Genesis 37:15
New International Version
a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, "What are you looking for?"

New Living Translation
When he arrived there, a man from the area noticed him wandering around the countryside. "What are you looking for?" he asked.

English Standard Version
And a man found him wandering in the fields. And the man asked him, “What are you seeking?”

Berean Study Bible
a man found him wandering in the field and asked, “What are you looking for?”

New American Standard Bible
A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, "What are you looking for?"

King James Bible
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

Christian Standard Bible
A man found him there, wandering in the field, and asked him, "What are you looking for?"

Contemporary English Version
and wandering through the fields, when a man asked, "What are you looking for?"

Good News Translation
and was wandering around in the country when a man saw him and asked him, "What are you looking for?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man found him there, wandering in the field, and asked him, "What are you looking for?""

International Standard Version
a man found him wandering around in a field. So the man asked him, "What are you looking for?"

NET Bible
When Joseph reached Shechem, a man found him wandering in the field, so the man asked him, "What are you looking for?"

New Heart English Bible
A certain man found him, and look, he was wandering in the field. The man asked him, "What are you looking for?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
a man found him wandering around in the open country. "What are you looking for?" the man asked.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying: 'What seekest thou?'

New American Standard 1977
And a man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, “What are you looking for?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

King James 2000 Bible
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seek you?

American King James Version
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seek you?

American Standard Version
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And a man found him wandering in the field; and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And a man found him there wandering in the field, and asked what he sought.

Darby Bible Translation
And a man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the country; and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

English Revised Version
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

Webster's Bible Translation
And a certain man found him, and behold he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

World English Bible
A certain man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field. The man asked him, "What are you looking for?"

Young's Literal Translation
And a man findeth him, and lo, he is wandering in the field, and the man asketh him, saying, 'What seekest thou?'
Study Bible
Joseph Sold by His Brothers
14Then Israel told him, “Go now and see how your brothers and the flocks are faring, and bring word back to me.” So he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron. And when Joseph arrived in Shechem, 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?”…
Cross References
Genesis 37:14
Then Israel told him, "Go now and see how your brothers and the flocks are faring, and bring word back to me." So he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron. And when Joseph arrived in Shechem,

Genesis 37:16
"I am looking for my brothers," Joseph replied. "Can you please tell me where they are pasturing their flocks?"

Treasury of Scripture

And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seek you?

he was.

Genesis 21:14
And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

What.

Judges 4:22
And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.

2 Kings 6:19
And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria.

John 1:38
Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?







Lexicon
a man
אִ֔ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 582: Man, mankind

found him
וַיִּמְצָאֵ֣הוּ (way·yim·ṣā·’ê·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

wandering
תֹעֶ֖ה (ṯō·‘eh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8582: To vacillate, reel, stray

in the field
בַּשָּׂדֶ֑ה (baś·śā·ḏeh)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7704: Field, land

and asked,
וַיִּשְׁאָלֵ֧הוּ (way·yiš·’ā·lê·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7592: To inquire, to request, to demand

“What
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

are you looking for?”
תְּבַקֵּֽשׁ׃ (tə·ḇaq·qêš)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after
Verses 15, 16. - And a certain man (or simply a man) found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field (obviously seeking some thing or person): and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? And he said, I seek my brethren: - or, more emphatically, My Brethren I (sc. am) seeking - tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks - or, Where (are) they shepherding? 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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