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?”

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?

New King James Version
Now a certain man found him, and there he was, wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, “What are you seeking?”

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?”

NASB 1995
A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, “What are you looking for?”

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

Amplified Bible
Now a certain man found Joseph, and saw that he was wandering around and had lost his way in the field; so the man asked him, “What are you looking for?”

Christian Standard Bible
A man found him there, wandering in the field, 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?"”

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?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And a man found him as he wandered in a field, and that man asked him and said to him, “What are you looking for?”

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

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

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

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?

Good News Translation
and was wandering around in the country when a man saw him and 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.

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

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?'

Literal Standard Version
And a man finds him, and behold, he is wandering in the field, and the man asks him, saying, “What do you seek?”

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
And a man found him, and look, he was wandering in the field. And the man asked him, "What are you looking for?"

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?'

Additional Translations ...
Context
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, 15 a 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?









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?

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
a man
אִ֔ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 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 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 8582: To vacillate, reel, stray

in the field
בַּשָּׂדֶ֑ה (baś·śā·ḏeh)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 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 7592: To inquire, to request, to demand

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

are you looking for?”
תְּבַקֵּֽשׁ׃ (tə·ḇaq·qêš)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 1245: To search out, to strive after


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