Bible: Genesis 44:14-34

44:14 So Judah and his brothers 1  came back to Joseph’s house. He was still there, 2  and they threw themselves to the ground before him. 44:15 Joseph said to them, “What did you think you were doing? 3  Don’t you know that a man like me can find out things like this by divination? 4 

44:16 Judah replied, “What can we say 5  to my lord? What can we speak? How can we clear ourselves? 6  God has exposed the sin of your servants! 7  We are now my lord’s slaves, we and the one in whose possession the cup was found.”

44:17 But Joseph said, “Far be it from me to do this! The man in whose hand the cup was found will become my slave, but the rest of 8  you may go back 9  to your father in peace.”

44:18 Then Judah approached him and said, “My lord, please allow your servant to speak a word with you. 10  Please do not get angry with your servant, 11  for you are just like Pharaoh. 12  44:19 My lord asked his servants, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’ 44:20 We said to my lord, ‘We have an aged father, and there is a young boy who was born when our father was old. 13  The boy’s 14  brother is dead. He is the only one of his mother’s sons left, 15  and his father loves him.’

44:21Then you told your servants, ‘Bring him down to me so I can see 16  him.’ 17  44:22 We said to my lord, ‘The boy cannot leave his father. If he leaves his father, his father 18  will die.’ 19  44:23 But you said to your servants, ‘If your youngest brother does not come down with you, you will not see my face again.’ 44:24 When we returned to your servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.

44:25Then our father said, ‘Go back and buy us a little food.’ 44:26 But we replied, ‘We cannot go down there. 20  If our youngest brother is with us, then we will go, 21  for we won’t be permitted to see the man’s face if our youngest brother is not with us.’

44:27Then your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife gave me two sons. 22  44:28 The first disappeared 23  and I said, “He has surely been torn to pieces.” I have not seen him since. 44:29 If you take 24  this one from me too and an accident happens to him, then you will bring down my gray hair 25  in tragedy 26  to the grave.’ 27 

44:30So now, when I return to your servant my father, and the boy is not with us – his very life is bound up in his son’s life. 28  44:31 When he sees the boy is not with us, 29  he will die, and your servants will bring down the gray hair of your servant our father in sorrow to the grave. 44:32 Indeed, 30  your servant pledged security for the boy with my father, saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, then I will bear the blame before my father all my life.’

44:33So now, please let your servant remain as my lord’s slave instead of the boy. As for the boy, let him go back with his brothers. 44:34 For how can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? I couldn’t bear to see 31  my father’s pain.” 32 

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