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Israel[a] said, “Why did you tell the man you had another brother? You have caused me a lot of trouble.”

The brothers answered, “He questioned us carefully about ourselves and our family. He asked us, ‘Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?’ We just answered his questions. How could we know he would ask us to bring our other brother to him?”

Then Judah said to his father Jacob, “Send Benjamin with me, and we will go at once so that we, you, and our children may live and not die.

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  1. 43:6 Israel Also called Jacob.

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