Genesis 37:26
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?

Berean Study Bible
Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit will we gain if we 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?

New King James Version
So Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?

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

NASB 1995
Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood?

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

Amplified Bible
Judah said to his brothers, “What do we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood (murder)?

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yehuda his brother said, “What profit is there that we kill our brother and conceal his blood?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Judas said to his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?

Contemporary English Version
So Judah said, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and hide his body?

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

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

Good News Translation
Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain by killing our brother and covering up the murder?

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
And Judah says to his brothers, “What gain when we slay our brother, and have concealed 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
Then Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it if we kill 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?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Joseph Sold by His Brothers
25And as they sat down to eat a meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were carrying spices, balm, and myrrh on their way down to Egypt. 26Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay a hand on him; for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And they agreed.…

Cross References
Genesis 37:20
"Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. We can say that a vicious animal has devoured him. Then we shall see what becomes of his dreams!"

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

Genesis 42:21
Then they said to one another, "Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw his anguish when he pleaded with us, but we would not listen. That is why this distress has come upon us."

Genesis 50:20
As for you, what you intended against me for evil, God intended for good, in order to accomplish a day like this--to preserve the lives of many people.

Jeremiah 36:25
Even though Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah urged 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.

Genesis 25:32
And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

Psalm 30:9
What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

Jeremiah 41:8
But ten men were found among them that said unto Ishmael, Slay us not: for we have treasures in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey. So he forbare, and slew them not among their brethren.

conceal.

Genesis 37:20
Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

Genesis 4:10
And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

Deuteronomy 17:8
If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose;









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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Then Judah
יְהוּדָ֖ה (yə·hū·ḏāh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3063: Judah -- 'praised', a son of Jacob, also the southern kingdom, also four Israelites

said
וַיֹּ֥אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

his brothers,
אֶחָ֑יו (’e·ḥāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 251: A brother, )

“What
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

profit will we gain
בֶּ֗צַע (be·ṣa‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1215: Gain made by violence, unjust gain, profit

if
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

we kill
נַהֲרֹג֙ (na·hă·rōḡ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's 2026: To smite with deadly intent

our brother
אָחִ֔ינוּ (’ā·ḥî·nū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's 251: A brother, )

and cover up
וְכִסִּ֖ינוּ (wə·ḵis·sî·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - first person common plural
Strong's 3680: To plump, fill up hollows, to cover

his blood?
דָּמֽוֹ׃ (dā·mōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1818: Blood, of man, an animal, the juice of the grape, bloodshed


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