Context7They said to him, Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing. 8Behold, the money which we found in the mouth of our sacks we have brought back to you from the land of Canaan. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lords house? 9With whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my lords slaves. 10So he said, Now let it also be according to your words; he with whom it is found shall be my slave, and the rest of you shall be innocent. 11Then they hurried, each man lowered his sack to the ground, and each man opened his sack. 12He searched, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest, and the cup was found in Benjamins sack. 13Then they tore their clothes, and when each man loaded his donkey, they returned to the city.
14When Judah and his brothers came to Josephs house, he was still there, and they fell to the ground before him. 15Joseph said to them, What is this deed that you have done? Do you not know that such a man as I can indeed practice divination? 16So Judah said, What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? And how can we justify ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; behold, we are my lords slaves, both we and the one in whose possession the cup has been found. 17But he said, Far be it from me to do this. The man in whose possession the cup has been found, he shall be my slave; but as for you, go up in peace to your father.
18Then Judah approached him, and said, Oh my lord, may your servant please speak a word in my lords ears, and do not be angry with your servant; for you are equal to Pharaoh. 19My lord asked his servants, saying, Have you a father or a brother? 20We said to my lord, We have an old father and a little child of his old age. Now his brother is dead, so he alone is left of his mother, and his father loves him. 21Then you said to your servants, Bring him down to me that I may set my eyes on him. 22But we said to my lord, The lad cannot leave his father, for if he should leave his father, his father would die. 23You said to your servants, however, Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again. 24Thus it came about when we went up to your servant my father, we told him the words of my lord. 25Our father said, Go back, buy us a little food. 26But we said, We cannot go down. If our youngest brother is with us, then we will go down; for we cannot see the mans face unless our youngest brother is with us. 27Your servant my father said to us, You know that my wife bore me two sons; 28and the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces, and I have not seen him since. 29If you take this one also from me, and harm befalls him, you will bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow. 30Now, therefore, when I come to your servant my father, and the lad is not with us, since his life is bound up in the lads life, 31when he sees that the lad is not with us, he will die. Thus your servants will bring the gray hair of your servant our father down to Sheol in sorrow. 32For your servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, If I do not bring him back to you, then let me bear the blame before my father forever. 33Now, therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad a slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers. 34For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with mefor fear that I see the evil that would overtake my father?
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And they said unto him, Wherefore speaketh my lord such words as these? Far be it from thy servants that they should do such a thing.
And they answered: Why doth our lord speak so, as though thy servants had committed so heinous a fact?
Darby Bible Translation
And they said to him, Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from thy servants to do such a thing!
English Revised Version
And they said unto him, Wherefore speaketh my lord such words as these? God forbid that thy servants should do such a thing.
Webster's Bible Translation
And they said to him, Why saith my lord these words? Far be it from us that thy servants should do according to this thing:
World English Bible
They said to him, "Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants that they should do such a thing!
Young's Literal Translation
and they say unto him, 'Why doth my lord speak according to these words? far be it from thy servants to do according to this word;
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