Making a profit off your brother 

Old Testament: Gen 37.25–28

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 36–37 on January 15, In the year of our Lord Christ 2023

By Don Ruhl 

Joseph’s brothers had already conspired against him, because they did not like it that their father favored him and that the dreams he had, which he told to them, showed him as the favored one. 

So they captured him and put him in a pit until they decided what to do with him. Judah came up with a plan: 

And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt. So Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh.” And his brothers listened. Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.”

– Genesis 37.25–28 

It shocks us that they contemplated killing Joseph, and it shocks us that they willingly sold him into slavery, making a profit off him. 

However, what they did would haunt them for the next 22 years. Also, later Judah showed what a changed man he was. Keep reading and you will find out the wonderful thing that he did. 


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