Genesis 44:14
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New International Version
Joseph was still in the house when Judah and his brothers came in, and they threw themselves to the ground before him.

New Living Translation
Joseph was still in his palace when Judah and his brothers arrived, and they fell to the ground before him.

English Standard Version
When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph’s house, he was still there. They fell before him to the ground.

New American Standard Bible
When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, he was still there, and they fell to the ground before him.

King James Bible
And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Judah and his brothers reached Joseph's house, he was still there. They fell to the ground before him."

International Standard Version
Joseph was waiting for them back at his palace when his brothers returned. They fell to the ground in front of him,

NET Bible
So Judah and his brothers came back to Joseph's house. He was still there, and they threw themselves to the ground before him.

New Heart English Bible
Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, and he was still there. They fell on the ground before him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Judah and his brothers arrived at Joseph's house while Joseph was still there. Immediately, they bowed with their faces touching the ground.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house, and he was yet there; and they fell before him on the ground.

New American Standard 1977
When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph’s house, he was still there, and they fell to the ground before him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house, for he was yet there; and they fell before him on the ground.

King James 2000 Bible
And Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.

American King James Version
And Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.

American Standard Version
And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; and he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Juda at the head of his brethren went in to Joseph, (for he was not yet gone out of the place, ) and they altogether fell down before him on the ground.

Darby Bible Translation
And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; and he was still there; and they fell down before him to the ground.

English Revised Version
And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; and he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house, (for he was yet there:) and they fell before him on the ground.

World English Bible
Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, and he was still there. They fell on the ground before him.

Young's Literal Translation
And Judah -- his brethren also -- cometh in unto the house of Joseph, and he is yet there, and they fall before him to the earth;
Study Bible
Benjamin and the Silver Cup
13Then they tore their clothes, and when each man loaded his donkey, they returned to the city. 14When Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, he was still there, and they fell to the ground before him. 15Joseph said to them, "What is this deed that you have done? Do you not know that such a man as I can indeed practice divination?"…
Cross References
Genesis 37:7
for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf."

Genesis 37:10
He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?"
Treasury of Scripture

And Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.

he was yet.

Genesis 43:16,25 And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his …

fell.

Genesis 37:7-9 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, see, my sheaf …

Genesis 50:18 And his brothers also went and fell down before his face; and they …

Philippians 2:10,11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, …

Verses 14-17. - And Judah - who is recognized as the leader in this second embassy to Egypt (Genesis 43:8) - and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he was yet there: - "awaiting, no doubt, the result which he anticipated" (Murphy) - and they fell before him on the ground. The expression indicates a complete prostration of the body. It was a token of their penitence, and a sign that they craved his forgiveness. And Joseph said unto them, - in a speech not of "cruel and haughty irony" (Kalisch), but simply of assumed resentment - What deed is this that we have done! were ye not (or, did you not know?) that such a man as I can certainly divine? - literally, divining can divine (vide on ver. 5). Though Joseph uses this language, and is represented by his steward as possessing a divining cup, there is no reason to suppose that he was in the habit of practicing this heathen superstition. And Judah said (acting throughout this scene as the spokesman of his brethren), What shall we say unto my lord? What shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? (i.e. justify ourselves, or purge ourselves from suspicion). God (literally, the Elohim) hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord's servants (literally, servants to my lord), both we, and he also with whom the cup is found. And he (i.e. Joseph) said, God forbid that I should do so (vide ver. 9): but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father. Thus they were once more tested as to whether they could, as before, callously deliver up their father's favorite, and so bring down the gray hairs of their father to the grave, or would heroically and self-sacrificingly offer their own lives and liberties for his protection (Rosenmüller, Keil, Lange, Murphy, and others). How nobly they stood the test Judah's pathetic supplication reveals. And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house,.... Judah is particularly mentioned because he was the principal spokesman, and was chiefly concerned for the safety of Benjamin, being his surety:

for he was yet there; Joseph was yet at his own house, was not as yet gone to the granaries, to look after the affairs of the corn, and the sale and distribution of it, but was waiting for the return of his brethren, which he expected quickly:

and they fell before him on the ground; not only in a way of reverence, again fulfilling his dream, but as persons in the utmost distress and affliction, throwing themselves at his feet for mercy. 44:1-17 Joseph tried how his brethren felt towards Benjamin. Had they envied and hated the other son of Rachel as they had hated him, and if they had the same want of feeling towards their father Jacob as heretofore, they would now have shown it. When the cup was found upon Benjamin, they would have a pretext for leaving him to be a slave. But we cannot judge what men are now, by what they have been formerly; nor what they will do, by what they have done. The steward charged them with being ungrateful, rewarding evil for good; with folly, in taking away the cup of daily use, which would soon be missed, and diligent search made for it; for so it may be read, Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, as having a particular fondness for it, and for which he would search thoroughly? Or, By which, leaving it carelessly at your table, he would make trial whether you were honest men or not? They throw themselves upon Joseph's mercy, and acknowledge the righteousness of God, perhaps thinking of the injury they had formerly done to Joseph, for which they thought God was now reckoning with them. Even in afflictions wherein we believe ourselves wronged by men, we must own that God is righteous, and finds out our sin.
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