Then Judah1 went up to him and said: "Please, my lord,2 let your servant speak a word to my lord. Do not be angry3 with your servant, though you are equal to Pharaoh himself.
My lord asked his servants,4 'Do you have a father or a brother?'520
And we answered, 'We have an aged father, and there is a young son born to him in his old age.6 His brother is dead,7 and he is the only one of his mother's sons left, and his father loves him.'821
"Then you said to your servants,9 'Bring him down to me so I can see him for myself.'1022
And we said to my lord,11 'The boy cannot leave his father; if he leaves him, his father will die.'1223
But you told your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.'1324
When we went back to your servant my father,14 we told him what my lord15 had said.1625
"Then our father said, 'Go back and buy a little more food.'1726
But we said, 'We cannot go down. Only if our youngest brother is with us will we go. We cannot see the man's face unless our youngest brother is with us.'1827
"Your servant my father19 said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two sons.2028
One of them went away from me, and I said, "He has surely been torn to pieces."21 And I have not seen him since.2229
If you take this one from me too and harm comes to him, you will bring my gray head down to the gravea23 in misery.'2430
"So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father25 and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy's life,2631
sees that the boy isn't there, he will die.27 Your servants28 will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave29 in sorrow.
Your servant guaranteed the boy's safety to my father. I said, 'If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!'3033
"Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord's slave31 in place of the boy,32 and let the boy return with his brothers.
How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery33 that would come upon my father."34