Then Judah went to Joseph and said, "Master, please let me speak plainly to you, and please don't be angry with me. I know that you are as powerful as the king of Egypt himself.
When we were here before, you asked us, 'Do you have a father or a brother?'
And we answered you, 'We have an old father. And we have a younger brother, who was born when our father was old. This youngest son's brother is dead, so he is the only one of his mother's children left alive, and our father loves him very much.'
Then you said to us, 'Bring that brother to me. I want to see him.'
And we said to you, 'That young boy cannot leave his father, because if he leaves him, his father would die.'
But you said to us, 'If you don't bring your youngest brother, you will not be allowed to see me again.'
So we went back to our father and told him what you had said.
"Later, our father said, 'Go again and buy us a little more food.'
We said to our father, 'We cannot go without our youngest brother. Without our youngest brother, we will not be allowed to see the governor.'
Then my father said to us, 'You know that my wife Rachel gave me two sons.
When one son left me, I thought, "Surely he has been torn apart by a wild animal," and I haven't seen him since.