Genesis 37:31
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New International Version
Then they got Joseph's robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.

New Living Translation
Then the brothers killed a young goat and dipped Joseph's robe in its blood.

English Standard Version
Then they took Joseph’s robe and slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.

New American Standard Bible
So they took Joseph's tunic, and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic in the blood;

King James Bible
And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So they took Joseph's robe, slaughtered a young goat, and dipped the robe in its blood.

International Standard Version
So they took Joseph's coat, slaughtered a young goat, and dipped the coat in the blood.

NET Bible
So they took Joseph's tunic, killed a young goat, and dipped the tunic in the blood.

New Heart English Bible
They took Joseph's coat, and killed a male goat, and dipped the coat in the blood.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So they took Joseph's robe, killed a goat, and dipped the robe in the blood.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a he-goat, and dipped the coat in the blood;

New American Standard 1977
So they took Joseph’s tunic, and slaughtered a male goat, and dipped the tunic in the blood;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then they took Joseph's coat and killed a kid of the goats and dipped the coat in the blood;

King James 2000 Bible
And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;

American King James Version
And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;

American Standard Version
And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a he-goat, and dipped the coat in the blood;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they took his coat, and dipped it in the blood of a kid, which they had killed :

Darby Bible Translation
And they took Joseph's vest, and slaughtered a buck of the goats, and dipped the vest in the blood;

English Revised Version
And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a he-goat, and dipped the coat in the blood;

Webster's Bible Translation
And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood:

World English Bible
They took Joseph's coat, and killed a male goat, and dipped the coat in the blood.

Young's Literal Translation
And they take the coat of Joseph, and slaughter a kid of the goats, and dip the coat in the blood,
Study Bible
Jacob Mourns Joseph
30He returned to his brothers and said, "The boy is not there; as for me, where am I to go?" 31So they took Joseph's tunic, and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic in the blood; 32and they sent the varicolored tunic and brought it to their father and said, "We found this; please examine it to see whether it is your son's tunic or not."…
Cross References
Genesis 37:3
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic.

Genesis 37:23
So it came about, when Joseph reached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the varicolored tunic that was on him;

Genesis 37:32
and they sent the varicolored tunic and brought it to their father and said, "We found this; please examine it to see whether it is your son's tunic or not."

Genesis 44:28
and the one went out from me, and I said, "Surely he is torn in pieces," and I have not seen him since.

Genesis 45:26
They told him, saying, "Joseph is still alive, and indeed he is ruler over all the land of Egypt." But he was stunned, for he did not believe them.
Treasury of Scripture

And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;

Genesis 37:3,23 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was …

Proverbs 28:13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoever confesses …

(31) A kid of the goats.--Heb., a full grown he-goat. Maimonides thinks that the reason why he-goats were so often used as sin-offerings under the Levitical law was to remind the Israelites of this great sin committed by their patriarchs.

Verses 31, 32. - And they - i.e. Joseph's Brethren, including Reuben, to whom manifestly the matter had been explained (Candlish thinks Reuben may have been deceived by his brethren), and who wanted the courage either to expose their wickedness or to dissent from their device for deceiving Jacob - took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, - more correctly, a he-goat of the goats, since the name of goat seems to have belonged in a wider sense to other animals also (Gesenius); usually understood to mean the somewhat older he-goat which was used as a sin offering - Leviticus 16:9; Leviticus 23:19; Numbers 7:16; Numbers 15:24 (Furst) - and dipped the coat in the blood; and they sent the coat of many colors (vide on ver. 3), and they brought it (or caused it to be brought by the hands of a servant) to their father, and said (of course by the lips of the messenger), This have we found: know now whether it be thy son's coat or no. Either Jacob's sons had not the fortitude to witness the first outburst of his grief, or they had not the effrontery requisite to carry through their scheme in their own persons, and were accordingly obliged to employ another, probably a slave, to carry home the bloody coat to Jacob in Hebron. And they took Joseph's coat,.... After they had told Reuben what they had done with him, who being willing to make the best of things as it was, joined with them in the following scheme: by this it appears, that when they took Joseph out of the pit they did not put his coat on him, but sold him naked, or almost so, to the merchants:

and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood; that being, as the Targum of Jonathan and Jarchi observe, most like to human blood. 31-33. they took Joseph's coat—The commission of one sin necessarily leads to another to conceal it; and the scheme of deception which the sons of Jacob planned and practised on their aged father was a necessary consequence of the atrocious crime they had perpetrated. What a wonder that their cruel sneer, "thy son's coat," and their forced efforts to comfort him, did not awaken suspicion! But extreme grief, like every other passion, is blind, and Jacob, great as his affliction was, did allow himself to indulge his sorrow more than became one who believed in the government of a supreme and all-wise Disposer.37:31-36 When Satan has taught men to commit one sin, he teaches them to try to conceal it with another; to hide theft and murder, with lying and false oaths: but he that covers his sin shall not prosper long. Joseph's brethren kept their own and one another's counsel for some time; but their villany came to light at last, and it is here published to the world. To grieve their father, they sent him Joseph's coat of colours; and he hastily thought, on seeing the bloody coat, that Joseph was rent in pieces. Let those that know the heart of a parent, suppose the agony of poor Jacob. His sons basely pretended to comfort him, but miserable, hypocritical comforters were they all. Had they really desired to comfort him, they might at once have done it, by telling the truth. The heart is strangely hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Jacob refused to be comforted. Great affection to any creature prepares for so much the greater affliction, when it is taken from us, or made bitter to us: undue love commonly ends in undue grief. It is the wisdom of parents not to bring up children delicately, they know not to what hardships they may be brought before they die. From the whole of this chapter we see with wonder the ways of Providence. The malignant brothers seem to have gotten their ends; the merchants, who care not what they deal in so that they gain, have also obtained theirs; and Potiphar, having got a fine young slave, has obtained his! But God's designs are, by these means, in train for execution. This event shall end in Israel's going down to Egypt; that ends in their deliverance by Moses; that in setting up the true religion in the world; and that in the spread of it among all nations by the gospel. Thus the wrath of man shall praise the Lord, and the remainder thereof will he restrain.
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