Genesis 37:24
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New International Version
and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it.

New Living Translation
Then they grabbed him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.

English Standard Version
And they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.

Berean Study Bible
and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, with no water in it.

New American Standard Bible
and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it.

King James Bible
And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

Christian Standard Bible
Then they took him and threw him into the pit. The pit was empty, without water.

Contemporary English Version
and threw him into a dry well.

Good News Translation
Then they took him and threw him into the well, which was dry.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they took him and threw him into the pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.

International Standard Version
They grabbed him and tossed him into the cistern, but the cistern was empty. (There was no water in it.)

NET Bible
Then they took him and threw him into the cistern. (Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.)

New Heart English Bible
and they took him, and threw him into the pit. The pit was empty. There was no water in it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then they took him and put him into an empty cistern. It had no water in it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
and they took him, and cast him into the pit--and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

New American Standard 1977
and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and they took him and cast him into the cistern; and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

King James 2000 Bible
And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

American King James Version
And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

American Standard Version
and they took him, and cast him into the pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And cast him into an old pit, where there was no water.

Darby Bible Translation
and they took him and cast him into the pit; now the pit was empty -- there was no water in it.

English Revised Version
and they took him, and cast him into the pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty; there was no water in it.

World English Bible
and they took him, and threw him into the pit. The pit was empty. There was no water in it.

Young's Literal Translation
and take him and cast him into the pit, and the pit is empty, there is no water in it.
Study Bible
Joseph Sold by His Brothers
23So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the robe of many colors he was wearing— 24and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, with no water in it. 25And as they sat down to eat a meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were carrying spices, balm, and myrrh on their way down to Egypt.…
Cross References
Genesis 37:23
So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe--the robe of many colors he was wearing--

Genesis 37:25
And as they sat down to eat a meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were carrying spices, balm, and myrrh on their way down to Egypt.

Treasury of Scripture

And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

and cast.

Psalm 35:7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which …

Lamentations 4:20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was taken in …

the pit.

Psalm 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, …

Psalm 88:6,8 You have laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps…

Psalm 130:1,2 Out of the depths have I cried to you, O LORD…

Jeremiah 38:6 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah …

Lamentations 3:52-55 My enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause…

Zechariah 9:11 As for you also, by the blood of your covenant I have sent forth …







Verses 24, 25. - And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. Cisterns when empty, or only covered with mud at the bottom, were sometimes used as temporary prisons (Jeremiah 38:6; Jeremiah 40:15). And - leaving him, as they must have calculated, to perish by a painful death through starvation, with exquisite cold-bloodedness, paying no heed to his piteous outcries and appeals (Genesis 41:21) - they sat down (the callous composure of the act indicates deplorable brutality on the part of Joseph's brethren) to eat bread (perhaps with a secret feeling of satisfaction, if not also exultation, that they had effectually disposed of the young man and his dreams): and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, Behold, a company - or-chath, from arach, to walk; a band of travelers, especially of merchantmen; a caravan; συνοδία ὁδοιπόροι (LXX.; cf. Job 6:19) - of Ishmaelites - Arabs descended from Ishmael, who occupied the district lying between Egypt and Assyria (Genesis 25:18), and, as appears from the record, carried on a trade with the former country. That Ishmael's descendants should already have developed into a trading nation will not be surprising (Bohlen) if one reflects that Ishmael may have married in his eighteenth or twentieth year, i.e. about 162 years before the date of the present occurrence, that four generations may have been born in the interval, and that, if Ishmael's sons had only five sons each, his posterity in the fifth generation (not reckoning females) may have amounted to 15,000 persons (Murphy). But in point of fact the Ishmaelites spoken of are not described as nations - simply as a company of merchants, without saying how numerous it was (Havernick, 'Introd.,'§ 21) - came (literally, coming) from Oilcad (vide Genesis 31:21) with (literally, and) their camels bearing spicery - נְכאת, either an infinitive from נָכָא, to break, to grind (?), and signifying a pounding, breaking in pieces, hence aromatic powder (Gesenius); or a contraction from נְכָאות (Ewald), meaning that which is powdered or pulverized. Rendered θυμιαμάτα (LXX.), aromata (Vulgate), στύραξ (Aquila), it was probably the gum tragacanth, many kinds of which appear in Syria (Furst, Gesenius, Rosenmüller, Keil, Kalisch, Lange, Murphy), or storax, the resinous exudation of the styrax officinale, which abounds in Palestine and the East (Aquila, Bochart, Bush, 'Speaker's Commentary,' Inglis) - and balm - ךצרִי (in pause צרי, after van of union צְרִי), mentioned as one of the most precious fruits of Palestine (Genesis 43:11), rendered ῤητίνη (LXX.) and refina (Vulgate), and derived from צָוָה, to flow, to run (hence, literally, an outflowing, or out-dropping). was unquestionably a balsam, but of what tree cannot now be ascertained, distilling from a tree or fruit growing in Gilead, and highly prized for its healing properties (Jeremiah 8:22; Jeremiah 46:11). Vide Lexicons (Gesenius and Furst) sub voce; Michaelis, 'Suppl.' p. 2142; Kalisch in loco - and myrrh, - לֹט, στακτή (LXX.), stacte (Vulgate), pistacia (Chaldee, Syriac, Michaelis, 'Suppl.,' p. 1424), was more probably ladanum (Gesenius, Furst, Rosenmüller, Keil, Kalisch, et alii), an odoriferous gum formed upon the leaves of the cactus-rose, a shrub growing in Arabia, Syria, and Palestine (vide-Herod., 3:112; Pliny, 'N. H., 12:37; Celsius, 'Hierob.,' L 280-288) - going - the caravan route from Gilead crossed the Jordan in the neighborhood of Bersan, and, sweeping through Jenin and the plain of Dothan, joined another track leading southwards from Damascus by way of Ramleh and Gaza (vide Robinson, 3:27, and cf. Tristram, 'Land of Israel,' p. 132) - to carry it down to Egypt. At that time the land of the Pharaohs was the chief emporium for the world's merchandise.

CHAPTER 37:26-36 And they took him, and cast him into a pit,.... Into the same that Reuben pointed to them, whose counsel they gladly took and readily executed, supposing he meant the same thing they did, starving him to death:

and the pit was empty, there was no water in it; only serpents and scorpions, as the Targum of Jonathan; and Jarchi adds, this remark, that there was no water in it, seems to be made either to furnish out a reason why Reuben directed to it, that he might be the more easily got out of it, and not be in danger of losing his life at once, or of being drowned in it; or else to show the uncomfortable situation he was in, having not so much as a drop of water to refresh him; see Zechariah 9:11. Dothan is said to remain to this day, and the inhabitants of it show the ancient ditch into which Joseph was cast (u).

(u) Bunting's Travels, p. 80. 37:23-30 They threw Joseph into a pit, to perish there with hunger and cold; so cruel were their tender mercies. They slighted him when he was in distress, and were not grieved for the affliction of Joseph, see Am 6:6; for when he was pining in the pit, they sat down to eat bread. They felt no remorse of conscience for the sin. But the wrath of man shall praise God, and the remainder of wrath he will restrain, Ps 76:10. Joseph's brethren were wonderfully restrained from murdering him, and their selling him as wonderfully turned to God's praise.
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