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

New Living Translation
God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors.

English Standard Version
And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.

New American Standard Bible
"God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.

King James Bible
And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God sent me ahead of you to establish you as a remnant within the land and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.

International Standard Version
God sent me ahead of you to keep you alive on the earth, and to save you all in a magnificent way.

NET Bible
God sent me ahead of you to preserve you on the earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

New Heart English Bible
God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to save you alive by a great deliverance.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God sent me ahead of you to make sure that you would have descendants on the earth and to save your lives in an amazing way.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And God sent me before you to give you a remnant on the earth, and to save you alive for a great deliverance.

New American Standard 1977
“And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And God sent me before you that you might remain in the earth and that you might be given life by great liberty.

King James 2000 Bible
And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

American King James Version
And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

American Standard Version
And God sent me before you to preserve you a remnant in the earth, and to save you alive by a great deliverance.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And God sent me before, that you may be preserved upon the earth, and may have food to live.

Darby Bible Translation
So God sent me before you to preserve you a remnant in the earth, and to save you alive by a great deliverance.

English Revised Version
And God sent me before you to preserve you a remnant in the earth, and to save you alive by a great deliverance.

Webster's Bible Translation
And God sent me before you, to preserve for you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

World English Bible
God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to save you alive by a great deliverance.

Young's Literal Translation
and God sendeth me before you, to place of you a remnant in the land, and to give life to you by a great escape;
Study Bible
Joseph Reveals his Identity
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. 7"God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. 8"Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt.…
Cross References
Genesis 45:5
"Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.

Genesis 50:20
"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.
Treasury of Scripture

And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

to preserve you a posterity. Heb. to put for you a remnant.
to save.

Judges 15:18 And he was sore thirsty, and called on the LORD, and said, You have …

1 Chronicles 11:14 And they set themselves in the middle of that parcel, and delivered …

Psalm 18:50 Great deliverance gives he to his king; and shows mercy to his anointed, …

Psalm 44:4 You are my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.

Acts 7:35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge?…

(7) To preserve you a posterity in the earth.--Heb., To put for you a remnant in the land, that is, to preserve a remainder for you, as the word is translated in 2Samuel 14:7. During the seven years' famine many races probably dwindled away, and the Hebrews, as mere sojourners in Canaan, would have been in danger of total extinction.

By a great deliverance.--That is, by a signal interference on your behalf. But the word rendered "deliverance," more exactly signifies that which escapes (see 2Kings 19:31, where, as here, it is joined with the word remnant, and 2Kings 19:30, where it is itself rendered remnant). The two nouns really signify the same thing; but whereas in the first clause the words seem to forebode that only few would escape, in the second there is the assurance of their surviving in such numbers as to be able to grow into a great nation.

And God sent me before you,.... This he repeats to impress the minds of his brethren with a sense of the good providence of God in bringing him to Egypt before them, to make provision for their future welfare, and to alleviate their grief, and prevent an excessive sorrow for their selling him into Egypt, when by the overruling hand of God it proved so salutary to them:

to preserve you a posterity in the earth; that they and theirs might not perish, which otherwise, in all human probability, must have been the case; and that the promise of the multiplication of Abraham's seed might not be made of none effect, but continue to take place, from whence the Messiah was to spring:

and to save your lives by a great deliverance; from the extreme danger they were exposed unto, through the terrible famine, and in which deliverance were to be observed the great wisdom, goodness, power, and providence of God. 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.
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