When Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of the long colorful coat that he was wearing.
Vayehi ka'asher ba Yosef el-echav vayafshitu et-Yosef et-kutanto et-ktonet hapasim asher alav.
||They took him and threw him into the well. The well was empty; there was no water in it.
Vayikachuhu vayashlichu oto haborah vehabor reyk eyn bo mayim.
Written, 'he took.' Some say that it was Simeon who threw Joseph into the pit (Bereshith Rabbah 84). It was for this reason that Simeon was later singled out for special punishment by Joseph (Genesis 42:24). According to others, it was Reuben who gently lowered Joseph into the pit (Josephus, Antiquities 2:3:2).