Genesis 37:29
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New International Version
When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.

New Living Translation
Some time later, Reuben returned to get Joseph out of the cistern. When he discovered that Joseph was missing, he tore his clothes in grief.

English Standard Version
When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes

New American Standard Bible
Now Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph was not in the pit; so he tore his garments.

King James Bible
And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.

International Standard Version
Later, when Reuben returned to the cistern, Joseph wasn't there! In mounting panic, he tore his clothes,

NET Bible
Later Reuben returned to the cistern to find that Joseph was not in it! He tore his clothes,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Reuben came back to the cistern and saw that Joseph was no longer there, he tore his clothes in grief.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Reuben returned unto the cistern; and, behold, Joseph was not inside, and he rent his clothes.

King James 2000 Bible
And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he tore his clothes.

American King James Version
And Reuben returned to the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

American Standard Version
And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Ruben, returning to the pit, found not the boy:

Darby Bible Translation
And Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph [was] not in the pit; and he rent his garments,

English Revised Version
And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Reuben returned to the pit; and behold, Joseph was not in the pit: and he rent his clothes.

World English Bible
Reuben returned to the pit; and saw that Joseph wasn't in the pit; and he tore his clothes.

Young's Literal Translation
And Reuben returneth unto the pit, and lo, Joseph is not in the pit, and he rendeth his garments,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

37:23-30 They threw Joseph into a pit, to perish there with hunger and cold; so cruel were their tender mercies. They slighted him when he was in distress, and were not grieved for the affliction of Joseph, see Am 6:6; for when he was pining in the pit, they sat down to eat bread. They felt no remorse of conscience for the sin. But the wrath of man shall praise God, and the remainder of wrath he will restrain, Ps 76:10. Joseph's brethren were wonderfully restrained from murdering him, and their selling him as wonderfully turned to God's praise.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 29, 30. - And Reuben (in whose absence apparently the scheme of sale had been concocted and carried through) returned to the pit (obviously with a view to deliver Joseph); and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes - a token of his mingled grief and horror at the discovery (cf. ver. 34; 44:13; 2 Samuel 13:31; 2 Kings 18:37; Job 1:20). And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child (or young man, as in Genesis 4:23, where יֶלֶד in the one hemistich is equivalent to אִישׁ in the other) is not; and I, whither shall I go - i.e. however shall I account for his disappearance?

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Reuben returned unto the pit,.... It is very probable he had pretended to go somewhere on business, with an intention to take a circuit, and come to the pit and deliver his brother, and go home with him to his father. The Jews say (b) he departed from his brethren, and sat down on a certain mountain, that he might descend in the night and take Joseph out of the pit, and accordingly he came down in the night, and found him not. So Josephus (c) says, it was in the night when Reuben came to the pit, who calling to Joseph, and he not answering, suspected he was killed:

and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; for neither by looking down into it could he see him, nor by calling be answered by him, which made it a clear case to him he was not there:

and he rent his clothes; as a token of distress and anguish of mind, of sorrow and mourning, as was usual in such cases; Jacob afterwards did the same, Genesis 37:34.

(b) Pirke Eliezer, ut supra. (c. 38.) (c) Antiqu. l. 2. c. 3. sect. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29, 30. Reuben returned unto the pit—He seems to have designedly taken a circuitous route, with a view of secretly rescuing the poor lad from a lingering death by starvation. His intentions were excellent, and his feelings no doubt painfully lacerated when he discovered what had been done in his absence. But the thing was of God, who had designed that Joseph's deliverance should be accomplished by other means than his.

Genesis 37:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Joseph Sold by his Brothers
28Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt. 29Now Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph was not in the pit; so he tore his garments. 30He returned to his brothers and said, "The boy is not there; as for me, where am I to go?"
Cross References
Genesis 37:34
Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days.

Genesis 44:13
At this, they tore their clothes. Then they all loaded their donkeys and returned to the city.

2 Samuel 1:11
Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them.

2 Samuel 13:19
Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the ornate robe she was wearing. She put her hands on her head and went away, weeping aloud as she went.

2 Kings 5:7
As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, "Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!"

2 Kings 11:14
She looked and there was the king, standing by the pillar, as the custom was. The officers and the trumpeters were beside the king, and all the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets. Then Athaliah tore her robes and called out, "Treason! Treason!"

Job 1:20
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship

Jeremiah 36:24
The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes.
Treasury of Scripture

And Reuben returned to the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

he rent.

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Numbers 14:6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which …

Judges 11:35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and …

2 Kings 19:1 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his …

Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell …

Joel 2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn to the LORD …

Acts 14:14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their …

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