18 Then Y’hudah approached Yosef and said, “Please, my lord! Let your servant say something to you privately; and don’t be angry with your servant, for you are like Pharaoh himself.
19 My lord asked his servants, ‘Do you have a father? or a brother?’
20 We answered my lord, ‘We have a father who is an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one whose brother is dead; so that of his mother’s children he alone is left; and his father loves him.’
21 But you said to your servants, ‘Bring him down to me, so that I can see him.’
22 We answered my lord, ‘The boy can’t leave his father; if he were to leave his father, his father would die.’
23 You said to your servants, ‘You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.’
24 We went up to your servant my father and told him what my lord had said;
25 but when our father said, ‘Go again, and buy us some food,’
26 we answered, ‘We can’t go down. Only if our youngest brother is with us will we go down, because we can’t see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.’
27 Then your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife bore me two sons:
28 the one went out from me, and I said, “Surely he has been torn to pieces,” and I haven’t seen him since.
29 Now if you take this one away from me too, and something happens to him, you will bring my gray hair down to Sh’ol with grief.’
30 So now if I go to your servant my father, and the boy isn’t with us — seeing how his heart is bound up with the boy’s heart —