Genesis 37:16
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English Standard Version
“I am seeking my brothers,” he said. “Tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.”

King James Bible
And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

American Standard Version
And he said, I am seeking my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they are feeding the flock .

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he answered: I seek my brethren; tell me where they feed the docks.

English Revised Version
And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they are feeding the flock.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This hatred was increased when Joseph told them of two dreams that he had had: viz., that as they were binding sheaves in the field, his sheaf "stood and remained standing," but their sheaves placed themselves round it and bowed down to it; and that the sun (his father), and the moon (his mother, "not Leah, but Rachel, who was neither forgotten nor lost"), and eleven stars (his eleven brethren) bowed down before him. These dreams pointed in an unmistakeable way to the supremacy of Joseph; the first to supremacy over his brethren, the second over the whole house of Israel. The repetition seemed to establish the thing as certain (cf. Genesis 41:32); so that not only did his brethren hate him still more "on account of his dreams and words" (Genesis 37:8), i.e., the substance of the dreams and the open interpretation of them, and become jealous and envious, but his father gave him a sharp reproof for the second, though he preserved the matter, i.e., retained it in his memory (שׁמר lxx διετήρησε, cf. συνετήρει, Luke 2:19). The brothers with their ill-will could not see anything in the creams but the suggestions of his own ambition and pride of heart; and even the father, notwithstanding his partiality, was grieved by the second dream. The dreams are not represented as divine revelations; yet they are not to be regarded as pure flights of fancy from an ambitious heart, but as the presentiments of deep inward feelings, which were not produced without some divine influence being exerted upon Joseph's mind, and therefore were of prophetic significance, though they were not inspired directly by God, inasmuch as the purposes of God were still to remain hidden from the eyes of men for the saving good of all concerned.

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seek.

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

tell me.

Songs 1:7 Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, where you feed, where you make your flock to rest at noon...

Cross References
Genesis 37:15
And a man found him wandering in the fields. And the man asked him, "What are you seeking?"

Genesis 37:17
And the man said, "They have gone away, for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.'" So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.

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