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

New Living Translation
"Why were you so cruel to me?" Jacob moaned. "Why did you tell him you had another brother?"

English Standard Version
Israel said, “Why did you treat me so badly as to tell the man that you had another brother?”

New American Standard Bible
Then Israel said, "Why did you treat me so badly by telling the man whether you still had another brother?"

King James Bible
And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why did you cause me so much trouble?" Israel asked. "Why did you tell the man that you had another brother?"

International Standard Version
Israel replied, "Why did you make all this trouble by telling the man that you have another brother?"

NET Bible
Israel said, "Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man you had one more brother?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Israel asked, "Why have you made trouble for me by telling the man you had another brother?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Israel said, Why did ye such evil unto me as to tell the man that ye had another brother?

King James 2000 Bible
And Israel said, Why dealt you so ill with me, as to tell the man whether you had yet a brother?

American King James Version
And Israel said, Why dealt you so ill with me, as to tell the man whether you had yet a brother?

American Standard Version
And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Israel said to them: You have done this for my misery in that you told him you had also another brother.

Darby Bible Translation
And Israel said, Why did ye deal [so] ill with me [as] to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?

English Revised Version
And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?

Webster's Bible Translation
And Israel said, Why dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?

World English Bible
Israel said, "Why did you treat me so badly, telling the man that you had another brother?"

Young's Literal Translation
And Israel saith, 'Why did ye evil to me, by declaring to the man that ye had yet a brother?'
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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - And Israel said, - this is the second time that Jacob is so designated in the history of Joseph, the first time being in Genesis 37, which recites the sad account of Joseph's disappearance from the family circle. The recurrence of what may eventually prove another breach in the theocratic family is probably the circumstance that revives the name Israel, which besides seems to prevail throughout the chapter (vide vers. 8, 11) - Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother! literally, whether yet to you a brother (sc. there was).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Israel said,.... In answer to the speech of Judah:

wherefore dealt ye so ill with me; had done that which brought so much evil upon him, gave him so much grief and trouble, and threw him into such perplexity and distress, that he knew not what to do, or course to take:

as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother? which he thought was done imprudently and unadvisedly, and that there was no need of it; which, had it not been done, would have prevented this anxiety of mind he was now in, and the mischief he feared would follow.1



Genesis 43:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Return to Egypt with Benjamin
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?" 7But they said, "The man questioned particularly about us and our relatives, saying, 'Is your father still alive? Have you another brother?' So we answered his questions. Could we possibly know that he would say, 'Bring your brother down '?"…
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Genesis 43:5
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.'"

Genesis 43:7
They replied, "The man questioned us closely about ourselves and our family. 'Is your father still living?' he asked us. 'Do you have another brother?' We simply answered his questions. How were we to know he would say, 'Bring your brother down here'?"
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