Genesis 37:33 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 37:33, NIV: He recognized it and said, 'It is my son's robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.'

Genesis 37:33, ESV: And he identified it and said, “It is my son’s robe. A fierce animal has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.”

Genesis 37:33, KJV: And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.

Genesis 37:33, NASB: Then he examined it and said, 'It is my son’s tunic. A vicious animal has devoured him; Joseph has surely been torn to pieces!'

Genesis 37:33, NLT: Their father recognized it immediately. 'Yes,' he said, 'it is my son's robe. A wild animal must have eaten him. Joseph has clearly been torn to pieces!'

Genesis 37:33, CSB: His father recognized it. "It is my son's robe," he said. "A vicious animal has devoured him. Joseph has been torn to pieces! "

What does Genesis 37:33 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob's 10 oldest sons have returned with their flocks from the north (Genesis 37:12). Joseph has not (Genesis 37:18–30). Instead, the brothers bring Joseph's blood-covered robe, the one specially given to him by Jacob (Genesis 37:3–4). Of course, this is a trick meant to disguise their own betrayal (Genesis 37:31–32). They cruelly asked their father to identify it.

Jacob affirms that the robe is Joseph's. He reaches exactly the conclusion they were hoping he would: that a wild animal has eaten Joseph. It's a skillful lie that requires no telling. Jacob is convinced that his favorite son, the firstborn of his beloved late wife Rachel (Genesis 30:22–24), has died at 17. His grieving will be intense, and, so it seems, permanent (Genesis 37:34–35). The depths of Jacob's pain are such that the mastermind of this plot, Judah, will one day offer himself as a substitute for his brother, Benjamin, to keep his father from another such experience (Genesis 44:18, 30–34).