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

New Living Translation
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

English Standard Version
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

New American Standard Bible
"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.

King James Bible
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result--the survival of many people.

International Standard Version
As far as you're concerned, you were planning evil against me, but God intended it for good, planning to bring about the present result so that many people would be preserved alive.

NET Bible
As for you, you meant to harm me, but God intended it for a good purpose, so he could preserve the lives of many people, as you can see this day.

New Heart English Bible
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even though you planned evil against me, God planned good to come out of it. This was to keep many people alive, as he is doing now.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And as for you, ye meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

New American Standard 1977
“And 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God thought it out unto good, to bring to pass that which we see this day, to give life to many people.

King James 2000 Bible
But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive.

American King James Version
But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it to good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

American Standard Version
And as for you, ye meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You thought evil against me: but God turned it into good, that he might exalt me, as at present you see, and might save many people.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye indeed meant evil against me: God meant it for good, in order that he might do as [it is] this day, to save a great people alive.

English Revised Version
And as for you, ye meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Webster's Bible Translation
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive.

World English Bible
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive.

Young's Literal Translation
As for you, ye devised against me evil -- God devised it for good, in order to do as at this day, to keep alive a numerous people;
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
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. 21"So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.…
Cross References
Genesis 37:26
Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood?

Genesis 37:27
"Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh." And his brothers listened to him.

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 45:7
"God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.

Genesis 50:19
But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in God's place?

Isaiah 10:7
Yet it does not so intend, Nor does it plan so in its heart, But rather it is its purpose to destroy And to cut off many nations.
Treasury of Scripture

But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it to good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

ye thought.

Genesis 37:4,18-20 And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all …

Psalm 56:5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

God meant.

Genesis 45:5-8 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you …

Psalm 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you: the remainder of wrath …

Psalm 105:16,17 Moreover he called for a famine on the land: he broke the whole staff …

Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn your statutes.

Isaiah 10:7 However, he means not so, neither does his heart think so; but it …

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

Acts 3:13-15,26 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, …

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

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