Genesis 44:22

“And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And we said vnto my lord, The lad cannot leaue his father: for if hee should leaue his father, his father would die.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But we said to my lord, 'The lad cannot leave his father, for if he should leave his father, his father would die.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And we said to my lord, His father will not let him go; for if he went away his father would come to his death.
- Basic English Bible

And we said to my lord, The youth cannot leave his father: if he should leave his father, [his father] would die.
- Darby Bible

And we said to my lord, The lad cannot leave his father; for if he should leave his father, his father would die.
- Webster's Bible

We said to my lord, 'The boy can't leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die.'
- World English Bible

and we say unto my lord, The youth is not able to leave his father, when he hath left his father, then he hath died;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And we said unto my lord: The lad cannot leave his father; for if he should leave his father, his father would die.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Genesis 44

  • A disciple
    God made the life of Joseph and all the times that went over him, for being a type of Christ; for giving instruction, and for a law in Israel. As great famine spread over the whole world, in order to bring everyone to "Joseph" for food, and ended up being the means God would deal with "Joseph's" brethren, to bring them to repentance and reconciliation; so the end of this age for the sake of Israel
  • BSP
    Joseph tested his brothers to see if their attitudes had changed. Their protection and self sacrifice for their younger brother Benjamin showed that they had changed their ways.
  • Salomão
    By the truth and love atonement is made, Blessed is the name of the Lord!
  • Dewey J
    Daniel, only the first sentence of your post is correct. The Rest of your post is incorrect because it 's not supported by Scripture in this chapter or any other chapter in the 66 books of the Holy Bible. The conversation your stated in your post between Joseph and Benjamin absolutely didn 't take. God bless us all and also in the understanding of his Word. Glory be to God in the highest through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!
  • Gift
    Matt 44 realy talks about love,forgivnes and fulfilmnt of destny,we should knw dat our destinies must be fulfild no matter wat comes around.GOD Loves us so he gav hs son 2 die for our sins 2 be forgivn exactly wat josph did so we shuld learn hw 2 luv and forgiv ppl dat offend us
  • Jenelle
    Just more proof that God 's Word is true that we reap what we sow. It took many years before truth was revealed about the sins of the brothers but God is faithful and our sins are made known. They thought selling Joseph into slavery would be the end of their little brother, but God 's plan was greater and justice was served. The agony of leaving their youngest brother in Egypt must have felt worse than death its self. They had to suffer emotional anguish over the realization that their father would grieve himself to death over the loss of the last son of his beloved Rachel.

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