Genesis 44:7
New International Version
But they said to him, "Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do anything like that!

New Living Translation
“What are you talking about?” the brothers responded. “We are your servants and would never do such a thing!

English Standard Version
They said to him, “Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing!

Berean Study Bible
“Why does my lord say these things?” they asked. “Your servants could not possibly do such a thing.

King James Bible
And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing:

New King James Version
And they said to him, “Why does my lord say these words? Far be it from us that your servants should do such a thing.

New American Standard Bible
And they said to him, “Why does my lord say such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing!

NASB 1995
They said to him, "Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing.

NASB 1977
And they said to him, “Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing.

Amplified Bible
They said to him, “Why does my lord speak these things? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing!

Christian Standard Bible
They said to him, “Why does my lord say these things? Your servants could not possibly do such a thing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They said to him, "Why does my lord say these things? Your servants could not possibly do such a thing.

American 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And they said to him, Why does our lord speak according to these words? far be it from thy servants to do according to this word.

Contemporary English Version
But they replied, "Sir, why do you say such things? We would never do anything like that!

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they answered: Why doth our lord speak so, as though thy servants had committed so heinous a fact?

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.

Good News Translation
They answered him, "What do you mean, sir, by talking like this? We swear that we have done no such thing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They answered him, "Sir, how can you say such things? We would never think of doing anything like that!

International Standard Version
"Your Excellency," they replied, "Why do you speak like this? Far be it from your servants to act like this.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.

Literal Standard Version
and they say to him, “Why does my lord speak according to these words? Far be it from your servants to do according to this word;

NET Bible
They answered him, "Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing!

New Heart English Bible
But 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.

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;

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
Benjamin and the Silver Cup
6When the steward overtook them, he relayed these words to them. 7“Why does my lord say these things?” they asked. “Your servants could not possibly do such a thing. 8We even brought back to you from the land of Canaan the silver we found in the mouths of our sacks. Why would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house?…

Cross References
Genesis 44:6
When the steward overtook them, he relayed these words to them.

Genesis 44:8
We even brought back to you from the land of Canaan the silver we found in the mouths of our sacks. Why would we steal silver or gold from your master's house?


Treasury of Scripture

And they said to him, Why said my lord these words? God forbid that your servants should do according to this thing:

Genesis 34:25-31
And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males…

Genesis 35:22
And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:

Genesis 37:18-32
And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him…









Verses 7-10. - And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do (literally, for be thy seesaws from doing) according to s thing: behold, the money (literally, the silver), which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan (this was an irrefragable proof of their honesty): how then should we steal out of my lord's house silver or gold? They were even so confident of their innocence that they ventured on a rash proposition. With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen - literally, for servants to my lord. And he (the steward) said, Now also let it be according to your words. So LXX., Vulgate, and commentators generally; but Kalisch reads it as an interrogation, "Is it right according to your words?" meaning that strict justice demanded only the punishment of the thief, as he explained. He with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye (i.e. the others of you) shall be blameless.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
“Why
לָ֚מָּה (lām·māh)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

does my lord
אֲדֹנִ֔י (’ă·ḏō·nî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 113: Sovereign, controller

say
יְדַבֵּ֣ר (yə·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

these
הָאֵ֑לֶּה (hā·’êl·leh)
Article | Pronoun - common plural
Strong's Hebrew 428: These, those

things?”
כַּדְּבָרִ֖ים (kad·də·ḇā·rîm)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

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

“Your servants
לַעֲבָדֶ֔יךָ (la·‘ă·ḇā·ḏe·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5650: Slave, servant

could not possibly
חָלִ֙ילָה֙ (ḥā·lî·lāh)
Interjection | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2486: For, a profaned thing, far be it!

do
מֵעֲשׂ֖וֹת (mê·‘ă·śō·wṯ)
Preposition-m | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

such
הַזֶּֽה׃ (haz·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

a thing.
כַּדָּבָ֥ר (kad·dā·ḇār)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause


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