Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 44\\

This chapter relates the policy of Joseph in making an experiment of
his brethren's regard and affection for Benjamin; he ordered his
steward to put every man's money into his sack, and his silver cup in
Benjamin's, and when they were got out of the city, to follow after
them, and charge them with the theft, as he did; and having searched
their sacks, as they desired he would, found the cup with Benjamin,
which threw them into the utmost distress, and obliged them to return
to Joseph, \\#Ge 44:1-14\\; who charged them with their ill behaviour
towards him; they acknowledge it, and propose to be his servants; but
he orders them to depart to their father, retaining Benjamin in
servitude, \\#Ge 44:15-17\\; upon which Judah addressed him in a very
polite and affectionate manner, and relates the whole story, both of
what passed between Joseph and them, concerning Benjamin, the first
time they were in Egypt, and between their father and them upon the
same subject, when he directed them to go a second time thither to buy
corn, and how he became a surety to his father for him, and therefore
proposed to be his bondman now, not being able to see his father's face
without Benjamin, \\#Ge 44:18-34\\.