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˹Remember˺ when they said ˹to one another˺, “Surely Joseph and his brother ˹Benjamin˺ are more beloved to our father than we, even though we are a group of so many.1 Indeed, our father is clearly mistaken.
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Kill Joseph or cast him out to some ˹distant˺ land so that our father’s attention will be only ours, then after that you may ˹repent and˺ become righteous people!”
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One of them said, “Do not kill Joseph. But if you must do something, throw him into the bottom of a well so perhaps he may be picked up by some travellers.”
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They said, “O our father! Why do you not trust us with Joseph, although we truly wish him well?
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Send him out with us tomorrow so that he may enjoy himself and play. And we will really watch over him.”
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He responded, “It would truly sadden me if you took him away with you, and I fear that a wolf may devour him while you are negligent of him.”
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They said, “If a wolf were to devour him, despite our strong group, then we would certainly be losers!”
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