Genesis 43:28
New International Version
They replied, "Your servant our father is still alive and well." And they bowed down, prostrating themselves before him.

New Living Translation
“Yes,” they replied. “Our father, your servant, is alive and well.” And they bowed low again.

English Standard Version
They said, “Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.” And they bowed their heads and prostrated themselves.

Berean Study Bible
“Your servant our father is well,” they answered. “He is still alive.” And they bowed down to honor him.

King James Bible
And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.

New King James Version
And they answered, “Your servant our father is in good health; he is still alive.” And they bowed their heads down and prostrated themselves.

New American Standard Bible
And they said, “Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.” Then they bowed down again in homage.

NASB 1995
They said, "Your servant our father is well; he is still alive." They bowed down in homage.

NASB 1977
And they said, “Your servant our father is well; he is still alive.” And they bowed down in homage.

Amplified Bible
And they answered, “Your servant our father is in good health; he is still alive.” And they bowed down [their heads before Joseph] in respect.

Christian Standard Bible
They answered, “Your servant our father is well. He is still alive.” And they knelt low and paid homage to him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They answered, "Your servant our father is well. He is still alive." And they bowed down to honor him.

American Standard Version
And they said, Thy servant our father is well, he is yet alive. And they bowed the head, and made obeisance.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they said, “Your Servant our father is well”, and they said to him, “He is still living” and they knelt and they bowed.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And they said, Thy servant our father is well; he is yet alive. And he said, Blessed be that man by God; - and they bowed, and did him reverence.

Contemporary English Version
They answered, "Your servant our father is still alive and well." And again they bowed down to Joseph.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they answered: Thy servant our father is in health, he is yet living. And bowing themselves they made obeisance to him.

English Revised Version
And they said, Thy servant our father is well, he is yet alive. And they bowed the head, and made obeisance.

Good News Translation
They answered, "Your humble servant, our father, is still alive and well." And they knelt and bowed down before him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They answered, "Yes, sir. Our father is alive and well." Then they knelt, bowing down.

International Standard Version
"Your servant, our father, is doing well," they replied. "He is still alive." Then they bowed down in humility.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they said: 'Thy servant our father is well, he is yet alive.' And they bowed the head, and made obeisance.

Literal Standard Version
And they say, “Your servant our father [is] well, he is yet alive”; and they bow, and pay respect.

NET Bible
"Your servant our father is well," they replied. "He is still alive." They bowed down in humility.

New Heart English Bible
And they answered, "Your servant, our father, is well. He is still alive." Then he said, "Blessed be that man by God." And they bowed and prostrated themselves.

World English Bible
They said, "Your servant, our father, is well. He is still alive." They bowed the head, and did homage.

Young's Literal Translation
and they say, 'Thy servant our father is well, he is yet alive;' and they bow, and do obeisance.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Joseph's Hospitality to His Brothers
27He asked if they were well, and then he asked, “How is your elderly father you told me about? Is he still alive?” 28“Your servant our father is well,” they answered. “He is still alive.” And they bowed down to honor him. 29When Joseph looked up and saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother’s son, he asked, “Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?” Then he declared, “May God be gracious to you, my son.”…

Cross References
Genesis 37:7
We were binding sheaves of grain in the field, and suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to mine."

Genesis 37:10
He told his father and brothers, but his father rebuked him and said, "What is this dream that you have had? Will your mother and brothers and I actually come and bow down to the ground before you?"

Exodus 18:7
So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. They greeted each other and went into the tent.


Treasury of Scripture

And they answered, Your servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.

bowed.

Genesis 43:26
And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.

Genesis 37:7,9,10
For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf…

made obeisance.

Exodus 18:7
And Moses went out to meet his father in law, and did obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare; and they came into the tent.

2 Samuel 1:2
It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.

2 Samuel 14:4
And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O king.









(28) They bowed down.--This was the literal fulfilment of the first dream concerning the eleven sheaves making obeisance. As their business in Egypt was to buy corn, there was a fitness also in their being represented as sheaves.

Verse 28. - And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“Your servant
לְעַבְדְּךָ֥ (lə·‘aḇ·də·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5650: Slave, servant

our father
לְאָבִ֖ינוּ (lə·’ā·ḇî·nū)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's 1: Father

is well,”
שָׁל֛וֹם (šā·lō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7965: Safe, well, happy, friendly, welfare, health, prosperity, peace

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

“He is still
עוֹדֶ֣נּוּ (‘ō·w·ḏen·nū)
Adverb | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5750: Iteration, continuance, again, repeatedly, still, more

alive.”
חָ֑י (ḥāy)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

And they bowed down
וַֽיִּקְּד֖וּ (way·yiq·qə·ḏū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 6915: To shrivel up, contract, bend the body, in deference

to honor him.
וַיִּֽשְׁתַּחֲוּֽוּ׃‪‬‪‬ (way·yiš·ta·ḥăw·wū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7812: To depress, prostrate


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