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Genesis 37:26

26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?

Read Genesis 37:26 Using Other Translations

And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
Then Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?
Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain by killing our brother? We’d have to cover up the crime.

What does Genesis 37:26 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 37:26

And Judah said unto his brethren
In sight of the Ishmaelites, a thought came into his mind to get Joseph sold to them;

what profit [is it] if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
it could be no advantage to them even if they could have concealed his blood from men; and if it was discovered, as it would, in all likelihood, by come means or another, then they must be answerable for it; and if not, God would take vengeance on them, from whom they could never conceal it; and therefore it would be most profitable and advantageous to them to sell him, and not destroy him, or take away his life; and to suffer him to lie in the pit and die was the same thing.

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