we told him
Genesis 42:29-34
And they came unto Jacob their father, unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell them, saying,
"The man who is the lord of the land spoke roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.
And we said unto him, `We are true men; we are no spies.
We are twelve brethren, sons of our father. One is no more, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.'
And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, `Hereby shall I know that ye are true men: Leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone;
and bring your youngest brother unto me. Then shall I know that ye are not spies, but that ye are true men; so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffic in the land.'"