Genesis 42:31
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New International Version
But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies.

New Living Translation
But we said, 'We are honest men, not spies.

English Standard Version
But we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we have never been spies.

Berean Study Bible
But we told him, ‘We are honest men, not spies.

New American Standard Bible
"But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies.

King James Bible
And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:

Christian Standard Bible
But we told him: We are honest and not spies.

Contemporary English Version
But we told him, "We're honest men, not spies.

Good News Translation
'We are not spies,' we answered, 'we are honest men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But we told him: We are honest and not spies.

International Standard Version
But we told him, 'No! We're honest men! We're not spies!

NET Bible
But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies!

New Heart English Bible
We said to him, 'We are honest men. We are no spies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But we said to him, 'We're honest men, not spies.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And we said unto him: We are upright men; we are no spies.

New American Standard 1977
“But we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we are not spies.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And we said unto him, We are men of the truth; we have never been spies.

King James 2000 Bible
And we said unto him, We are honest men; we are no spies:

American King James Version
And we said to him, We are true men; we are no spies:

American Standard Version
And we said unto him, We are true men; and we are no spies:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And we answered him: We are peaceable men, and we mean no plot.

Darby Bible Translation
And we said to him, We are honest; we are not spies:

English Revised Version
And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:

Webster's Bible Translation
And we said to him, We are true men; we are no spies:

World English Bible
We said to him, 'We are honest men. We are no spies.

Young's Literal Translation
and we say unto him, We are right men, we have not been spies,
Study Bible
Joseph's Brothers Return to Canaan
30“The man who is the lord of the land spoke harshly to us and accused us of spying on the country. 31But we told him: ‘We are honest men, not spies. 32We are twelve brothers, sons of one father. One is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in the land of Canaan.’…
Cross References
Genesis 42:11
We are all sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies."

Genesis 42:32
We are twelve brothers, sons of one father. One is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in the land of Canaan.'

Treasury of Scripture

And we said to him, We are true men; we are no spies:

true.

Genesis 42:11 We are all one man's sons; we are true men, your servants are no spies.







And we said unto him, we are true men,.... Honest, upright men, not given to treacherous and treasonable practices, either in the country where they lived, or any other; they came to Egypt with no ill design upon the country, only to buy corn for the relief of their families in necessity:

we are no spies; or never were (e): they had never been guilty of such practices, and never charged with anything of that kind; they denied the charge, and detested the character.

(e) "non fuimus", Montanus; "nunquam fuimus", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Schmidt. 42:29-38 Here is the report Jacob's sons made to their father. It troubled the good man. Even the bundles of money Joseph returned, in kindness, to his father, frightened him. He laid the fault upon his sons; knowing them, he feared they had provoked the Egyptians, and wrongfully brought home their money. Jacob plainly distrusted his sons, remembering that he never saw Joseph since he had been with them. It is bad with a family, when children behave so ill that their parents know not how to trust them. Jacob gives up Joseph for gone, and Simeon and Benjamin as in danger; and concludes, All these things are against me. It proved otherwise, that all these things were for him, were working together for his good, and the good of his family. We often think that to be against us, which is really for us. We are afflicted in body, estate, name, and in our relations; and think all these things are against us, whereas they are really working for us a weight of glory. Thus does the Lord Jesus conceal himself and his favour, thus he rebukes and chastens those for whom he has purposes of love. By sharp corrections and humbling convictions he will break the stoutness and mar the pride of the heart, and bring to true repentance. Yet before sinners fully know him, or taste that he is gracious, he consults their good, and sustains their souls, to wait for him. May we do thus, never yielding to discouragement, determining to seek no other refuge, and humbling ourselves more and more under his mighty hand. In due time he will answer our petitions, and do for us more than we can expect.
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