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And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

42:37 slay my two sons. Poor Reuben, out of favor with Jacob because of his incest with Bilhah, desperately sought his father’s favor by this absurd offer. What possible satisfaction did he think Jacob would derive from the death of two of his grandsons!

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