10 And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come.

Other Translations of Genesis 42:10

New International Version

10 "No, my lord," they answered. "Your servants have come to buy food.

English Standard Version

10 They said to him, "No, my lord, your servants have come to buy food.

The Message

10 "No, master," they said. "We've only come to buy food.

New King James Version

10 And they said to him, "No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food.

New Living Translation

10 "No, my lord!" they exclaimed. "Your servants have simply come to buy food.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Genesis 42:10

Commentary on Genesis 42:7-20

(Read Genesis 42:7-20)

Joseph was hard upon his brethren, not from a spirit of revenge, but to bring them to repentance. Not seeing his brother Benjamin, he suspected that they had made away with him, and he gave them occasion to speak of their father and brother. God, in his providence, sometimes seems harsh with those he loves, and speaks roughly to those for whom yet he has great mercy in store. Joseph settled at last, that one of them should be left, and the rest go home and fetch Benjamin. It was a very encouraging word he said to them, "I fear God;" as if he had said, You may be assured I will do you no wrong; I dare not, for I know there is one higher than I. With those that fear God, we may expect fair dealing.