Genesis 44:7
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New International Version
But they said to him, "Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do anything like that!

New Living Translation
"What are you talking about?" the brothers responded. "We are your servants and would never do such a thing!

English Standard Version
They said to him, “Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing!

New American Standard Bible
They said to him, "Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing.

King James Bible
And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They said to him, "Why does my lord say these things? Your servants could not possibly do such a thing.

International Standard Version
"Your Excellency," they replied, "Why do you speak like this? Far be it from your servants to act like this.

NET Bible
They answered him, "Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing!

New Heart English Bible
They said to him, "Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants that they should do such a thing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They answered him, "Sir, how can you say such things? We would never think of doing anything like that!

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they said unto him: 'Wherefore speaketh my lord such words as these? Far be it from thy servants that they should do such a thing.

New American Standard 1977
And they said to him, “Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they said unto him, Why saith my lord these words? In no wise should thy slaves do according to this thing.

King James 2000 Bible
And they said unto him, Why says my lord these words? God forbid that your servants should do according to this thing:

American King James Version
And they said to him, Why said my lord these words? God forbid that your servants should do according to this thing:

American Standard Version
And they said unto him, Wherefore speaketh my lord such words as these? Far be it from thy servants that they should do such a thing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they answered: Why doth our lord speak so, as though thy servants had committed so heinous a fact?

Darby Bible Translation
And they said to him, Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from thy servants to do such a thing!

English Revised Version
And they said unto him, Wherefore speaketh my lord such words as these? God forbid that thy servants should do such a thing.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they said to him, Why saith my lord these words? Far be it from us that thy servants should do according to this thing:

World English Bible
They said to him, "Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants that they should do such a thing!

Young's Literal Translation
and they say unto him, 'Why doth my lord speak according to these words? far be it from thy servants to do according to this word;
Study Bible
Benjamin and the Silver Cup
6So he overtook them and spoke these words to them. 7They said to him, "Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing. 8"Behold, the money which we found in the mouth of our sacks we have brought back to you from the land of Canaan. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord's house?…
Cross References
Genesis 44:6
So he overtook them and spoke these words to them.

Genesis 44:8
"Behold, the money which we found in the mouth of our sacks we have brought back to you from the land of Canaan. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord's house?
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Verses 7-10. - And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do (literally, for be thy seesaws from doing) according to s thing: behold, the money (literally, the silver), which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan (this was an irrefragable proof of their honesty): how then should we steal out of my lord's house silver or gold? They were even so confident of their innocence that they ventured on a rash proposition. With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen - literally, for servants to my lord. And he (the steward) said, Now also let it be according to your words. So LXX., Vulgate, and commentators generally; but Kalisch reads it as an interrogation, "Is it right according to your words?" meaning that strict justice demanded only the punishment of the thief, as he explained. He with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye (i.e. the others of you) shall be blameless. And they said unto him, wherefore saith my lord these words?.... One of them, in the name of the rest, perhaps Judah, made answer, as astonished at the charge laid against them, suggesting that there was not the least foundation for it, and were quite surprised to hear anything of this kind alleged against them:

God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing; expressing the utmost detestation of such a fact, as being what they could never be guilty of. 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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