 33:18 And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land …

Genesis 34:25-31 And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two …

(12) Shechem.--Jacob's sons seem to have retained Shechem, by right of their high-handed proceedings. related in Genesis 34:27-29. By seizing the "tafs" of the Shechemites, Simeon and Levi must have added. large numbers of grown men to the roll of their retainers; and after accustoming them to their service. they would have become powerful enough to resist any attacks of the natives. (See Genesis 34:29, and Note on Genesis 17:13). But it gives us a great idea of Jacob's wealth and power, that while dwelling a little to the north of Hebron, he should send part of his. cattle so far away as to Shechem, a distance of sixty miles.

Verse 12. - And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem - i.e. the modern Nablous, in the plain of Muknah, which belonged to Jacob partly by purchase and partly by conquest (vide Genesis 33:19; 34:27). Shechem was at a considerable distance from the vale of Hebron, where the patriarchal family at this time resided. And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. Very probably some considerable time after the telling of the above dreams; it was usual to remove flocks from place to place for the sake of pasturage; and sometimes at a great distance, as Shechem was from Hebron, where Jacob now dwelt, said (i) to be about sixty miles; but this is not so much to be marvelled at as the place itself, whither they went, for though Jacob had bought a parcel of a field in this place, Genesis 33:19; which might be a reason for their going thither to feed their father's flocks in his own field; yet it was the place where they had committed a most outrageous action in destroying all, the males there, and therefore might fear the inhabitants of the neighbouring cities would rise upon them and cut them off.

(i) Bunting's Travels, p. 79. Ainsworth in loc. 12. his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem—The vale of Shechem was, from the earliest mention of Canaan, blest with extraordinary abundance of water. Therefore did the sons of Jacob go from Hebron to this place, though it must have cost them near twenty hours' travelling—that is, at the shepherd rate, a little more than fifty miles. But the herbage there was so rich and nutritious that they thought it well worth the pains of so long a journey, to the neglect of the grazing district of Hebron [Van De Velde].37:12-22 How readily does Joseph wait his father's orders! Those children who are best beloved by their parents, should be the most ready to obey them. See how deliberate Joseph's brethren were against him. They thought to slay him from malice aforethought, and in cold blood. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer, 1Jo 3:15. The sons of Jacob hated their brother because their father loved him. New occasions, as his dreams and the like, drew them on further; but this laid rankling in their hearts, till they resolved on his death. God has all hearts in his hands. Reuben had most reason to be jealous of Joseph, for he was the first-born; yet he proves his best friend. God overruled all to serve his own purpose, of making Joseph an instrument to save much people alive. Joseph was a type of Christ; for though he was the beloved Son of his Father, and hated by a wicked world, yet the Father sent him out of his bosom to visit us in great humility and love. He came from heaven to earth to seek and save us; yet then malicious plots were laid against him. His own not only received him not, but crucified him. This he submitted to, as a part of his design to redeem and save us.
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