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Book of Genesis

Book of Genesis

Book of Genesis Sibling Rivalry Quotes

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Quote #7

His brothers said to him, "Are you indeed to reign over us? Are you indeed to have dominion over us?" So they hated him even more because of his dreams and his words. (NRSV 37:8)

And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. (KJV 37:8)

Joseph really needs to learn when to keep his mouth shut. But it turns out his dreams are actually prophetic—within the course of Genesis, they'll come true. So is this a God-ordered sibling rivalry?

Quote #8

They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams." (NRSV 37:19-20)

And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams. (KJV 37:19-20)

It's kind of ironic that the most poignant example of brotherly harmony we've seen in Genesis comes in the form of a band of dudes plotting criminal acts. Against their brother.

Quote #9

Then Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh." And his brothers agreed. (NRSV 37:26-27)

And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content. (KJV 37:26-27)

When sibling rivalry is between more than just two siblings—as in the case of Joseph and his brothers—things get a little more complicated. Judah seems to have a sound mind. But does he do enough to save his brother?

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