Genesis 42:11
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New International Version
We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies."

New Living Translation
We are all brothers--members of the same family. We are honest men, sir! We are not spies!"

English Standard Version
We are all sons of one man. We are honest men. Your servants have never been spies.”

Berean Study Bible
We are all sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies.”

New American Standard Bible
"We are all sons of one man; we are honest men, your servants are not spies."

King James Bible
We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.

Christian Standard Bible
"We are all sons of one man. We are honest; your servants are not spies."

Contemporary English Version
We're honest men, and we come from the same family--we're not spies."

Good News Translation
We are all brothers. We are not spies, sir, we are honest men."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We are all sons of one man. We are honest; your servants are not spies.""

International Standard Version
We're all sons of a common father. We're honest men, your majesty. We're not spies!"

NET Bible
We are all the sons of one man; we are honest men! Your servants are not spies."

New Heart English Bible
We are all one man's sons; we are honest men. Your servants are not spies."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We're all sons of one man. We're honest men, not spies."

JPS Tanakh 1917
We are all one man's sons; we are upright men, thy servants are no spies.'

New American Standard 1977
“We are all sons of one man; we are honest men, your servants are not spies.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
We are all one man's sons; we are men of the truth, thy slaves have never been spies.

King James 2000 Bible
We are all one man's sons; we are honest men, your servants are no spies.

American King James Version
We are all one man's sons; we are true men, your servants are no spies.

American Standard Version
We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We are all the sons of one man: we are come as peaceable men, neither do thy servants go about any evil.

Darby Bible Translation
We are all one man's sons; we are honest: thy servants are not spies.

English Revised Version
We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.

Webster's Bible Translation
We are all one man's sons; we are true men; thy servants are no spies.

World English Bible
We are all one man's sons; we are honest men. Your servants are not spies."

Young's Literal Translation
we are all of us sons of one man, we are right men; thy servants have not been spies;'
Study Bible
Joseph's Brothers Sent to Egypt
10“Not so, my lord,” they replied. “Your servants have come to buy food. 11We are all sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies.” 12“No,” he told them. “You have come to see if our land is vulnerable.”…
Cross References
Genesis 42:12
"No," he told them. "You have come to see if our land is vulnerable."

Genesis 42:16
Send one of your number to get your brother; the rest of you will be confined so that the truth of your words may be tested. If they are untrue, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!"

Genesis 42:19
If you are honest, leave one of your brothers in custody while the rest of you go and take back grain to relieve the hunger of your households.

Genesis 42:31
But we told him: 'We are honest men, not spies.

Treasury of Scripture

We are all one man's sons; we are true men, your servants are no spies.

We are, etc. We do not belong to different tribes; and it is not likely that one family would make a hostile attempt upon a whole kingdom; nor, if any serious design had been intended, that one man would have sent his sons on so hazardous an expedition.

true men.

Genesis 42:19,33,34 If you be true men, let one of your brothers be bound in the house …

John 7:18 He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory: but he that seeks …

2 Corinthians 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in …

(11) We are all one man's sons.--Joseph's brethren had probably expected this accusation, and their answer, as Abravanel points out, is a sound one: for no man would send his whole family on so dangerous an errand. And thus they press their family relations as a proof of their being true, that is, honest, just men, with no evil designs; and Joseph, who was glad in this way to obtain intelligence of his father and Benjamin, finally, after persisting in the accusation until he had learned all he wished to know, accepts their argument as valid.

We are all one man's sons,.... Therefore not likely to be spies; it could hardly be thought that a single family should engage in such an affair; or that one man would, send his sons as spies, and especially all of them, it being a dangerous affair, and they being liable to be taken up and put to death; and as more families than one must be concerned in such an enterprise, it is reasonable to suppose, that if they had been spies they would have been of different families, and also not together, but in different parts of the kingdom, to observe the fittest place to enter in at and execute their design:

we are true men: that spoke truth when they said they came to buy corn; were honest, upright, and sincere in what they said, nor would they, nor durst they, tell a lie:

thy servants are no spies; this they expressed in the strongest terms, and with the fullest assurance they could, detesting the charge and character of being spies. 42:7-20 Joseph was hard upon his brethren, not from a spirit of revenge, but to bring them to repentance. Not seeing his brother Benjamin, he suspected that they had made away with him, and he gave them occasion to speak of their father and brother. God, in his providence, sometimes seems harsh with those he loves, and speaks roughly to those for whom yet he has great mercy in store. Joseph settled at last, that one of them should be left, and the rest go home and fetch Benjamin. It was a very encouraging word he said to them, I fear God; as if he had said, You may be assured I will do you no wrong; I dare not, for I know there is one higher than I. With those that fear God, we may expect fair dealing.
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