Genesis 37:3
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New International Version
Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him.

King James Bible
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

Darby Bible Translation
And Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was son of his old age; and he made him a vest of many colours.

World English Bible
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors.

Young's Literal Translation
And Israel hath loved Joseph more than any of his sons, for he is a son of his old age, and hath made for him a long coat;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A coat of many colors - כתנת פסים kethoneth passim, a coat made up of stripes of differently colored cloth. Similar to this was the toga praetexta of the Roman youth, which was white, striped or fringed with purple; this they wore till they were seventeen years of age, when they changed it for the toga virilis, or toga pura, which was all white. Such vestures as clothing of distinction are worn all over Persia, India, and China to the present day. It is no wonder that his brethren should envy him, when his father had thus made him such a distinguished object of his partial love. We have already seen some of the evils produced by this unwarrantable conduct of parents in preferring one child to all the rest. The old fable of the ape and her favorite cub, which she hugged to death through kindness, was directed against such foolish parental fondnesses as these.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


John 3:35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.

John 13:22,23 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spoke...


Genesis 44:20-30 And we said to my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead...

a coat.

Genesis 37:23,32 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph out of his coat...

Judges 5:30 Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colors...

2 Samuel 13:18 And she had a garment of divers colors on her: for with such robes were the king's daughters that were virgins appareled...

Psalm 45:13,14 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of worked gold...

Ezekiel 16:16 And of your garments you did take, and decked your high places with divers colors, and played the harlot thereupon...

colours. {Kethoneth passim}, a coat made of stripes of different coloured cloth.

Joseph, the Prime Minister
'And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Talmage -- a Bloody Monster
Thomas De Witt Talmage was born at Bound Brook, N.J., in 1832. For many years he preached to large and enthusiastic congregations at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. At one time six hundred newspapers regularly printed his sermons. He was a man of great vitality, optimistic by nature, and particularly popular with young people. His voice was rather high and unmusical, but his distinct enunciation and earnestness of manner gave a peculiar attraction to his pulpit oratory. His rhetoric has been criticized
Grenville Kleiser—The world's great sermons, Volume 8

Cross References
Genesis 37:23
So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe--the ornate robe he was wearing--

Genesis 37:31
Then they got Joseph's robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood.

Genesis 37:32
They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, "We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son's robe."

Genesis 44:20
And we answered, 'We have an aged father, and there is a young son born to him in his old age. His brother is dead, and he is the only one of his mother's sons left, and his father loves him.'

2 Samuel 13:18
So his servant put her out and bolted the door after her. She was wearing an ornate robe, for this was the kind of garment the virgin daughters of the king wore.

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