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Genesis 37:3

    Genesis 37:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now the love which Israel had for Joseph was greater than his love for all his other children, because he got him when he was an old man: and he had a long coat made for him.

    Webster's Revision

    Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors.

    World English Bible

    Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 37:3

    A coat of many colors - כתנת פסים kethoneth passim, a coat made up of stripes of differently colored cloth. Similar to this was the toga praetexta of the Roman youth, which was white, striped or fringed with purple; this they wore till they were seventeen years of age, when they changed it for the toga virilis, or toga pura, which was all white. Such vestures as clothing of distinction are worn all over Persia, India, and China to the present day. It is no wonder that his brethren should envy him, when his father had thus made him such a distinguished object of his partial love. We have already seen some of the evils produced by this unwarrantable conduct of parents in preferring one child to all the rest. The old fable of the ape and her favorite cub, which she hugged to death through kindness, was directed against such foolish parental fondnesses as these.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 37:3

    37:3 He made him a coat of divers colours - Which probably was significant of farther honours intended him.