The Second Journey to Egypt
1And the famine was sore in the land.
2 And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food.
3 And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
4 If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:
5 But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
6 And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?
7 And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down?
K.J.V. Bible Text
Chapter 43 begins with Israel’s (Jacob’s) family once more running out of food. Although we know from the previous chapter that Israel was concerned for the life of his son Benjamin, he never-the-less asked his sons to return to Egypt to buy more food.
Judah then reminded him that they were warned by “the man” in Egypt that they would not see his face again unless they returned with their brother Benjamin.
It seems to me that Israel blamed his sons for the situation because they had told “the man” in Egypt that they had another brother. (Was Israel now growing old and querulous?)
Judah answered him in what to me seemed a sensible manner that the man had questioned them and they had no way of knowing he would demand they bring their other brother to him.
Of course, as I read this, I am aware that Judah, along with his other brothers, did bring this upon themselves by their action against Joseph, but as of yet neither they nor their father are aware of the true identity of “the man” in Egypt.
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