Genesis 37:4
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New International Version
When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.

New Living Translation
But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn't say a kind word to him.

English Standard Version
But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.

New American Standard Bible
His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they hated him and could not speak to him on friendly terms.

King James Bible
And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not bring themselves to speak peaceably to him.

International Standard Version
When Joseph's brothers realized that their father loved him more than all of his brothers, they hated him so much that they were unable to speak politely to him.

NET Bible
When Joseph's brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated Joseph and were not able to speak to him kindly.

New Heart English Bible
His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, and they hated him, and couldn't speak peaceably to him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Joseph's brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them. They hated Joseph and couldn't speak to him on friendly terms.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

New American Standard 1977
And his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they hated him and could not speak to him on friendly terms.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him and could not speak peaceably unto him.

King James 2000 Bible
And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

American King James Version
And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

American Standard Version
And his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren; and they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And his brethren seeing that he was loved by his father, more than all his sons, hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

Darby Bible Translation
And his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, and they hated him, and could not greet him with friendliness.

English Revised Version
And his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren; and they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

World English Bible
His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, and they hated him, and couldn't speak peaceably to him.

Young's Literal Translation
and his brethren see that their father hath loved him more than any of his brethren, and they hate him, and have not been able to speak to him peaceably.
Study Bible
Joseph's Dreams
3Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic. 4His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they hated him and could not speak to him on friendly terms. 5Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.…
Cross References
Genesis 27:41
So Esau bore a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said to himself, "The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob."

1 Samuel 17:28
Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab's anger burned against David and he said, "Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle."

Jeremiah 12:6
"For even your brothers and the household of your father, Even they have dealt treacherously with you, Even they have cried aloud after you. Do not believe them, although they may say nice things to you."
Treasury of Scripture

And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

hated him.

Genesis 37:5,11,18-24 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brothers: and they …

Genesis 4:5 But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was …

Genesis 27:41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father …

Genesis 49:23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:

1 Samuel 16:12,13 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and with of a …

1 Samuel 17:28 And Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and …

Psalm 38:19 But my enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate …

Psalm 69:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head: …

John 7:3-5 His brothers therefore said to him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, …

John 15:18,19 If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you…

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

1 John 2:11 But he that hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, …

1 John 3:10,12 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the …

1 John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for …

and could not speak peaceably unto him. Or, rather, 'and they could not speak peace to him,' i.e., they would not accost him in a friendly manner: they would not even wish him well, in the eastern mode of salutation of, Peace be to thee! It is not an unusual thing for an Arab or Turk to hesitate to return the {sal?m}, if given by a Christian, or by one of whom he has not a favourable opinion; and this may always be considered as an act of hostility.

Verse 4. - And when (literally, and) his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they (literally, and they) hated him, - as Esau hated Jacob (Genesis 27:41; cf. Genesis 49:23) - and could not speak peaceably unto him - literally, they were not able to speak of him for peace, L e. they could not address him in such a way as to wish him well; they could not offer him the customary salutation of Shalom, or Peace. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren,.... Which they perceived by various things in his behaviour to him, by his words, his looks, his gestures, and particularly by the coat he had made him, which distinguished him from the rest:

they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him; they not only inwardly hated him, but they could not conceal their hatred, but betrayed it by their speech unto him; they could not speak to him on any occasion, but in a cross, surly, ill natured manner; they could not salute him, or give him the common salutation, Peace be to thee, as Aben Ezra suggests. 4. could not speak peaceably unto him—did not say "peace be to thee" [Ge 43:23, etc.], the usual expression of good wishes among friends and acquaintances. It is deemed a sacred duty to give all this form of salutation; and the withholding of it is an unmistakable sign of dislike or secret hostility. The habitual refusal of Joseph's brethren, therefore, to meet him with "the salaam," showed how ill-disposed they were towards him. It is very natural in parents to love the youngest, and feel partial to those who excel in talents or amiableness. But in a family constituted as Jacob's—many children by different mothers—he showed great and criminal indiscretion.37:1-4 In Joseph's history we see something of Christ, who was first humbled and then exalted. It also shows the lot of Christians, who must through many tribulations enter into the kingdom. It is a history that has none like it, for displaying the various workings of the human mind, both good and bad, and the singular providence of God in making use of them for fulfilling his purposes. Though Joseph was his father's darling, yet he was not bred up in idleness. Those do not truly love their children, who do not use them to business, and labour, and hardships. The fondling of children is with good reason called the spoiling of them. Those who are trained up to do nothing, are likely to be good for nothing. But Jacob made known his love, by dressing Joseph finer than the rest of his children. It is wrong for parents to make a difference between one child and another, unless there is great cause for it, by the children's dutifulness, or undutifulness. When parents make a difference, children soon notice it, and it leads to quarrels in families. Jacob's sons did that, when they were from under his eye, which they durst not have done at home with him; but Joseph gave his father an account of their ill conduct, that he might restrain them. Not as a tale-bearer, to sow discord, but as a faithful brother.
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