Genesis 43:8

8 Judah said to his father, "Send the boy with me, and we will leave at once. Then none of us will starve to death.

Genesis 43:8 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 43:8

And Judah said unto Israel his father, send the lad with me,
and we will arise and go
Directly to Egypt for corn; Judah calls Benjamin a lad, because the youngest brother, and tenderly brought up by his father, who had an affectionate fondness for him as if he had been a child; otherwise he must be thirty two years of age, for he was seven years younger than Joseph, who was now thirty nine years of age; yea, Benjamin must have children of his own, who went with him and his father into Egypt, ( Genesis 46:21 ) ; for the computation of Benjamin's age, see ( Genesis 30:22 ) ( 31:41 ) ( 35:18 ) ( 37:2 ) ( Genesis 41:40 Genesis 41:53 Genesis 41:54 ) ( 45:6 ) ; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, [and] also our
little ones;
he argues, that if they with Benjamin went down to Egypt for corn, there was a possibility, yea, a probability that they would all live, even Benjamin also; but if not, they must all in course die, and Benjamin likewise; and therefore it was most prudent and advisable, for the sake of all their lives, of them and theirs, and for the sake of Benjamin among the rest, for whom Jacob was so particularly concerned, to let him go with them to Egypt for corn, since he must die if they did not go, and he could but die if he did go; and there was great likelihood, if not a certainty, he would not; at least Judah was confident he would not, as appears by what follows.

Genesis 43:8 In-Context

6 Jacob said, "Why did you cause me so much trouble by telling the man that you had another brother?"
7 They answered, "The man kept asking about us and our family, "Is your father still living? Do you have another brother?' We had to answer his questions. How could we know that he would tell us to bring our brother with us?"
8 Judah said to his father, "Send the boy with me, and we will leave at once. Then none of us will starve to death.
9 I will pledge my own life, and you can hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you safe and sound, I will always bear the blame.
10 If we had not waited so long, we could have been there and back twice by now."
Scripture taken from the Good News Translation - Second Edition, Copyright 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission.