Genesis 37:23-24 (NLT)
23 So when Joseph arrived, his brothers ripped off the beautiful robe he was wearing. 24 Then they grabbed him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
TIME OF DAY:
The sun (unseen, high in the sky) illuminates this scene.
Joseph is the figure in the foreground, having been thrown into the cistern. Seven of Joseph’s eleven brothers can be seen above the rim of the cistern, throwing him in. Levi is the man in pale clothes, holding Joseph’s beautiful robe. Clockwise from Levi are Asher, Zebulun, Issachar, Judah, Simeon, Gad.
A cistern is a hole in the ground used for storing rainwater. It often has accumulated mud in the bottom, but that is not mentioned in this instance.
The storm clouds that were gathering are now overhead in this scene, signalling problems (”stormy weather!”) ahead for Joseph!