The language of ivrit ( עברית ) Genesis 37, Post #6
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Reuben had talked his brothers out of killing Joseph last week, suggesting that they put him in a pit. Now Judah sees the Ishmaelites (Ismaelim in Hebrew) passing by and he talks his brothers out of killing Joseph, yet again, suggesting that they sell him. That way they would not be raising a hand against their brother - their own flesh. Wow.
It does not say where Reuben had gone, but when he returned to the pit to rescue his brother, he was not there. Tearing your clothes was a sign of grief and Reuben tore his and did not know which way to turn after that.
All that is left now is to do the cover-up, practice lying and then deal with the tears and pain that their father will be dealing with for many years.
Then they sat down to eat. And looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing gum, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. 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 let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh." And his brothers listened to him. Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt.
When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes and returned to his brothers and said, "The boy is gone, and I, where shall I go?"
The story continues next with the bloody coat...
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