New International Version
We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies."
King James Bible
We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.
Darby Bible Translation
We are all one man's sons; we are honest: thy servants are not spies.
World English Bible
We are all one man's sons; we are honest men. Your servants are not spies."
Young's Literal Translation
we are all of us sons of one man, we are right men; thy servants have not been spies;'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
We are all one man's sons - We do not belong to different tribes, and it is not likely that one family would make a hostile attempt upon a whole kingdom. This seems to be the very ground that Joseph took, viz., that they were persons belonging to different tribes. Against this particularly they set up their defense, asserting that they all belonged to one family; and it is on the proof of this that Joseph puts them, Genesis 42:15, in obliging them to leave one as a hostage, and insisting on their bringing their remaining brother; so that he took exactly the same precautions to detect them as if he had had no acquaintance with them, and had every reason to be suspicious.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
We are, etc. We do not belong to different tribes; and it is not likely that one family would make a hostile attempt upon a whole kingdom; nor, if any serious design had been intended, that one man would have sent his sons on so hazardous an expedition.
LibraryCorn in Egypt
Now, there are very few minds that can make parables. The fact is, I do not know of but one good allegory in the English language, and that is, the "Pilgrim's Progress in Parables, pictures, and analogies are not so easy as some think; most men can understand them, but few can create them. Happy for us who are ministers of Christ, we have no great trouble about this matter; we have not to make parables; they are made for us. I believe that Old Testament history has for one of its designs the furnishing …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859
Spiritual Hunger Shall be Satisfied
"No!" he said to them. "You have come to see where our land is unprotected."
Send one of your number to get your brother; the rest of you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be tested to see if you are telling the truth. If you are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!"
If you are honest men, let one of your brothers stay here in prison, while the rest of you go and take grain back for your starving households.
But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies.
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