Genesis 44:34
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New International Version
How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father."

New Living Translation
For how can I return to my father if the boy is not with me? I couldn't bear to see the anguish this would cause my father!"

English Standard Version
For how can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? I fear to see the evil that would find my father.”

New American Standard Bible
"For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me-- for fear that I see the evil that would overtake my father?"

King James Bible
For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For how can I go back to my father without the boy? I could not bear to see the grief that would overwhelm my father."

International Standard Version
After all, how can I go back to my father if the young man doesn't accompany me? I'm afraid of what might happen to my father."

NET Bible
For how can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? I couldn't bear to see my father's pain."

New Heart English Bible
For how will I go up to my father, if the boy isn't with me?--lest I see the evil that will come on my father."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How could I go back to my father if the boy isn't with me? I couldn't bear to see my father's misery!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
For how shall I go up to my father, if the lad be not with me? lest I look upon the evil that shall come on my father.'

New American Standard 1977
“For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me, lest I see the evil that would overtake my father?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
For how shall I go up to my father and the lad not be with me? I cannot go lest I see the evil that shall come on my father.

King James 2000 Bible
For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest perhaps I see the evil that shall come on my father.

American King James Version
For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father.

American Standard Version
For how shall I go up to my father, if the lad be not with me? lest I see the evil that shall come on my father.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I cannot return to my father without the boy, lest I be a witness of the calamity that will oppress my father.

Darby Bible Translation
for how should I go up to my father if the lad were not with me? -- lest I see the evil that would come on my father.

English Revised Version
For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest I see the evil that shall come on my father.

Webster's Bible Translation
For how shall I return to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest perhaps I see the evil that shall come on my father.

World English Bible
For how will I go up to my father, if the boy isn't with me?--lest I see the evil that will come on my father."

Young's Literal Translation
for how do I go up unto my father, and the youth not with me? lest I look on the evil which doth find my father.'
Study Bible
Judah Pleads for Benjamin
33"Now, therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad a slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers. 34"For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me-- for fear that I see the evil that would overtake my father?"
Cross References
Genesis 44:33
"Now, therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad a slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers.

Genesis 45:1
Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, "Have everyone go out from me." So there was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
Treasury of Scripture

For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father.

lest.

1 Samuel 2:33,34 And the man of yours, whom I shall not cut off from my altar, shall …

2 Chronicles 34:28 Behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered …

Esther 8:6 For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come to my people? …

Jeremiah 52:10,11 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: …

come on. Heb. find.

Exodus 18:8 And Moses told his father in law all that the LORD had done to Pharaoh …

Job 31:29 If I rejoice at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up …

Psalm 116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell got hold …

Psalm 119:143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet your commandments …

For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me?.... Signifying that he must abide in Egypt, and chose to do it, and could not go up to the land of Canaan any more or see his father's face without Benjamin along with him, to whom he was a surety for him:

lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father; see him die, or live a life of sorrow worse than death: this he could not bear, and chose rather to be a slave in Egypt, than to be the spectator of such an affecting scene. By this speech of Judah, Joseph plainly saw the great affection which his brethren, especially Judah, had for his father and his brother Benjamin, as well as the sense they had of their evil in selling him, which lay uppermost on their minds, and for which they thought themselves brought into all this trouble; wherefore he could no longer conceal himself from them, but makes himself known unto them, which is the principal subject of the following chapter. 44:18-34 Had Joseph been, as Judah supposed him, an utter stranger to the family, he could not but be wrought upon by his powerful reasonings. But neither Jacob nor Benjamin need an intercessor with Joseph; for he himself loved them. Judah's faithful cleaving to Benjamin, now, in his distress, was recompensed long afterwards by the tribe of Benjamin keeping with the tribe of Judah, when the other tribes deserted it. The apostle, when discoursing of the mediation of Christ, observes, that our Lord sprang out of Judah, Heb 7:14; and he not only made intercession for the transgressors, but he became a Surety for them, testifying therein tender concern, both for his Father and for his brethren. Jesus, the great antitype of Joseph, humbles and proves his people, even after they have had some tastes of his loving-kindness. He brings their sins to their remembrance, that they may exercise and show repentance, and feel how much they owe to his mercy.
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