Genesis 37:21
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New International Version
When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. "Let's not take his life," he said.

New Living Translation
But when Reuben heard of their scheme, he came to Joseph's rescue. "Let's not kill him," he said.

English Standard Version
But when Reuben heard it, he rescued him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.”

Berean Study Bible
When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue Joseph from their hands. “Let us not take his life,” he said.

New American Standard Bible
But Reuben heard this and rescued him out of their hands and said, "Let us not take his life."

King James Bible
And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

Christian Standard Bible
When Reuben heard this, he tried to save him from them. He said, "Let's not take his life."

Contemporary English Version
Reuben heard this and tried to protect Joseph from them. "Let's not kill him," he said.

Good News Translation
Reuben heard them and tried to save Joseph. "Let's not kill him," he said.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Reuben heard this, he tried to save him from them. He said, "Let's not take his life."

International Standard Version
When Reuben heard about it, he tried to save Joseph from their plot. "Let's not do any killing,"

NET Bible
When Reuben heard this, he rescued Joseph from their hands, saying, "Let's not take his life!"

New Heart English Bible
Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand, and said, "Let's not take his life."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Reuben heard this, he tried to save Joseph from their plot. "Let's not kill him," he said.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand; and said: 'Let us not take his life.'

New American Standard 1977
But Reuben heard this and rescued him out of their hands and said, “Let us not take his life.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
When Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands and said, Let us not kill him.

King James 2000 Bible
And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

American King James Version
And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

American Standard Version
And Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand, and said, Let us not take his life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Ruben hearing this, endeavoured to deliver him out of their hands, end said:

Darby Bible Translation
And Reuben heard [it], and delivered him out of their hand, and said, Let us not take his life.

English Revised Version
And Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand; and said, Let us not take his life.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him from their hands: and said, Let us not kill him.

World English Bible
Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand, and said, "Let's not take his life."

Young's Literal Translation
And Reuben heareth, and delivereth him out of their hand, and saith, 'Let us not smite the life;'
Study Bible
Joseph Sold by His Brothers
20“Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. We can say that a vicious animal has devoured him. Then we shall see what becomes of his dreams!” 21When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue Joseph from their hands. “Let us not take his life,” he said. 22“Do not shed his blood. Throw him into this pit in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this so that he could rescue Joseph from their hands and return him to his father.…
Cross References
Genesis 37:22
"Do not shed his blood. Throw him into this pit in the wilderness, but do not lay a hand on him." Reuben said this so that he could rescue Joseph from their hands and return him to his father.

Genesis 42:22
But Reuben replied: "Didn't I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you would not listen. Now we must account for his blood!"

Treasury of Scripture

And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

Reuben heard.

Genesis 35:22 And it came to pass, when Israel dwelled in that land, that Reuben …

Genesis 42:22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spoke I not to you, saying, Do …

not kill him. Heb. {nephesh.}

Joshua 10:28 And that day Joshua took Makkedah, and smote it with the edge of …

Genesis 9:5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of …

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul…

Verses 21, 22. - And Reuben (the eldest son, and therefore probably regarding himself as in some degree responsible for Joseph's safety) heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him - literally, Let us not destroy his life (nephesh). And Reuben said (further) unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness (i.e. into a dry pit that was near), and lay no hand upon him; that (the adverb indicates the purpose Reuben had in view) he might rid him (translated above deliver him) out of their hands, to deliver him (or, more correctly, to return him) to his father again. And Reuben heard it,.... Overheard what they said, not being in the consultation; perhaps knowing his temper and disposition to be more mild and gentle, and being the elder brother, might fear he would overrule matters against them, and therefore Simeon and Levi did not choose to have him in the debate; or he might be at some distance and entirely absent when the consultation was held, and their intention was reported to him by some of them:

and he delivered him out of their hands; from slaying him; that is, he endeavoured to do it by proposing another scheme:

and said, let us not kill him; or let us not smite the soul (t); the dear soul, or take away life.

(t) "ne percutiamus vel occidamus animam", Sam. Ar. Syr. 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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