New International Version
"No!" he said to them. "You have come to see where our land is unprotected."
King James Bible
And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.
Darby Bible Translation
And he said to them, No; but to see the exposed places of the land are ye come.
World English Bible
He said to them, "No, but you have come to see the nakedness of the land!"
Young's Literal Translation
and he saith unto them, 'No, but the nakedness of the land ye have come to see;'
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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.
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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
We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies."
But they replied, "Your servants were twelve brothers, the sons of one man, who lives in the land of Canaan. The youngest is now with our father, and one is no more."
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