Bible: Ezek. 34:25-30; 37:21-28
34:25 “‘I will make a covenant of peace with them and will rid the land of wild beasts, so that they can live securely 1 in the wilderness and even sleep in the woods. 2 34:26 I will turn them and the regions around my hill into a blessing. I will make showers come down in their season; they will be showers that bring blessing. 3 34:27 The trees of the field will yield their fruit and the earth will yield its crops. They will live securely on their land; they will know that I am the
37:21 When Reuben heard this, he rescued Joseph 1 from their hands, 2 saying, 3 “Let’s not take his life!” 4 37:22 Reuben continued, 5 “Don’t shed blood! Throw him into this cistern that is here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” 6 (Reuben said this 7 so he could rescue Joseph 8 from them 9 and take him back to his father.)
37:23 When Joseph reached his brothers, they stripped him 10 of his tunic, the special tunic that he wore. 37:24 Then they took him and threw him into the cistern. (Now the cistern was empty; 11 there was no water in it.)
37:25 When they sat down to eat their food, they looked up 12 and saw 13 a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were carrying spices, balm, and myrrh down to Egypt. 14 37:26 Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is there if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 37:27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites, but let’s not lay a hand on him, 15 for after all, he is our brother, our own flesh.” His brothers agreed. 16 37:28 So when the Midianite 17 merchants passed by, Joseph’s brothers pulled 18 him 19 out of the cistern and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. The Ishmaelites 20 then took Joseph to Egypt.