Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Genesis 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.”


Ge 37:7,9; Ge 37:18-28; Ge 42:21,22; Ge 43:8,9; Ge 43:9; Ge 44:9; Ge 44:32; Nu 32:23; De 25:1; Jos 7:1,18; Jud 1:7; Ezr 9:10,15; Job 40:4; Pr 17:15; Pr 28:17; Isa 5:3; Isa 27:9; Da 9:7; Mt 7:2; Lu 12:2; Ac 2:37

NET © Notes

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

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

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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