The famine was severe in the land,
References for Genesis 43:1
and when they had eaten all the grain that they brought from Egypt, their father said to them, "Go back and buy us a little food."
Judah said to him, "The man was absolutely serious when he said, ‘You may not see me again without your brother with you.'
If you agree to send our brother with us, then we will go down and buy you food.
But if you don't agree to send him, then we can't go down because the man said to us, ‘You may not see me again without your brother with you.'"
Israel said, "Why have you caused me such pain by telling the man you had another brother?"