Genesis 43:5
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New International Version
But if you will not send him, we will not go down, because the man said to us, 'You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.'"

New Living Translation
But if you don't let Benjamin go, we won't go either. Remember, the man said, 'You won't see my face again unless your brother is with you.'"

English Standard Version
But if you will not send him, we will not go down, for the man said to us, ‘You shall not see my face, unless your brother is with you.’”

New American Standard Bible
"But if you do not send him, we will not go down; for the man said to us, 'You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.'"

King James Bible
But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if you will not send him, we will not go, for the man said to us, 'You will not see me again unless your brother is with you.'""

International Standard Version
But if you don't send him, we're not going, because the man told us, 'You'll never see my face unless your brother is with you.'"

NET Bible
But if you will not send him, we won't go down there because the man said to us, 'You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you won't let him go, we won't go. The man said to us, 'You won't be allowed to see me again unless your brother is with you.'"

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down; for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.

King James 2000 Bible
But if you will not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, You shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.

American King James Version
But if you will not send him, we will not go down: for the man said to us, You shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.

American Standard Version
but if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down; for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if thou wilt not, we will not go: for the man, as we have often said, declared unto us, saying: You shall not see my face without your youngest brother.

Darby Bible Translation
but if thou do not send [him], we will not go down, for the man said to us, Ye shall not see my face, unless your brother be with you.

English Revised Version
but if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down, for the man said to us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.

World English Bible
but if you'll not send him, we'll not go down, for the man said to us, 'You shall not see my face, unless your brother is with you.'"

Young's Literal Translation
and if thou art not sending -- we do not go down, for the man said unto us, Ye do not see my face without your brother being with you.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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, &c. 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, &c. 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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down,.... This they said not as undutiful, and from a spirit of rebellion and disobedience to their father, or of stubbornness and obstinacy, but because they durst not go down, nor could they with any safety; they might expect to be taken up as spies, and put to death as they were threatened; and besides, it would be in vain, and to no purpose, since there was no likelihood of succeeding, or of getting any provision:

for the man said unto us, ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you; which they repeat both for the confirmation of it, and as an apology for themselves, to clear them from any charge of unfaithfulness.



Genesis 43:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Return to Egypt with Benjamin
4"If you send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food. 5"But if you do not send him, we will not go down; for the man said to us, 'You will not see my face unless your brother is with you.'" 6Then Israel said, "Why did you treat me so badly by telling the man whether you still had another brother?"…
Cross References
Genesis 42:20
But you must bring your youngest brother to me, so that your words may be verified and that you may not die." This they proceeded to do.

Genesis 43:3
But Judah said to him, "The man warned us solemnly, 'You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.'

Genesis 43:4
If you will send our brother along with us, we will go down and buy food for you.

Genesis 43:6
Israel asked, "Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man you had another brother?"

Genesis 44:23
But you told your servants, 'Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.'
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But if you will not send him, we will not go down: for the man said to us, You shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.

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