Genesis 42:11
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English Standard Version
We are all sons of one man. We are honest men. Your servants have never been spies.”

King James Bible
We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.

American Standard Version
We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We are all the sons of one man: we are come as peaceable men, neither do thy servants go about any evil.

English Revised Version
We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.

Webster's Bible Translation
We are all one man's sons; we are true men; thy servants are no spies.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

With the words "Why do ye look at one another!" viz., in such a helpless and undecided manner. Jacob exhorted his sons to fetch corn from Egypt, to preserve his family from starvation. Joseph's ten brothers went, as their aged father would not allow his youngest son Benjamin to go with them, for fear that some calamity might befall him (קרא equals קרה, Genesis 44:29 as in Genesis 42:38 and Genesis 49:1); and they came "in the midst of the comers," i.e., among others who came from the same necessity, and bowed down before Joseph with their faces to the earth. For he was "the ruler over the land," and had the supreme control of the sale of the corn, so that they were obliged to apply to him. השּׁלּיט seems to have been the standing title which the Shemites gave to Joseph as ruler in Egypt; and from this the later legend of Σάλατις the first king of the Hyksos arose (Josephus c. Ap. i. 14). The only other passages in which the word occurs in the Old Testament are in writings of the captivity or a still later date, and there it is taken from the Chaldee; it belongs, however, not merely to the Aramaean thesaurus, but to the Arabic also, from which it was introduced into the passage before us.

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We are, etc. We do not belong to different tribes; and it is not likely that one family would make a hostile attempt upon a whole kingdom; nor, if any serious design had been intended, that one man would have sent his sons on so hazardous an expedition.

true men.

Genesis 42:19,33,34 If you be true men, let one of your brothers be bound in the house of your prison: go you, carry corn for the famine of your houses...

John 7:18 He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory: but he that seeks his glory that sent him, the same is true...

2 Corinthians 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

Cross References
Genesis 42:12
He said to them, "No, it is the nakedness of the land that you have come to see."

Genesis 42:16
Send one of you, and let him bring your brother, while you remain confined, that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you. Or else, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies."

Genesis 42:19
if you are honest men, let one of your brothers remain confined where you are in custody, and let the rest go and carry grain for the famine of your households,

Genesis 42:31
But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we have never been spies.

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