their youngest brother down into Egypt with them, and do
thou send them all back to me in peace."
This letter Jacob put into the keeping of Judah, charging
him to deliver it to the ruler of Egypt. His last words to
his sons were an admonition to take good care of Benjamin
and not leave him out of their sight, either on the journey
or after their arrival in Egypt. He bade farewell to them,
and then turned in prayer to God, saying: "O Lord of
heaven and earth! Remember Thy covenant with our
father Abraham. Remember also my father Isaac, and grant
grace unto my sons, and deliver them not into the hands of
the king of Egypt. O my God, do it for the sake of Thy
mercy, redeem my sons and save them from the hands of
the Egyptians, and restore their two brethren unto them."