Genesis 37:18
New International Version
But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.

New Living Translation
When Joseph's brothers saw him coming, they recognized him in the distance. As he approached, they made plans to kill him.

English Standard Version
They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him.

Berean Study Bible
Now Joseph’s brothers saw him in the distance, and before he arrived, they plotted to kill him.

New American Standard Bible
When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death.

King James Bible
And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

Christian Standard Bible
They saw him in the distance, and before he had reached them, they plotted to kill him.

Contemporary English Version
But before he got there, they saw him coming and made plans to kill him.

Good News Translation
They saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted against him and decided to kill him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They saw him in the distance, and before he had reached them, they plotted to kill him.

International Standard Version
Now as soon as they saw him approaching from a distance, before he arrived they plotted together to kill him.

NET Bible
Now Joseph's brothers saw him from a distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.

New Heart English Bible
They saw him afar off, and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to kill him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They saw him from a distance. Before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they saw him afar off, and before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

New American Standard 1977
When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

King James 2000 Bible
And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

American King James Version
And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near to them, they conspired against him to slay him.

American Standard Version
And they saw him afar off, and before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when they saw him afar off, be- fore he came nigh them, they thought to kill him.

Darby Bible Translation
And when they saw him from afar, and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to put him to death.

English Revised Version
And they saw him afar off, and before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near to them, they conspired against him to slay him.

World English Bible
They saw him afar off, and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to kill him.

Young's Literal Translation
And they see him from afar, even before he draweth near unto them, and they conspire against him to put him to death.
Study Bible
Joseph Sold by His Brothers
17“They have moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph set out after his brothers and found them at Dothan. 18Now Joseph’s brothers saw him in the distance, and before he arrived, they plotted to kill him. 19“Here comes that dreamer!” they said to one another.…
Cross References
Mark 14:1
Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were two days away, and the chief priests and scribes were looking for a covert way to arrest Jesus and kill Him.

John 11:53
So from that day on they plotted to kill Him.

Acts 23:12
When daylight came, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.

Genesis 37:19
"Here comes that dreamer!" they said to one another.

Psalm 31:13
For I hear the slander of many; there is terror on every side. They conspire against me and plot to take my life.

Psalm 37:12
The wicked scheme against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them,

Psalm 37:32
Though the wicked lie in wait for the righteous, and seek to slay them,

Treasury of Scripture

And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near to them, they conspired against him to slay him.

conspired.

1 Samuel 19:1 And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that …

Psalm 31:13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while …

Psalm 37:12,32 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes on him with his teeth…

Psalm 94:21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, …

Psalm 105:25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtly with his servants.

Psalm 109:4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself to prayer.

Matthew 21:38 But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, This …

Matthew 27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the …

Mark 12:7 But those farmers said among themselves, This is the heir; come, …

Mark 14:1 After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread…

Luke 20:14,15 But when the farmers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, …

John 11:53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

Acts 23:12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound …







Lexicon
Now [Joseph’s brothers] saw
וַיִּרְא֥וּ (way·yir·’ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

him
אֹת֖וֹ (’ō·ṯōw)
Direct object marker | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

in the distance,
מֵרָחֹ֑ק (mê·rā·ḥōq)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7350: Remote, of place, time, precious

and before
וּבְטֶ֙רֶם֙ (ū·ḇə·ṭe·rem)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 2962: Non-occurrence, not yet, before

he arrived,
יִקְרַ֣ב (yiq·raḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7126: To come near, approach

they plotted
וַיִּֽתְנַכְּל֥וּ (way·yiṯ·nak·kə·lū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5230: To be crafty, deceitful or knavish

to kill him.
לַהֲמִיתֽוֹ׃ (la·hă·mî·ṯōw)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4191: To die, to kill
Verse 18. - And when (literally, and) they saw him afar off, even (or, and) before he came near unto them, they (literally, and they) conspired against him (or, dealt with him fraudulently) to slay him 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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