Genesis 37:15
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New International Version
a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, "What are you looking for?"

New Living Translation
When he arrived there, a man from the area noticed him wandering around the countryside. "What are you looking for?" he asked.

English Standard Version
And a man found him wandering in the fields. And the man asked him, “What are you seeking?”

New American Standard Bible
A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, "What are you looking for?"

King James Bible
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man found him there, wandering in the field, and asked him, "What are you looking for?""

International Standard Version
a man found him wandering around in a field. So the man asked him, "What are you looking for?"

NET Bible
When Joseph reached Shechem, a man found him wandering in the field, so the man asked him, "What are you looking for?"

New Heart English Bible
A certain man found him, and look, he was wandering in the field. The man asked him, "What are you looking for?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
a man found him wandering around in the open country. "What are you looking for?" the man asked.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying: 'What seekest thou?'

New American Standard 1977
And a man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, “What are you looking for?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

King James 2000 Bible
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seek you?

American King James Version
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seek you?

American Standard Version
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And a man found him there wandering in the field, and asked what he sought.

Darby Bible Translation
And a man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the country; and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

English Revised Version
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

Webster's Bible Translation
And a certain man found him, and behold he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

World English Bible
A certain man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field. The man asked him, "What are you looking for?"

Young's Literal Translation
And a man findeth him, and lo, he is wandering in the field, and the man asketh him, saying, 'What seekest thou?'
Study Bible
Joseph Sold by his Brothers
14Then he said to him, "Go now and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me." So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. 15A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, "What are you looking for?" 16He said, "I am looking for my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing the flock."…
Cross References
Genesis 37:14
Then he said to him, "Go now and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me." So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

Genesis 37:16
He said, "I am looking for my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing the flock."
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Verses 15, 16. - And a certain man (or simply a man) found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field (obviously seeking some thing or person): and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? And he said, I seek my brethren: - or, more emphatically, My Brethren I (sc. am) seeking - tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks - or, Where (are) they shepherding? And a certain man found him,.... Many of the Jewish writers (l) say, this was an angel, the angel Gabriel, in the likeness of a man; but according to Aben Ezra, it was a traveller he met on the road; but it is more probable, as Schimidt observes, that it was some man at work in the field that came upon him and took notice of him:

and, behold, he was wandering in the field; in some field near Shechem, perhaps the same his father Jacob had purchased, and where he expected to have found his brethren, and was looking out for them, going to and fro in search of them; which the labouring man in the field observed:

and the man asked him, saying, what seekest thou? seeing him walking about, and first looking one way, and then another, concluded he was in search of something, either of some man or of some creature, a sheep or an ox that was lost; and therefore put this question to him, with a view to give him what direction and assistance he could.

(l) Pirke Eliezer, c. 38. Targum Jon. & Jarchi in loc. 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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