New International Version
"We beg your pardon, our lord," they said, "we came down here the first time to buy food.
King James Bible
And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:
Darby Bible Translation
and said, Ah! my lord, we came indeed down at the first to buy food.
World English Bible
and said, "Oh, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food.
Young's Literal Translation
and say, 'O, my lord, we really come down at the commencement to buy food;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
O sir, we came indeed - to buy food - There is a frankness now in the conduct of Joseph's brethren that did not exist before; they simply and honestly relate the whole circumstance of the money being found in their sacks on their return from their last journey. Afflictions from the hand of God, and under his direction, have a wonderful tendency to humble the soul. Did men know how gracious his designs are in sending such, no murmur would ever be heard against the dispensations of Divine Providence.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
we came indeed down. Heb. coming down we came down.
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
So they went up to Joseph's steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.
But at the place where we stopped for the night we opened our sacks and each of us found his silver--the exact weight--in the mouth of his sack. So we have brought it back with us.
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