Genesis 37:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 37:5, NIV: Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.

Genesis 37:5, ESV: Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more.

Genesis 37:5, KJV: And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.

Genesis 37:5, NASB: Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.

Genesis 37:5, NLT: One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever.

Genesis 37:5, CSB: Then Joseph had a dream. When he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.

What does Genesis 37:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph's life will be greatly shaped by prophetic dreams and their interpretations (Genesis 40:8; 41:15–16). In this case, a dream spoke of his own future life and relationships. Years later, his older brothers will, indeed, be at the mercy of Joseph's good will (Genesis 42:6).

At this point, Joseph's brothers view him with so much hatred they can't speak politely to him (Genesis 37:2–4). Why he chooses to share this dream is not clear. Perhaps he naively thought describing the dream to his brothers would increase his esteem in their eyes. Instead, they hated him even more. The following verses describe this dream (Genesis 37:6), and another (Genesis 37:9), making it easy to understand why the dreams provoked his jealous brothers to greater anger.