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Genesis 44:16

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44:16 Judah replied, “What can we say 1  to my lord? What can we speak? How can we clear ourselves? 2  God has exposed the sin of your servants! 3  We are now my lord’s slaves, we and the one in whose possession the cup was found.”

1 tn The imperfect verbal form here indicates the subject’s potential.

2 tn The Hitpael form of the verb צָדֵק (tsadeq) here means “to prove ourselves just, to declare ourselves righteous, to prove our innocence.”

3 sn God has exposed the sin of your servants. The first three questions are rhetorical; Judah is stating that there is nothing they can say to clear themselves. He therefore must conclude that they have been found guilty.



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