And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone…
Why should Jacob die with grief, if Benjamin should be lost? Is Benjamin his God, his life, his exceeding joy? "The Lord liveth, and blessed be the Rock of Israel." He is the Rock of ages. God had made desolate all Job's company, and his hope had He removed like a tree; but Job knew that his Redeemer lived. "All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field; but the Word of the Lord shall stand for ever." And whilst the Word stands, those whose trust is placed on it are safe. They may, through the prevalence of unbelief, and of earthly affections, speak unadvisedly with their lips; hut the Lord will make them sensible of their folly, and enable them to commit their affairs into His hand, and to east all their cares upon Him who cares for all His people. We shall soon hear Jacob saying, "If I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved"; and on his death-bed he says, "I have waited for Thy salvation, O Lord!"
(G. Lawson, D. D.).
Parallel VersesKJV: And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
WEB: He said, "My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he only is left. If harm happens to him along the way in which you go, then you will bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to Sheol."