Indeed, in the story of Joseph and his brothers there are lessons for all who ask.
˹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.
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!”
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.”
They said, “O our father! Why do you not trust us with Joseph, although we truly wish him well?
Send him out with us tomorrow so that he may enjoy himself and play. And we will really watch over him.”
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.”
They said, “If a wolf were to devour him, despite our strong group, then we would certainly be losers!”
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