Genesis 44:9
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English Standard Version
Whichever of your servants is found with it shall die, and we also will be my lord’s servants.”

King James Bible
With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen.

American Standard Version
With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen.

Douay-Rheims Bible
With whomsoever of thy servants shall be found that which thou seekest, let him die, and we will be the bondmen of my lord.

English Revised Version
With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen.

Webster's Bible Translation
With whom soever of thy servants it shall be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bond-men.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Then as soon as it was light (אור, 3rd pers. perf. in o: Ges. 72, 1), they were sent away with their asses. But they were hardly outside the town, "not far off," when he directed his steward to follow the men, and as soon as he overtook them, to say, "Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good? Is it not this from which my lord drinketh, and he is accustomed to prophesy from it? Ye have done an evil deed!" By these words they were accused of theft; the thing was taken for granted as well known to them all, and the goblet purloined was simply described as a very valuable possession of Joseph's. נחשׁ: lit., to whisper, to mumble out formularies, incantations, then to prophesy, divinare. According to this, the Egyptians at that time practised λεκανοσκοπίη or λεκανομαντεία and ὑδρομαντεία, the plate and water incantations, of which Jamblichus speaks (de myst. iii. 14), and which consisted in pouring clean water into a goblet, and then looking into the water for representations of future events; or in pouring water into a goblet or dish, dropping in pieces of gold and silver, also precious stones, and then observing and interpreting the appearances in the water (cf. Varro apud August. civ. Dei 7, 35; Plin. h. n. 37, 73; Strabo, xvi. p. 762). Traces of this have been continued even to our own day (see Norden's Journey through Egypt and Nubia). But we cannot infer with certainty from this, that Joseph actually adopted this superstitious practice. The intention of the statement may simply have been to represent the goblet as a sacred vessel, and Joseph as acquainted with the most secret things (Genesis 44:15).

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Genesis 31:32 With whomsoever you find your gods, let him not live: before our brothers discern you what is your with me, and take it to you...

Job 31:38-40 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain...

Psalm 7:3-5 O LORD my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands...

Acts 25:11 For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die...

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Genesis 43:18 And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's house; and they said...

Cross References
Genesis 31:32
Anyone with whom you find your gods shall not live. In the presence of our kinsmen point out what I have that is yours, and take it." Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.

Genesis 44:10
He said, "Let it be as you say: he who is found with it shall be my servant, and the rest of you shall be innocent."

Genesis 44:16
And Judah said, "What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak? Or how can we clear ourselves? God has found out the guilt of your servants; behold, we are my lord's servants, both we and he also in whose hand the cup has been found."

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