Genesis 37:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 37:6, NIV: "He said to them, 'Listen to this dream I had:"

Genesis 37:6, ESV: "He said to them, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed:"

Genesis 37:6, KJV: "And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:"

Genesis 37:6, NASB: "He said to them, 'Please listen to this dream which I have had;"

Genesis 37:6, NLT: "'Listen to this dream,' he said."

Genesis 37:6, CSB: "He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had:"

What does Genesis 37:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Prophetic dreams are often powerful experiences (Genesis 20:3; 1 Kings 3:5; Daniel 4:5). The prophecy is real: many years later, Joseph's brothers would be entirely at his mercy (Genesis 42:6).

We're not sure if Joseph was aware of how much his ten half-brothers hated him (Genesis 37:2–4). Perhaps he thought telling them his dream (Genesis 37:5) would cause them to respect him more. Or he was responding to their hate by telling them that one day he would have the upper hand over them. In either case, he demanded their attention and told them the dream (Genesis 37:7).