New International Version
So they went up to Joseph's steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.
King James Bible
And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house, and they communed with him at the door of the house,
Darby Bible Translation
And they came up to the man that was over Joseph's house, and they spoke to him at the door of the house,
World English Bible
They came near to the steward of Joseph's house, and they spoke to him at the door of the house,
Young's Literal Translation
And they come nigh unto the man who is over the house of Joseph, and speak unto him at the opening of the house,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And the men were afraid - A guilty conscience needs no accuser. Every thing alarms them; they now feel that God is exacting retribution, and they know not what the degrees shall be, nor where it shall stop.
Fall upon us - התגלל עלינו hithgolel alainu, roll himself upon us. A metaphor taken from wrestlers; when a man has overthrown his antagonist, he rolls himself upon him, in order to keep him down.
And our asses - Which they probably had in great number with them; and which, if captured, would have been a great loss to the family of Jacob, as such cattle must have constituted a principal part of its riches.
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The Old Testament opens very impressively. In measured and dignified language it introduces the story of Israel's origin and settlement upon the land of Canaan (Gen.--Josh.) by the story of creation, i.-ii. 4a, and thus suggests, at the very beginning, the far-reaching purpose and the world-wide significance of the people and religion of Israel. The narrative has not travelled far till it becomes apparent that its dominant interests are to be religious and moral; for, after a pictorial sketch of …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Now the men were frightened when they were taken to his house. They thought, "We were brought here because of the silver that was put back into our sacks the first time. He wants to attack us and overpower us and seize us as slaves and take our donkeys."
"We beg your pardon, our lord," they said, "we came down here the first time to buy food.
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