1 And Jacob dwelt in the land where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan.
2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when he was seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, with the sons of Bilhah and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought an evil report of them to their father.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a coat of many colors.
4 And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
5 Then Joseph had a dream; and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.
6 And he said to them, Listen to this dream which I have had:
7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field, when suddenly my sheaf rose up and remained standing; and then your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.
8 And his brothers said to him, Will you indeed reign over us and actually be a ruler among us? So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
9 And he had still another dream and told it to his brothers and said, Now I have had another dream: There were the sun and the moon and eleven stars, bowing down to me.
10 And he told it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the ground to you?
11 And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in his heart.
12 Then his brothers went to shepherd their father’s flock in Shechem.
13 And Israel said to Joseph, Your brothers are now shepherding the flock in Shechem. Come, and I will send you to them. And he said to him, Here I am.
14 And he said to him, Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flock, and bring word back to me. So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
15 And a man found him; and there he was, wandering in the field, and the man asked him, saying, What are you seeking?
16 And he said, I am seeking my brothers. Please tell me where they are shepherding the flock.
17 And the man said, They have moved on from here; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan.