“I will guarantee him; of my own hand you can demand him.”
~ Genesis 37:25

Still mourning the loss of Joseph, Jacob was reluctant to also lose Benjamin, his only remaining child from Rachel. Consequently, he refuses to allow his other sons to take Benjamin to Egypt.

Both Reuben and Judah try to convince their father, yet Jacob concedes only to Judah. Why?

Reuben offered his own sons as collateral if he failed to return Benjamin. Judah, however, took personal responsibility and offered himself.

Dependability and accountability are synonymous because responsibility is – by definition – personal.