Genesis 42:31

And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:

And we said unto him, we are true men,.... Honest, upright men, not given to treacherous and treasonable practices, either in the country where they lived, or any other; they came to Egypt with no ill design upon the country, only to buy corn for the relief of their families in necessity:

we are no spies; or never were {e}: they had never been guilty of such practices, and never charged with anything of that kind; they denied the charge, and detested the character.

{e} wnyyh al "non fuimus", Montanus; "nunquam fuimus", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Schmidt.