Genesis 37:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 37:32, NIV: "They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, 'We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son's robe.'"

Genesis 37:32, ESV: "And they sent the robe of many colors and brought it to their father and said, “This we have found; please identify whether it is your son’s robe or not.”"

Genesis 37:32, KJV: "And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son's coat or no."

Genesis 37:32, NASB: "and they sent the multicolored tunic and brought it to their father and said, 'We found this; please examine it to see whether it is your son’s tunic or not.'"

Genesis 37:32, NLT: "They sent the beautiful robe to their father with this message: 'Look at what we found. Doesn't this robe belong to your son?'"

Genesis 37:32, CSB: "They sent the long-sleeved robe to their father and said, "We found this. Examine it. Is it your son's robe or not? ""

What does Genesis 37:32 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

To cover up selling their brother Joseph to slave traders (Genesis 37:18–30), Joseph's older brothers have stained his ornate coat (Genesis 37:3–4) in goat's blood to simulate an attack from a wild animal. Now, having returned home, they bring the ruined coat to Jacob and ask him to identify whether this was Joseph's coat or not.

Of course, they know the answer. There is no question whose robe this is, and that Jacob will recognize it. The question is deeply cruel. For their scheme to hold up, they need to Jacob to believe with certainty that Joseph is truly dead. They pose the identification of the robe as a question only he can answer, as if they were unsure.

As one might expect, Jacob will not take the news well (Genesis 37:33–35). In a poignant twist, Jacob's shattered reaction to this news will influence Judah—mastermind of the plot—to avoid grieving his father again. Years later, he will offer himself as collateral to protect another of Jacob's sons by Rachel (Genesis 44:18, 30–34).