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Genesis 37:26 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit [is it] if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And Judah said to his brethren, What profit [is it] if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Judah said to his brethren, What profit is it that we kill our brother and secrete his blood?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— So Judah said unto his brethren,—What profit, that we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Judah saith unto his brethren, 'What gain when we slay our brother, and have concealed his blood?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And Juda said to his brethren: What will it profit us to kill our brother, and conceal his blood?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And Iudah saide vnto his brethren, What profit [is it] if we slay our brother, and conceale his blood?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Judah{gr.Judas} said to his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And Yehudah said unto his brethren, What profit [is it] if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And Yh יְהוּדָה 3063
{3063} Prime
יְהוּדָה
Y@huwdah
{yeh-hoo-daw'}
From H3034; celebrated; Jehudah (or Judah), the name of five Israelites; also of the tribe descended from the first, and of its territory.
said 559
{0559} Prime
אָמַר
'amar
{aw-mar'}
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
unto x413
(0413) Complement
אֵל
'el
{ale}
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
his brethren, 251
{0251} Prime
אָח
'ach
{awkh}
A primitive word; a brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance (like H0001)).
What x4100
(4100) Complement
מָּה
mah
{maw}
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
profit 1215
{1215} Prime
בֶּצַע
betsa`
{beh'-tsah}
From H1214; plunder; by extension gain (usually unjust).
[is it] if x3588
(3588) Complement
כִּי
kiy
{kee}
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
we slay 2026
{2026} Prime
הָרַג
harag
{haw-rag'}
A primitive root; to smite with deadly intent.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
x853
(0853) Complement
אֵת
'eth
{ayth}
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
our brother, 251
{0251} Prime
אָח
'ach
{awkh}
A primitive word; a brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance (like H0001)).
and conceal 3680
{3680} Prime
כָּסָה
kacah
{kaw-saw'}
A primitive root; properly to plump, that is, fill up hollows; by implication to cover (for clothing or secrecy).
z8765
<8765> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2121
x853
(0853) Complement
אֵת
'eth
{ayth}
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
his blood? 1818
{1818} Prime
דָּם
dam
{dawm}
From H1826 (compare H0119); blood (as that which when shed causes death) of man or an animal; by analogy the juice of the grape; figuratively (especially in the plural) bloodshed (that is, drops of blood).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Genesis 37:26-28

_ _ Judah said, ... What profit is it if we slay our brother? — The sight of these travelling merchants gave a sudden turn to the views of the conspirators; for having no wish to commit a greater degree of crime than was necessary for the accomplishment of their end, they readily approved of Judah’s suggestion to dispose of their obnoxious brother as a slave. The proposal, of course, was founded on their knowledge that the Arabian merchants trafficked in slaves; and there is the clearest evidence furnished by the monuments of Egypt that the traders who were in the habit of bringing slaves from the countries through which they passed, found a ready market in the cities of the Nile.

_ _ they ... lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold him — Acting impulsively on Judah’s advice, they had their poor victim ready by the time the merchants reached them; and money being no part of their object, they sold him for

_ _ twenty pieces of silver — The money was probably in rings or pieces (shekels), and silver is always mentioned in the records of that early age before gold, on account of its rarity. The whole sum, if in shekel weight, did not exceed $20.

_ _ they brought Joseph into Egypt — There were two routes to Egypt: the one was overland by Hebron, where Jacob dwelt, and by taking which, the fate of his hapless son would likely have reached the paternal ears; the other was directly westward across the country from Dothan to the maritime coast, and in this, the safest and most expeditious way, the merchants carried Joseph to Egypt. Thus did an overruling Providence lead this murderous conclave of brothers, as well as the slave merchants both following their own free courses — to be parties in an act by which He was to work out, in a marvellous manner, the great purposes of His wisdom and goodness towards His ancient Church and people.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Genesis 37:23-30.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Genesis 37:26

What profit is it if we slay our brother? — It will be less guilt and more gain to sell him. They all agreed to this. And as Joseph was sold by the contrivance of Judah for twenty pieces of silver, so was our Lord Jesus for thirty, and by one of the same name too, Judas. Reuben it seems, was gone away from his brethren when they sold Joseph, intending to come round some other way to the pit, and to help Joseph out of it. But had this taken effect, what had become of God's purpose concerning his preferment, in Egypt? There are many devices of the enemies of God's people to destroy them, and of their friends to help them, which perhaps are both disappointed, as these here; but the counsel of the Lord that shall stand. Reuben thought himself undone because the child was sold; I, whither shall I go? He being the eldest, his father would expect from him an account of him; but it proved they had all been undone, if he had not been sold.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
What profit:

Genesis 25:32 And Esau said, Behold, I [am] at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
Psalms 30:9 What profit [is there] in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
Jeremiah 41:8 But ten men were found among them that said unto Ishmael, Slay us not: for we have treasures in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey. So he forbare, and slew them not among their brethren.
Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Romans 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things [is] death.

conceal:

Genesis 37:20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
Genesis 4:10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
Deuteronomy 17:8 If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, [being] matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose;
2 Samuel 1:16 And David said unto him, Thy blood [be] upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD'S anointed.
Job 16:18 O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place.
Ezekiel 24:7 For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust;
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Gn 4:10; 25:32; 37:20. Dt 17:8. 2S 1:16. Jb 16:18. Ps 30:9. Jr 41:8. Ezk 24:7. Mt 16:26. Ro 6:21.

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