Genesis 44:20

Overview - Genesis 44
Joseph's policy to stay his brethren.
The cup is found in Benjamin's sack.
14 They are brought before Joseph.
18 Judah's humble supplication to Joseph.
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Genesis 44:20  (King James Version)
And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.

we said
Every word in this verse is simplicity and pathos itself. No man of the least sensibility can read it without great emotion. Indeed the whole speech is exquisitely beautiful, and perhaps the most complete pattern of genuine natural eloquence extant in any language. When we read this generous speech, we forgive Judah all the past, and cannot refuse to say, "Thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise."

a child
35:18 Genesis 37:3 Genesis 37:19 Genesis 43:7 Genesis 43:8 46:21

and his brother
37:33-35 Genesis 42:36 Genesis 42:38

he alone
27-29 ; Luke 7:12