Genesis 42:11
New International Version
We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies."

New Living Translation
We are all brothers--members of the same family. We are honest men, sir! We are not spies!"

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

Berean Study Bible
We are all sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies.”

New American Standard Bible
"We are all sons of one man; we are honest men, your servants are not spies."

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

Christian Standard Bible
"We are all sons of one man. We are honest; your servants are not spies."

Contemporary English Version
We're honest men, and we come from the same family--we're not spies."

Good News Translation
We are all brothers. We are not spies, sir, we are honest men."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We are all sons of one man. We are honest; your servants are not spies.""

International Standard Version
We're all sons of a common father. We're honest men, your majesty. We're not spies!"

NET Bible
We are all the sons of one man; we are honest men! Your servants are not spies."

New Heart English Bible
We are all one man's sons; we are honest men. Your servants are not spies."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We're all sons of one man. We're honest men, not spies."

JPS Tanakh 1917
We are all one man's sons; we are upright men, thy servants are no spies.'

New American Standard 1977
“We are all sons of one man; we are honest men, your servants are not spies.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
We are all one man's sons; we are men of the truth, thy slaves have never been spies.

King James 2000 Bible
We are all one man's sons; we are honest men, your servants are no spies.

American King James Version
We are all one man's sons; we are true men, your servants are no spies.

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
we are all sons of one man; we are peaceable, thy servants are not 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.

Darby Bible Translation
We are all one man's sons; we are honest: thy servants are not spies.

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.

World English Bible
We are all one man's sons; we are honest men. Your servants are not spies."

Young's Literal Translation
we are all of us sons of one man, we are right men; thy servants have not been spies;'
Study Bible
Joseph's Brothers Sent to Egypt
10“Not so, my lord,” they replied. “Your servants have come to buy food. 11We are all sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies.” 12“No,” he told them. “You have come to see if our land is vulnerable.”…
Cross References
Genesis 42:12
"No," he told them. "You have come to see if our land is vulnerable."

Genesis 42:16
Send one of your number to get your brother; the rest of you will be confined so that the truth of your words may be tested. If they are untrue, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!"

Genesis 42:19
If you are honest, leave one of your brothers in custody while the rest of you go and take back grain to relieve the hunger of your households.

Genesis 42:31
But we told him, 'We are honest men, not spies.

Treasury of Scripture

We are all one man's sons; we are true men, your servants are no spies.

We are, etc.

true men.

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

John 7:18
He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

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







Lexicon
We
נָ֑חְנוּ (nā·ḥə·nū)
Pronoun - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5168: We

are all
כֻּלָּ֕נוּ (kul·lā·nū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

sons
בְּנֵ֥י (bə·nê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

of one
אֶחָ֖ד (’e·ḥāḏ)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 259: United, one, first

man.
אִישׁ־ (’îš-)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

Your servants
עֲבָדֶ֖יךָ (‘ă·ḇā·ḏe·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5650: Slave, servant

are
הָי֥וּ (hā·yū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

honest [men],
כֵּנִ֣ים (kê·nîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3651: So -- thus

not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

spies.”
מְרַגְּלִֽים׃ (mə·rag·gə·lîm)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7270: To walk along, to reconnoiter, to be a, tale-bearer, to lead about
(11) We are all one man's sons.--Joseph's brethren had probably expected this accusation, and their answer, as Abravanel points out, is a sound one: for no man would send his whole family on so dangerous an errand. And thus they press their family relations as a proof of their being true, that is, honest, just men, with no evil designs; and Joseph, who was glad in this way to obtain intelligence of his father and Benjamin, finally, after persisting in the accusation until he had learned all he wished to know, accepts their argument as valid.

42:7-20 Joseph was hard upon his brethren, not from a spirit of revenge, but to bring them to repentance. Not seeing his brother Benjamin, he suspected that they had made away with him, and he gave them occasion to speak of their father and brother. God, in his providence, sometimes seems harsh with those he loves, and speaks roughly to those for whom yet he has great mercy in store. Joseph settled at last, that one of them should be left, and the rest go home and fetch Benjamin. It was a very encouraging word he said to them, I fear God; as if he had said, You may be assured I will do you no wrong; I dare not, for I know there is one higher than I. With those that fear God, we may expect fair dealing.
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