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katapi HOME Genesis 44:18-34 - Judah pleads for Benjamin.  Gn.44.18-34

44 18 Then Judah went up to him and said, 'Please listen, my lord. Let me say a word to your lordship, I beg. Do not be angry with me, for you are as great as Pharaoh. 44 19 You, my lord, asked us whether we had a father or a brother. 44 20 We answered, "We have an aged father, and he has a young son born in his old age; this boy's full brother is dead and he alone is left of his mother's children, he alone, and his father loves him." 44 21 Your lordship answered, "Bring him down to me so that I may set eyes on him." 44 22 We told you, my lord, that the boy could not leave his father, and that his father would die if he left him. 44 23 But you answered, "Unless your youngest brother comes here with you, you shall not enter my presence again." 44 24 We went back to your servant our father, and told him what your lordship had said. 44 25 When our father told us to go and buy food, 44 26 we answered, "We cannot go down; for without our youngest brother we cannot enter the man's presence; but if our brother is with us, we will go." 44 27 Our father, my lord, then said to us, "You know that my wife bore me two sons. 44 28 One left me, and I said, 'He must have been torn to pieces.' I have not seen him to this day. 44 29 If you take this one from me as well, and he comes to any harm, then you will bring down my grey hairs in trouble to the grave." 44 30 Now, my lord, when I return to my father without the boy—and remember, his life is bound up with the boy's—what will happen is this: 44 31 he will see that the boy is not with us and will die, and your servants will have brought down our father's grey hairs in sorrow to the grave. 44 32 Indeed, my lord, it was I who went surety for the boy to my father. I said, "If I do not bring him back to you, then you shall hold me guilty all my life." 44 33 Now, my lord, let me remain in place of the boy as your lordship's slave, and let him go with his brothers. 44 34 How can I return to my father without the boy? I could not bear to see the misery which my father would suffer.'

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