Genesis 43:14 NKJV
And may God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release your other brother and Benjamin. If I am bereaved, I am bereaved!”
At a time in Jacob's life when he was concerned about losing the only other child he had by Rachel, he dreaded risking sending Benjamin to Egypt to satisfy the demands of Pharaoh's right hand man. Jacob had no idea that the man he would be dealing with was Benjamin's brother, Joseph whom he thought was dead. His sons told him they had to take Benjamin back with them to prove they were not spies. Jacob was in anguish but he conceded after holding back for a while, realizing that the move had to be made to save their lives. They needed favor with Pharaoh's government to get food in order to survive the famine that was on the earth at that time. As he released Benjamin to them, Jacob's prayer was that God would give them mercy before the man they had to deal with. God's mercy is illustrated through direct acts by Him as well as through human beings. God has the ability to touch the heart of man and cause them to show mercy. The power that man has on earth originates with God. As we look to the Lord for mercy, He can work through people to bring it to pass.