12.1 . Alif . Lam . Ra . These are verses of the Scripture that maketh plain .
12.2 . Lo! We have revealed it , a Lecture in Arabic , that ye may understand .
12.3 . We narrate unto thee ( Muhammad ) the best of narratives in that We have inspired in thee this Quran , though aforetime thou wast of the heedless .
12.4 . When Joseph said unto his father : O my father! Lo! I saw in a dream eleven planets and the sun and the moon , I saw them prostrating themselves unto me .
12.5 . He said : O my dear son! Tell not thy brethren of thy vision . lest they plot a plot against thee . Lo! Satan is for man an open foe .
12.6 . Thus thy Lord will prefer thee and will teach thee the interpretation of events , and will perfect his grace upon thee and upon the family of Jacob as he perfected it upon thy forefathers , Abraham and Isaac . Lo! thy Lord is Knower , Wise .
12.7 . Verily in Joseph and his brethren are signs ( of Allah ' s Sovereignty ) for the inquiring .
12.8 . When they said : Verily Joseph and his brother are dearer to our father than we are , many though we be . Lo! our father is in plain aberration .
12.9 . ( One said ) : Kill Joseph or cast him to some ( other ) land , so that your father ' s favor may be all for you , and ( that ) ye may afterward be righteous folk .
12.10 . One among them said : Kill not Joseph but , if ye must be doing , fling him into the depth of the pit ; some caravan will find him .
12.11 . They said : O our father! Why wilt thou not trust us with Joseph , when lo! we are good friends to him?
12.12 . Send him with us tomorrow that he may enjoy himself and play . And lo! we shall take good care of him .
12.13 . He said : Lo! in truth it saddens me that ye should take him with you , and I fear lest the wolf devour him while ye are heedless of him .
12.14 . They said : If the wolf should devour him when we are ( so strong ) a band , then surely we should have already perished .
12.15 . Then , when they led him off , and were of one mind that they should place him in the depth of the pit , We inspired in him : Thou wilt tell them of this deed of theirs when they know ( thee ) not .
12.16 . And they came weeping to their father in the evening .
12.17 . Saying : O our father! We went racing one with another , and left Joseph by our things , and the wolf devoured him , and thou believest not our sayings even when we speak the truth .
12.18 . And they came with false blood on his shirt . He said : Nay , but your minds have beguiled you into something . ( My course is ) comely patience . And Allah it is whose help is to be sought in that ( predicament ) which ye describe .
12.19 . And there came a caravan , and they sent their water- drawer . He let down his pail ( into the pit ) . He said : Good luck! Here is a youth . And they hid him as a treasure , and Allah was Aware of what they did .
12.20 . And they sold him for a low price , a number of silver coins ; and they attached no value to him .