Genesis 44:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 44:11, NIV: "Each of them quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it."

Genesis 44:11, ESV: "Then each man quickly lowered his sack to the ground, and each man opened his sack."

Genesis 44:11, KJV: "Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack."

Genesis 44:11, NASB: "Then they hurried, each man lowered his sack to the ground, and each man opened his sack."

Genesis 44:11, NLT: "They all quickly took their sacks from the backs of their donkeys and opened them."

Genesis 44:11, CSB: "So each one quickly lowered his sack to the ground and opened it."

What does Genesis 44:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A steward working for Joseph, now the governor of Egypt (Genesis 41:44) has accused 11 men of stealing a valuable silver cup. These men are Joseph's estranged brothers (Genesis 37:24–28), though they don't know it (Genesis 42:7–8). Since none of the men did such a thing, they have denied any wrongdoing (Genesis 44:7–8). They don't realize the steward, himself, placed the cup in Benjamin's sack on Joseph's own order (Genesis 44:1–6). In an act of foolish confidence, the eleven brothers have agreed that if the cup is found in any of their sacks, that man shall become a slave of the Egyptian ruler.

They are so confident that none of them have the cup that they very quickly open all their sacks to be searched.