Genesis 44:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 44:7, NIV: But they said to him, 'Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do anything like that!

Genesis 44:7, ESV: They said to him, “Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing!

Genesis 44:7, KJV: And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing:

Genesis 44:7, NASB: And they said to him, 'Why does my lord say such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing!

Genesis 44:7, NLT: 'What are you talking about?' the brothers responded. 'We are your servants and would never do such a thing!

Genesis 44:7, CSB: They said to him, "Why does my lord say these things? Your servants could not possibly do such a thing.

What does Genesis 44:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A steward working for Joseph (Genesis 41:44) has overtaken Joseph's estranged brothers (Genesis 42:7–8) just as they began their journey back to Canaan (Genesis 44:1–3). On Joseph's orders, he has accused them of returning his master's good with evil by stealing the Egyptian ruler's own personal silver cup (Genesis 44:4–6).

As one would expect, they protest loudly. They are bewildered. They have no idea that the steward himself has placed the cup in Benjamin's sack (Genesis 44:2). The brothers even question why the steward would even make such a suggestion. They insist that they would never do such a thing. In the following verses, they will rashly offer to prove their innocence at the risk of their own lives (Genesis 44:9).