Judah spoke up again, taking a leading role. His offer was a little different from Reuben’s (Gen. 42:37). Reuben had offered to slay two of his own sons if Benjamin was not brought back, whereas Judah offered his own life. The two sons would be for Benjamin and Simeon. Judah offered his own personal life as a ransom. It is interesting that Jesus is called “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Rev. 5:5).
“Except we had lingered….” Jacob had delayed sending his sons to Egypt for more grain until it was an absolute necessity.