When the brothers of Joseph returned to him, they bowed before him again (Genesis 44:14), but he still confronted them, accusing them of having stolen something from him (Genesis 44:15). Judah spoke words of humility that matched his bowing before Joseph,

Then Judah said,

“What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak? Or how shall we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; here we are, my lord’s slaves, both we and he also with whom the cup was found” (Genesis 44:16).

Joseph countered,

“Far be it from me that I should do so; the man in whose hand the cup was found, he shall be my slave. And as for you, go up in peace to your father” (Genesis 44:17).

Joseph had no idea how his words touched the heart of Judah, because he will intercede for his brother Benjamin in such a way as to break Joseph’s heart. Let us learn humility from the brothers, and let us learn to speak as Judah did.

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