Genesis 45:5
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New International Version
And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.

New Living Translation
But don't be upset, and don't be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.

English Standard Version
And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.

New American Standard Bible
"Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.

King James Bible
Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And now don't be worried or angry with yourselves for selling me here, because God sent me ahead of you to preserve life.

International Standard Version
"But don't be distressed or angry at yourselves because you sold me here, because God sent me ahead of you all in order to deliver us.

NET Bible
Now, do not be upset and do not be angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you to preserve life!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now, don't be sad or angry with yourselves that you sold me. God sent me ahead of you to save lives.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves that ye sold me here, for God sent me before you for life.

King James 2000 Bible
Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me here: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

American King James Version
Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me here: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

American Standard Version
And now be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not afraid, and let it not seem to you a hard case that you sold me into these countries: for God sent me before you into Egypt for your preservation.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, be not grieved, and be not angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither, for God sent me before you to preserve life.

English Revised Version
And now be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither; for God sent me before you to preserve life.

World English Bible
Now don't be grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.

Young's Literal Translation
and now, be not grieved, nor let it be displeasing in your eyes that ye sold me hither, for to preserve life hath God sent me before you.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

45:1-15 Joseph let Judah go on, and heard all he had to say. He found his brethren humbled for their sins, mindful of himself, for Judah had mentioned him twice in his speech, respectful to their father, and very tender of their brother Benjamin. Now they were ripe for the comfort he designed, by making himself known. Joseph ordered all his attendants to withdraw. Thus Christ makes himself and his loving-kindness known to his people, out of the sight and hearing of the world. Joseph shed tears of tenderness and strong affection, and with these threw off that austerity with which he had hitherto behaved toward his brethren. This represents the Divine compassion toward returning penitents. I am Joseph, your brother. This would humble them yet more for their sin in selling him, but would encourage them to hope for kind treatment. Thus, when Christ would convince Paul, he said, I am Jesus; and when he would comfort his disciples, he said, It is I, be not afraid. When Christ manifests himself to his people, he encourages them to draw near to him with a true heart. Joseph does so, and shows them, that whatever they thought to do against him, God had brought good out of it. Sinners must grieve and be angry with themselves for their sins, though God brings good out of it, for that is no thanks to them. The agreement between all this, and the case of a sinner, on Christ's manifesting himself to his soul, is very striking. He does not, on this account, think sin a less, but a greater evil; and yet he is so armed against despair, as even to rejoice in what God hath wrought, while he trembles in thinking of the dangers and destruction from which he has escaped. Joseph promises to take care of his father and all the family. It is the duty of children, if the necessity of their parents at any time require it, to support and supply them to the utmost of their ability; this is showing piety at home, 1Ti 5:4. After Joseph had embraced Benjamin, he caressed them all, and then his brethren talked with him freely of all the affairs of their father's house. After the tokens of true reconciliation with the Lord Jesus, sweet communion with him follows.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now therefore be not grieved,.... To an excess, so as to be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow; otherwise it became them to be grieved for their sin, and to show a godly sorrow and true repentance for it:

nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither; reflect upon themselves, and afflict themselves in an immoderate way; or break forth into anger and wrath with one another, upbraiding and blaming each other for their conduct in that affair, and so foment contentions and quarrels among themselves:

for God did send me before you to preserve life; the life of thousands of persons in Egypt, Canaan, and other countries; and particularly to preserve their lives was he sent before them into Egypt; where, by interpretation Pharaoh's dreams, by which he understood and did foretell the seven years of plenty and seven years of famine, he was to great honour and trust, and laid up a sufficiency of corn in the time of plenty to answer the exigencies of various countries in the time of famine, and, among the rest, of his own family; and therefore would have this attributed by them to the wise disposing providence of God.



Genesis 45:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Joseph Reveals his Identity
4Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Please come closer to me." And they came closer. And he said, "I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5"Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6"For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.…
Cross References
Philemon 1:15
Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever--

Genesis 37:28
So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

Genesis 45:7
But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

Genesis 45:8
"So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.

Genesis 50:20
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

2 Samuel 16:11
David then said to Abishai and all his officials, "My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.

Psalm 105:17
and he sent a man before them-- Joseph, sold as a slave.
Treasury of Scripture

Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me here: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

be not grieved.

Isaiah 40:1,2 Comfort you, comfort you my people, said your God…

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2 Corinthians 2:7,11 So that contrariwise you ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him…

nor angry with yourselves. Heb. neither let there be anger in in your eyes.

God.

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2 Samuel 16:10-12 And the king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? …

2 Samuel 17:14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai …

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Acts 2:23,24 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge …

Acts 4:24-28 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with …

Acts 7:9-15 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but …

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