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I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

43:9 surety for him. Judah was only the fourth of Jacob’s sons, but at this crisis, he begins to assume the family leadership. His offer to be “surety” for Benjamin, if necessary, substituting his life for Benjamin’s life (Genesis 44:32-33), reveals a sacrificial character that is Christ-like.

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