Genesis 37:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 37:15, NIV: "a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, 'What are you looking for?'"

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

Genesis 37:15, KJV: "And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?"

Genesis 37:15, NASB: "A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, 'What are you looking for?'"

Genesis 37:15, NLT: "When he arrived there, a man from the area noticed him wandering around the countryside. 'What are you looking for?' he asked."

Genesis 37:15, CSB: "A man found him there, wandering in the field, and asked him, "What are you looking for? ""

What does Genesis 37:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph doesn't seem to know the danger he is in, but as readers we are fully aware. The tension keeps ratcheting up. Overt favoritism (Genesis 37:3–4), Joseph's reports on his brothers (Genesis 37:2) and his audacious dreams (Genesis 37:5, 9) have enraged his older brothers. He has arrived in Shechem (Genesis 37:12), sent by his father. His purpose is to gather a report on the flocks from his brothers (Genesis 37:13–14). He is alone and isolated.

Surprisingly, though, he can't find his brothers. This hints at a possible reason for Jacob sending Joseph to check on the flocks. A stranger from the area finds the 17–year-old wandering in the fields and asks what he is looking for.