Genesis 43:20
New International Version
"We beg your pardon, our lord," they said, "we came down here the first time to buy food.

New Living Translation
"Sir," they said, "we came to Egypt once before to buy food.

English Standard Version
and said, “Oh, my lord, we came down the first time to buy food.

Berean Study Bible
“Please, sir,” they said, “we really did come down here the first time to buy food.

New American Standard Bible
and said, "Oh, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food,

King James Bible
And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:

Christian Standard Bible
They said, "My lord, we really did come down here the first time only to buy food.

Contemporary English Version
"Sir, we came to Egypt once before to buy grain.

Good News Translation
"If you please, sir, we came here once before to buy food.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They said, "Sir, we really did come down here the first time only to buy food.

International Standard Version
"Your Excellency," they said, "The first time we came here to buy food,

NET Bible
They said, "My lord, we did indeed come down the first time to buy food.

New Heart English Bible
and said, "Oh, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Please, sir," they said, "we came here to buy food once before.

JPS Tanakh 1917
and said: 'Oh my lord, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food.

New American Standard 1977
and said, “Oh, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food,

Jubilee Bible 2000
and said, my lord, we came indeed down the first time to buy food;

King James 2000 Bible
And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:

American King James Version
And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:

American Standard Version
and said, Oh, my lord, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
saying, We pray thee, Sir; we came down at first to buy food.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They said: Sir, we desire thee to hear us: We came down once before to buy food:

Darby Bible Translation
and said, Ah! my lord, we came indeed down at the first to buy food.

English Revised Version
and said, Oh my lord, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:

Webster's Bible Translation
And said, O sir, we came down indeed at the first time to buy food:

World English Bible
and said, "Oh, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food.

Young's Literal Translation
and say, 'O, my lord, we really come down at the commencement to buy food;
Study Bible
Joseph's Hospitality to His Brothers
19So they approached Joseph’s steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house. 20“Please, sir,” they said, “we really did come down here the first time to buy food. 21But when we came to the place we stopped for the night, we opened our sacks and, behold, each of us found his silver in the mouth of his sack! It was the full amount of our money, and we have brought it back with us.…
Cross References
Genesis 43:19
So they approached Joseph's steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.

Genesis 43:21
But when we came to the place we stopped for the night, we opened our sacks and, behold, each of us found his silver in the mouth of his sack! It was the full amount of our money, and we have brought it back with us.

Treasury of Scripture

And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:

we came indeed down.

Genesis 43:3,7
And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you…

Genesis 42:3,10,27,35
And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt…







Lexicon
“Please,
בִּ֣י (bî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 994: Oh that!, with leave, if it please

sir,”
אֲדֹנִ֑י (’ă·ḏō·nî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 113: Sovereign, controller

they said,
וַיֹּאמְר֖וּ (way·yō·mə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“we really did come down
יָרֹ֥ד (yā·rōḏ)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 3381: To come or go down, descend

here the first time
בַּתְּחִלָּ֖ה (bat·tə·ḥil·lāh)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8462: A commencement, rel, original

to buy
לִשְׁבָּר־ (liš·bār-)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7666: To deal in grain

food.
אֹֽכֶל׃ (’ō·ḵel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 400: Food
43:15-25 Jacob's sons went down the second time into Egypt to buy corn. If we should ever know what a famine of the word means, let us not think it much to travel as far for spiritual food, as they did for bodily food. Joseph's steward had orders from his master to take them to his house. Even this frightened them. Those that are guilty make the worst of every thing. But the steward encouraged them. It appears, from what he said, that by his good master he was brought to the knowledge of the true God, the God of the Hebrews. Religious servants should take all fit occasions to speak of God and his providence, with reverence and seriousness.
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