Genesis 44:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 44:19, NIV: "My lord asked his servants, 'Do you have a father or a brother?'"

Genesis 44:19, ESV: "My lord asked his servants, saying, ‘Have you a father, or a brother?’"

Genesis 44:19, KJV: "My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother?"

Genesis 44:19, NASB: "My lord asked his servants, saying, ‘Have you a father or a brother?’"

Genesis 44:19, NLT: "'My lord, previously you asked us, your servants, 'Do you have a father or a brother?'"

Genesis 44:19, CSB: "My lord asked his servants, 'Do you have a father or a brother? '"

What does Genesis 44:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Judah is boldly speaking to the Egyptian ruler who holds Benjamin's fate in his hands (Genesis 44:12–17). He hopes to soften the man's heart toward Benjamin, Jacob, and the rest of them by telling the story of what has happened in their family. Judah does not yet know the man to whom he speaks is his own brother, Joseph—the one he'd sold into slavery twenty years ago (Genesis 42:7–8, 21–23).

He reminds Joseph that he had asked, during their first trip to Egypt to buy grain, whether the ten brothers had a father or another brother (Genesis 42:9–13). Joseph, of course, remembers it all perfectly, but he will let Judah make his speech.