Genesis 37:4
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.

Berean Study Bible
When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.

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.

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

New American Standard Bible
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.

NASB 1995
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.

NASB 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.

Amplified Bible
His brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than all of his brothers; so they hated him and could not [find it within themselves to] speak to him on friendly terms.

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.

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.

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And his brothers saw that their father had loved him more than all of them, and they hated him and they were not able to speak peace with him.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And his brethren having seen that his father loved him more than all his sons, hated him, and could not speak anything peaceable to him.

Contemporary English Version
which showed that Joseph was his favorite son, and so Joseph's brothers hated him and would not be friendly to 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.

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.

Good News Translation
When his brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than he loved them, they hated their brother so much that they would not speak to him in a friendly manner.

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.

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
and his brothers see that their father has loved him more than any of his brothers, and they hate him, and have not been able to speak [to] him peaceably.

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 a kind word 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Joseph's Dreams
3Now Israel loved Joseph more than his other sons, because Joseph had been born to him in his old age; so he made him a robe of many colors. 4When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. 5Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.…

Cross References
Genesis 27:41
Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. And Esau said in his heart, "The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob."

1 Samuel 17:28
Now when David's oldest brother Eliab heard him speaking to the men, his anger burned against David. "Why have you come down here?" he asked. "And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and wickedness of heart--you have come down to see the battle!"

Jeremiah 12:6
Even your brothers--your own father's household--even they have betrayed you; even they have cried aloud against you. Do not trust them, though they speak well of 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 brethren: and they hated him yet the more…

Genesis 4:5
But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

Genesis 27:41
And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.









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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
When [Joseph’s] brothers
אֶחָ֗יו (’e·ḥāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 251: A brother, )

saw
וַיִּרְא֣וּ (way·yir·’ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7200: To see

that
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

their father
אֲבִיהֶם֙ (’ă·ḇî·hem)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 1: Father

loved
אָהַ֤ב (’ā·haḇ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 157: To have affection f

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

more than any
מִכָּל־ (mik·kāl)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

[of them],
אֶחָ֔יו (’e·ḥāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 251: A brother, )

they hated
וַֽיִּשְׂנְא֖וּ (way·yiś·nə·’ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 8130: To hate

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

and could
יָכְל֖וּ (yā·ḵə·lū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 3201: To be able, have power

not
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

speak
דַּבְּר֥וֹ (dab·bə·rōw)
Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

a kind word to him.
לְשָׁלֹֽם׃ (lə·šā·lōm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7965: Safe, well, happy, friendly, welfare, health, prosperity, peace


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