Genesis 43:10

“For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 43:10

For except we had lingred, surely now wee had returned this second time.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For if we had not delayed, surely by now we could have returned twice."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

for except we had lingered, surely we had now returned a second time.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Truly, if we had not let the time go by, we might have come back again by now.
- Basic English Bible

For had we not lingered, we should now certainly have returned already twice.
- Darby Bible

For except we had delayed, surely now we had returned this second time.
- Webster's Bible

for if we hadn't delayed, surely we would have returned a second time by now."
- World English Bible

for if we had not lingered, surely now we had returned these two times.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

For except we had lingered, surely we had now returned a second time.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 43:10

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 43:10

43:9 Judah's conscience had lately smitten him for what he had done a great while ago against Joseph; and as an evidence of the truth of his repentance, he is ready to undertake, as far as a man could do it, for Benjamin's security. He will not only not wrong him but will do all he can to protect him. This is such restitution as the case will admit: when he knew not how he could retrieve Joseph, he would make some amends for the irreparable injury he had done him, by doubling his care concerning Benjamin.

43:11 If it must be so now, take your brother - If no corn can be had but upon those terms, as good expose him to the perils of the journey, as suffer ourselves and families, and Benjamin among the rest, to perish for want of bread: it is no fault, but our wisdom and duty, to alter our resolutions when there is a good reason for so doing: constancy is a virtue, but obstinacy is not: it is God's prerogative to make unchangeable resolves.

43:12 Take double money - As much again as they took the time before, upon supposition that the price of corn might be risen, or that, if it should be insisted upon, they might pay a ransom for Simeon. And he sent a present of such things as the land afforded, and were scarce in Egypt, the commodities that Canaan exported.

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