But Jacob 1 replied, “My son will not go down there with you, for his brother is dead and he alone is left. 2 If an accident happens to him on the journey you have to make, then you will bring down my gray hair 3 in sorrow to the grave.” 4
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1 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Jacob) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
2 sn The expression he alone is left meant that (so far as Jacob knew) Benjamin was the only surviving child of his mother Rachel.
3 sn The expression bring down my gray hair is figurative, using a part for the whole – they would put Jacob in the grave. But the gray head signifies a long life of worry and trouble.
4 tn Heb “to Sheol,” the dwelling place of the dead.