Genesis 44:6
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English Standard Version
When he overtook them, he spoke to them these words.

King James Bible
And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words.

American Standard Version
And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these words.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He did as he had commanded him. And having overtaken them, he spoke to them the same words.

English Revised Version
And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these words.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he overtook them, and he spoke to them these same words.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The brothers sat in front of Joseph, "the first-born according to his birthright, and the smallest (youngest) according to his smallness (youth);" i.e., the places were arranged for them according to their ages, so that they looked at one another with astonishment, since this arrangement necessarily impressed them with the idea that this great man had been supernaturally enlightened as to their family affairs. To do them honour, they brought (ישּׂא, Ges. 137, 3) them dishes from Joseph, i.e., from his table; and to show especial honour to Benjamin, his portion was five times larger than that of any of the others (ידות lit., hands, grasps, as in Genesis 47:24; 2 Kings 11:7). The custom is met with elsewhere of showing respect to distinguished guests by giving them the largest and best pieces (1 Samuel 9:23-24; Homer, Il. 7, 321; 8, 162, etc.), by double portions (e.g., the kings among the Spartans, Herod. 6, 57), and even by fourfold portions in the case of the Archons among the Cretans (Heraclid. polit., 3). But among the Egyptians the number 5 appears to have been preferred to any other (cf. Genesis 41:34; Genesis 45:22; Genesis 47:2, Genesis 47:24; Isaiah 19:18). By this partiality Joseph intended, with a view to his further plans, to draw out his brethren to show their real feelings towards Benjamin, that he might see whether they would envy and hate him on account of this distinction, as they had formerly envied him his long coat with sleeves, and hated him because he was his father's favourite (Genesis 37:3-4). This honourable treatment and entertainment banished all their anxiety and fear. "They drank, and drank largely with him," i.e., they were perfectly satisfied with what they ate and drank; not, they were intoxicated (cf. Haggai 1:9).

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Genesis 44:5
Is it not from this that my lord drinks, and by this that he practices divination? You have done evil in doing this.'"

Genesis 44:7
They said to him, "Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing!

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