25As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a
caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were
loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their
way to take them down to Egypt.
26Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our
brother and cover up his blood?
27Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands
on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.”
His brothers agreed.
28So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty
shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
29When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph
was not there, he tore his clothes.
30He went back to his brothers and said, “The boy isn’t there! Where can I turn now?”
31Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped
the robe in the blood.
32They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We
found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.”
33He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been
torn to pieces.”
34Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days.
35All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he
refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for
36Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar,
one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.
So often children bring sorrow to their parents,
but if you put it all in God's hands
he will work it out.
until I realized that God gave money and wanted
to bless me. After reading this book you will live
every day believing that
great things are coming