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Israel replied, “Why did you make all this trouble by telling the man that you have another brother?”

“The man specifically asked about us and our relatives,” they responded. “He asked us, ‘Is your father still alive?’ and ‘Do you have another brother?’ So we answered his questions. How could we have known that he would tell us to bring our brother back with us?”

“Send the young man with me,” Judah told his father Israel, “and we’ll get up and go so we can survive and not die—and that includes all of us, you and our families.[a]

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  1. Genesis 43:8 Lit our defenseless ones; i.e. their wives and children

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