G E N E S I S
Joseph, having entertained his brethren, dismissed
them; but here we have them brought back in a greater fright than
any they had been in yet. Observe, I. What method he took both to
humble them further and also to try their affection to his brother
Benjamin, by which he would be able to judge of the sincerity of
their repentance for what they had done against himself, of which
he was desirous to be satisfied before he manifested his
reconciliation to them. This he contrived to do by bringing
Benjamin into distress, ver.
1-17. II. The good success of the experiment; he found
them all heartily concerned, and Judah particularly, both for the
safety of Benjamin and for the comfort of their aged father,
ver. 18, &c.