Genesis 43:10
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New International Version
As it is, if we had not delayed, we could have gone and returned twice."

New Living Translation
If we hadn't wasted all this time, we could have gone and returned twice by now."

English Standard Version
If we had not delayed, we would now have returned twice.”

New American Standard Bible
"For if we had not delayed, surely by now we could have returned twice."

King James Bible
For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If we had not wasted time, we could have come back twice by now."

International Standard Version
After all, if we hadn't delayed, we could have been there and back twice by now!"

NET Bible
But if we had not delayed, we could have traveled there and back twice by now!"

New Heart English Bible
for if we hadn't delayed, surely we would have returned a second time by now."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If we hadn't waited so long, we could have made this trip twice by now."

JPS Tanakh 1917
For except we had lingered, surely we had now returned a second time.'

New American Standard 1977
“For if we had not delayed, surely by now we could have returned twice.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
for if we had not lingered, surely by now we would have returned this second time.

King James 2000 Bible
For except we had lingered, surely now we would have returned this second time.

American King James Version
For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.

American Standard Version
for except we had lingered, surely we had now returned a second time.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If delay had not been made, we had been here again the second time.

Darby Bible Translation
For had we not lingered, we should now certainly have returned already twice.

English Revised Version
for except we had lingered, surely we had now returned a second time.

Webster's Bible Translation
For except we had delayed, surely now we had returned this second time.

World English Bible
for if we hadn't delayed, surely we would have returned a second time by now."

Young's Literal Translation
for if we had not lingered, surely now we had returned these two times.'
Study Bible
The Return to Egypt with Benjamin
9"I myself will be surety for him; you may hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame before you forever. 10"For if we had not delayed, surely by now we could have returned twice." 11Then their father Israel said to them, "If it must be so, then do this: take some of the best products of the land in your bags, and carry down to the man as a present, a little balm and a little honey, aromatic gum and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.…
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Genesis 43:9
"I myself will be surety for him; you may hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame before you forever.

Genesis 43:11
Then their father Israel said to them, "If it must be so, then do this: take some of the best products of the land in your bags, and carry down to the man as a present, a little balm and a little honey, aromatic gum and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.
Treasury of Scripture

For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.

Genesis 19:16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold on his hand, and on the …

this second time. or, twice by this.

For except we had lingered,.... Delayed going down to Egypt, through the demur Jacob made of tending Benjamin with them:

surely now we had returned this second time; they would have made their journey to Egypt, and returned again with their corn, and their brother Benjamin too, as Judah supposed, before this time; so that by these delays they were losing time, and involving themselves and families in distress for want of corn. 43:1-14 Jacob urges his sons to go and buy a little food; now, in time of dearth, a little must suffice. Judah urges that Benjamin should go with them. It is not against the honour and duty children owe their parents, humbly to advise them, and when needful, to reason with them. Jacob saw the necessity of the case, and yielded. His prudence and justice appeared in three things. 1. He sent back the money they had found in the sack. Honesty obliges us to restore not only that which comes to us by our own fault, but that which comes to us by the mistakes of others. Though we get it by oversight, if we keep it when the oversight is discovered, it is kept by deceit. 2. He sent as much again as they took the time before; the price of corn might be risen, or they might have to pay a ransom for Simeon. 3. He sent a present of such things as the land afforded, and as were scarce in Egypt, balm, and honey, etc. Providence dispenses not its gifts to all alike. But honey and spice will never make up the want of bread-corn. The famine was sore in Canaan, yet they had balm and myrrh, etc. We may live well enough upon plain food, without dainties; but we cannot live upon dainties without plain food. Let us thank God that what is most needful and useful, generally is most cheap and common. Though men value very highly their gold and silver, and the luxuries which are counted the best fruits of every land, yet in a time of famine they willingly barter them for bread. And how little will earthly good things stand us in stead in the day of wrath! How ready should we be to renounce them all, as loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ! Our way to prevail with man is by first prevailing with the Lord in fervent prayer. But, Thy will be done, should close every petition for the mercies of this life, or against the afflictions of this life.
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