Genesis 37:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 37:11, NIV: "His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind."

Genesis 37:11, ESV: "And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind."

Genesis 37:11, KJV: "And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying."

Genesis 37:11, NASB: "And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind."

Genesis 37:11, NLT: "But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant."

Genesis 37:11, CSB: "His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind."

What does Genesis 37:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The ten older half-brothers of Joseph already hated him so deeply they couldn't bring themselves to say a single friendly word to him (Genesis 37:4). After all, he and his baby brother Benjamin were the youngest of the 12, but their father clearly loved them best (Genesis 37:3; 42:3–4). Worst, Jacob had given Joseph a princely robe, perhaps signaling his preference to give Joseph the family birthright and a greater share of the inheritance when the time came (Genesis 37:3).

Then came Joseph's dreams of all of them bowing down to him (Genesis 37:5–9). Even Jacob rebuked Joseph for sharing these visions (Genesis 37:10). His brothers' jealousy has reached dangerous new levels. The following verses will reveal they are ready to harm their younger brother (Genesis 37:18, 28).

Interestingly, even though Jacob scolded Joseph for sharing his dream of ruling over the family, he doesn't entirely dismiss the vision. Jacob, himself, saw God-given dreams (Genesis 28:10–16). He doesn't reject the possibility that Joseph's dream may have some validity (Genesis 42:6), though he does not share that thought with the rest of the family. Jacob simply keeps the idea in the back of his mind.