Genesis 37:16
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New International Version
He replied, "I'm looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?"

New Living Translation
"I'm looking for my brothers," Joseph replied. "Do you know where they are pasturing their sheep?"

English Standard Version
“I am seeking my brothers,” he said. “Tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.”

Berean Study Bible
“I am looking for my brothers,” Joseph replied. “Can you please tell me where they are pasturing their flocks?”

New American Standard Bible
He said, "I am looking for my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing the flock."

King James Bible
And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

Christian Standard Bible
"I'm looking for my brothers," Joseph said. "Can you tell me where they are pasturing their flocks?"

Contemporary English Version
Joseph answered, "I'm looking for my brothers who are watching the sheep. Can you tell me where they are?"

Good News Translation
"I am looking for my brothers, who are taking care of their flock," he answered. "Can you tell me where they are?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I'm looking for my brothers," Joseph said. "Can you tell me where they are pasturing their flocks?""

International Standard Version
"I'm searching for my brothers," he responded. "Tell me, where are they tending the flock?"

NET Bible
He replied, "I'm looking for my brothers. Please tell me where they are grazing their flocks."

New Heart English Bible
He said, "I am looking for my brothers. Tell me, please, where they are feeding the flock."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Joseph replied, "I'm looking for my brothers. Please tell me where they're taking care of their flocks."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he said: 'I seek my brethren. Tell me, I pray thee, where they are feeding the flock.'

New American Standard 1977
And he said, “I am looking for my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing the flock.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said, I seek my brethren; tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, I seek my brothers: tell me, I pray you, where they feed their flocks.

American King James Version
And he said, I seek my brothers: tell me, I pray you, where they feed their flocks.

American Standard Version
And he said, I am seeking my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they are feeding the flock .

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he answered: I seek my brethren; tell me where they feed the docks.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, I am seeking my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed [their flocks].

English Revised Version
And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they are feeding the flock.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

World English Bible
He said, "I am looking for my brothers. Tell me, please, where they are feeding the flock."

Young's Literal Translation
and he saith, 'My brethren I am seeking, declare to me, I pray thee, where they are feeding?'
Study Bible
Joseph Sold by His Brothers
15a man found him wandering in the field and asked, “What are you looking for?” 16“I am looking for my brothers,” Joseph replied. “Can you please tell me where they are pasturing their flocks?” 17“They have moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph set out after his brothers and found them at Dothan.…
Cross References
Genesis 37:15
a man found him wandering in the field and asked, "What are you looking for?"

Genesis 37:17
"They have moved on from here," the man answered. "I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.'" So Joseph set out after his brothers and found them at Dothan.

Treasury of Scripture

And he said, I seek my brothers: tell me, I pray you, where they feed their flocks.

seek.

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

tell me.

Songs 1:7 Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, where you feed, where you make …

And he said, I seek my brethren,.... Whom, no doubt, he described to the man, and told him who they were, and to whom they belonged; or otherwise the man would have been at a loss to know who he meant, and what further to say to him, and without which Joseph would never have made the following request to him:

tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks; in what part of the country they are, what field they are in, how far to it, and which the way. 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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