31 And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:

Other Translations of Genesis 42:31

New International Version

31 But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies.

English Standard Version

31 But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we have never been spies.

The Message

31 We told him, 'We are honest men and in no way spies.

New King James Version

31 But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies.

New Living Translation

31 But we said, 'We are honest men, not spies.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Genesis 42:31

Commentary on Genesis 42:29-38

(Read Genesis 42:29-38)

Here is the report Jacob's sons made to their father. It troubled the good man. Even the bundles of money Joseph returned, in kindness, to his father, frightened him. He laid the fault upon his sons; knowing them, he feared they had provoked the Egyptians, and wrongfully brought home their money. Jacob plainly distrusted his sons, remembering that he never saw Joseph since he had been with them. It is bad with a family, when children behave so ill that their parents know not how to trust them. Jacob gives up Joseph for gone, and Simeon and Benjamin as in danger; and concludes, All these things are against me. It proved otherwise, that all these things were for him, were working together for his good, and the good of his family. We often think that to be against us, which is really for us. We are afflicted in body, estate, name, and in our relations; and think all these things are against us, whereas they are really working for us a weight of glory. Thus does the Lord Jesus conceal himself and his favour, thus he rebukes and chastens those for whom he has purposes of love. By sharp corrections and humbling convictions he will break the stoutness and mar the pride of the heart, and bring to true repentance. Yet before sinners fully know him, or taste that he is gracious, he consults their good, and sustains their souls, to wait for him. May we do thus, never yielding to discouragement, determining to seek no other refuge, and humbling ourselves more and more under his mighty hand. In due time he will answer our petitions, and do for us more than we can expect.