8 And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones.
9 I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:
10 For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.
11 And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:
12 And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight:
13 Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:
14 And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.
K.J.V. Bible Text
In verse 8 of Genesis Chapter 43 Judah agrees to return to Egypt for food if he can take Benjamin with him. He offers his personal guarantee of Benjamin’s safety and reminds his father that if they had returned at once the first time, they could have already gone and returned twice more. This to me signifies that at this point in Israel’s life, his children have begun to question his wisdom and to make decisions of their own. And of course, Judah wants to alleviate the famine in his land.
It seems, however, that Israel still has much wisdom as he cleverly plans for them to take some of the best products of the land as gifts for “the man” in Egypt. He also orders them to take double the silver needed in order to return the silver they found in their sacks the first time they visited Egypt.
And then, Israel does what to me is the wisest thing he could do. He calls upon God Almighty to grant mercy so that the brother held in the Egyptian prison and Benjamin will both be allowed to come home.
To go with God is, of course, the best protection Israel’s sons could have.
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