Genesis 37:26
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New International Version
Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?

New Living Translation
Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain by killing our brother? We'd have to cover up the crime.

English Standard Version
Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?

New American Standard Bible
Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood?

King James Bible
And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Judah said to his brothers, "What do we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?

International Standard Version
Then Judah suggested to his brothers, "Where's the profit in just killing our brother and shedding his blood?

NET Bible
Then Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is there if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?

New Heart English Bible
Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Judah asked his brothers, "What will we gain by killing our brother and covering up his death?

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Judah said unto his brethren: 'What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood?

New American Standard 1977
And Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood?

King James 2000 Bible
And Judah said unto his brothers, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?

American King James Version
And Judah said to his brothers, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?

American Standard Version
And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Juda said to his brethren: What will it profit us to kill our brother, and conceal his blood?

Darby Bible Translation
And Judah said to his brethren, What profit is it that we kill our brother and secrete his blood?

English Revised Version
And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood?

Webster's Bible Translation
And Judah said to his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood.

World English Bible
Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?

Young's Literal Translation
And Judah saith unto his brethren, 'What gain when we slay our brother, and have concealed his blood?
Study Bible
Joseph Sold by his Brothers
25Then they sat down to eat a meal. And as they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing aromatic gum and balm and myrrh, on their way to bring them down to Egypt. 26Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27"Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh." And his brothers listened to him.…
Cross References
Genesis 37:20
"Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, 'A wild beast devoured him.' Then let us see what will become of his dreams!"

Genesis 40:15
"For I was in fact kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing that they should have put me into the dungeon."

Genesis 42:21
Then they said to one another, "Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us."

Genesis 50:20
"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.

Jeremiah 36:25
Even though Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah pleaded with the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them.
Treasury of Scripture

And Judah said to his brothers, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?

What profit.

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Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and …

Romans 6:21 What fruit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? …

conceal.

Genesis 37:20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, …

Genesis 4:10 And he said, What have you done? the voice of your brother's blood …

Deuteronomy 17:8 If there arise a matter too hard for you in judgment, between blood …

2 Samuel 1:16 And David said to him, Your blood be on your head; for your mouth …

Job 16:18 O earth, cover not you my blood, and let my cry have no place.

Ezekiel 24:7 For her blood is in the middle of her; she set it on the top of a …

Verses 26, 27. - And Judah (apparently shrinking from the idea of murder) said unto his brethren, What profit is it if (literally, what of advantage that) we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? (i.e. and hide the fact of his murder). Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him (literally, and our hand, let it not be upon him, i.e. to slay him); for he is our brother and our flesh - or, more expressly, our brother and our flesh he (cf. Genesis 29:14). And his brethren were content - literally, hearkened, viz., to the proposal. And Judah said unto his brethren,.... In sight of the Ishmaelites, a thought came into his mind to get Joseph sold to them:

what profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? it could be no advantage to them even if they could have concealed his blood from men; and if it was discovered, as it would, in all likelihood, by come means or another, then they must be answerable for it; and if not, God would take vengeance on them, from whom they could never conceal it; and therefore it would be most profitable and advantageous to them to sell him, and not destroy him, or take away his life; and to suffer him to lie in the pit and die was the same thing. 26-28. Judah said, … What profit is it if we slay our brother?—The sight of these travelling merchants gave a sudden turn to the views of the conspirators; for having no wish to commit a greater degree of crime than was necessary for the accomplishment of their end, they readily approved of Judah's suggestion to dispose of their obnoxious brother as a slave. The proposal, of course, was founded on their knowledge that the Arabian merchants trafficked in slaves; and there is the clearest evidence furnished by the monuments of Egypt that the traders who were in the habit of bringing slaves from the countries through which they passed, found a ready market in the cities of the Nile.

they … lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold him—Acting impulsively on Judah's advice, they had their poor victim ready by the time the merchants reached them; and money being no part of their object, they sold him for

twenty pieces of silver—The money was probably in rings or pieces (shekels), and silver is always mentioned in the records of that early age before gold, on account of its rarity. The whole sum, if in shekel weight, did not exceed £3.

they brought Joseph into Egypt—There were two routes to Egypt: the one was overland by Hebron, where Jacob dwelt, and by taking which, the fate of his hapless son would likely have reached the paternal ears; the other was directly westward across the country from Dothan to the maritime coast, and in this, the safest and most expeditious way, the merchants carried Joseph to Egypt. Thus did an overruling Providence lead this murderous conclave of brothers, as well as the slave merchants both following their own free courses—to be parties in an act by which He was to work out, in a marvellous manner, the great purposes of His wisdom and goodness towards His ancient Church and people.37:23-30 They threw Joseph into a pit, to perish there with hunger and cold; so cruel were their tender mercies. They slighted him when he was in distress, and were not grieved for the affliction of Joseph, see Am 6:6; for when he was pining in the pit, they sat down to eat bread. They felt no remorse of conscience for the sin. But the wrath of man shall praise God, and the remainder of wrath he will restrain, Ps 76:10. Joseph's brethren were wonderfully restrained from murdering him, and their selling him as wonderfully turned to God's praise.
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