And they saw him from afar before he drew near them and they plotted against him to put him to death. How could Joseph’s brothers plot to kill him? The Ohr HaHayim explains that they saw him from afar…instead of trying to see things from his perspective, they judged him from their own distant perspective. And therefore before he drew near them, before they had the opportunity to see things from his perspective, they plotted against him to put him to death. A little less distance, a little more closeness, and they would never have made such a decision.