Genesis 37:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 37:17, NIV: They have moved on from here,' the man answered. 'I heard them say, 'Let's go to Dothan.'' So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan.

Genesis 37:17, ESV: 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.

Genesis 37:17, KJV: And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

Genesis 37:17, NASB: Then the man said, 'They have moved from here; for I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’?' So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.

Genesis 37:17, NLT: 'Yes,' the man told him. 'They have moved on from here, but I heard them say, 'Let's go on to Dothan.'' So Joseph followed his brothers to Dothan and found them there.

Genesis 37:17, CSB: "They've moved on from here," the man said. "I heard them say, 'Let's go to Dothan.' " So Joseph set out after his brothers and found them at Dothan.

What does Genesis 37:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Near the city of Shechem, a stranger finds Joseph, 17, wandering around in search of his older brothers (Genesis 37:12–16). His brothers have taken their family flocks even further north, near the town of Dothan. Joseph was sent by his father Jacob to gather a report on the condition of the flocks. That the brothers are not where Jacob expected them to be hints that he might be sending Joseph out of justified suspicion (Genesis 37:2).

Joseph gives no indication he knows how angry his brothers are with him (Genesis 37:3–5) or what they are willing to do to be rid of him (Genesis 37:18, 28).