The grain that Joseph’s brothers brought back from Egypt has run out. Jacob (who is referred to as “Israel” more times in this chapter than previously) knows that the brothers must go back for more, but it is Judah who speaks up convinces his father to entrust Benjamin to him (verse 9). In stark contrast to Reuben, he places the responsibility for the boy’s safety on his own shoulders; and Israel is resigned that there just is no choice, and fears he may not see them again (verse 14). So he sends them with gifts and a double portion of money, and they return to Joseph.
When they are brought to Joseph’s house, their fears mount (verse 18), but instead of harsh treatment, they are fed and treated well. Joseph’s love and compassion for his younger brother is great, and Benjamin receives five times the amount of food that his brothers get. Joseph has plans for little brother.
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