And Judah said, What shall we say to my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves?…
I. BENJAMIN'S SURETY.
II. THE FRIENDLY BANQUET.
III. THE STRANGE STRATAGEM.
IV. THE ELOQUENT APPEAL. Judah makes a speech which is very natural, simple, and pathetic. It is conciliatory towards Joseph. Joseph's greatness, power, and high rank are fully recognized ("Thou art as Pharaoh"). It is considerate in reference to the statements about Jacob's peculiar reasons for sorrow. It is courageous in its announcement of Judah's own responsibility, and of his readiness to be a substitute for his brother. And all through the speech tenderness and sympathy are exhibited in a very simple but touching manner.
(W. S. Smith, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord's servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found.
WEB: Judah said, "What will we tell my lord? What will we speak? Or how will we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants. Behold, we are my lord's bondservants, both we, and he also in whose hand the cup is found."