Genesis 50:19
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New International Version
But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God?

New Living Translation
But Joseph replied, "Don't be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you?

English Standard Version
But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?

New American Standard Bible
But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in God's place?

King James Bible
And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God?

International Standard Version
"Don't be afraid," Joseph responded. "Am I sitting in God's place?

NET Bible
But Joseph answered them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God?

New Heart English Bible
Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid! I can't take God's place.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Joseph said unto them: 'Fear not; for am I in the place of God?

New American Standard 1977
But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Joseph said unto them, Fear not; for am I in the place of God?

King James 2000 Bible
And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

American King James Version
And Joseph said to them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

American Standard Version
And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he answered them: Fear not: can we resist the will of God?

Darby Bible Translation
And Joseph said to them, Fear not: am I then in the place of God?

English Revised Version
And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

Webster's Bible Translation
And Joseph said to them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

World English Bible
Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid, for am I in the place of God?

Young's Literal Translation
And Joseph saith unto them, 'Fear not, for am I in the place of God?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
50:15-21 Various motives might cause the sons of Jacob to continue in Egypt, notwithstanding the prophetic vision Abraham had of their bondage there. Judging of Joseph from the general temper of human nature, they thought he would now avenge himself on those who hated and injured him without cause. Not being able to resist, or to flee away, they attempted to soften him by humbling themselves. They pleaded with him as the servants of Jacob's God. Joseph was much affected at seeing this complete fulfilment of his dreams. He directs them not to fear him, but to fear God; to humble themselves before the Lord, and to seek the Divine forgiveness. He assures them of his own kindness to them. See what an excellent spirit Joseph was of, and learn of him to render good for evil. He comforted them, and, to banish all their fears, he spake kindly to them. Broken spirits must be bound up and encouraged. Those we love and forgive, we must not only do well for, but speak kindly to.
Study Bible
Joseph Comforts his Brothers
18Then his brothers also came and fell down before him and said, "Behold, we are your servants." 19But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in God's place? 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.…
Cross References
Genesis 50:18
Then his brothers also came and fell down before him and said, "Behold, we are your servants."

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 Joseph said to them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

fear not.

Genesis 45:5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you …

Matthew 14:27 But straightway Jesus spoke to them, saying, Be of good cheer; it …

Luke 24:37,38 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had …

for am I. It belongs to God to execute vengeance, and Joseph did not intend to usurp his prerogative. Thus he instructed his brethren not to fear him, but to fear God; to humble themselves before God, and to seek his forgiveness.

Genesis 30:2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in …

Deuteronomy 32:35 To me belongs vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in …

2 Kings 5:7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, …

Job 34:19-29 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor …

Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place to wrath: …

Hebrews 10:30 For we know him that has said, Vengeance belongs to me, I will recompense, …

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