Overly Eager to Submit to Harsh Treatment

Joseph set up Benjamin to look like a thief and under that pretense, Joseph would take his younger brother as a slave. However, when the man working for Joseph came upon the brothers to make the false accusation, they knew that they had not taken anything from Joseph, even going so far as to say, “With whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my lord’s slaves” (Genesis 44:9).
They were willing to let their brother, whoever he was, die for theft, and to submit themselves all as slaves! Was this an attempt to show just how much they knew that none of them could have done such a thing, without truly wanting to sacrifice a brother?
Perhaps so, but then again people took theft seriously back then, whereas we want to put the thief on government assistance, psychoanalyze him, and claim that he had not received enough education as a youth.
The brothers may have overreacted, but we do so in the other direction.
A thief is guilty of sin from which he must repent, and he should repay more than what he had taken.

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