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.

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.

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;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good (literally, and ye were thinking or meditating evil against me; Elohim was thinking or meditating for good, i.e. that what you did should be for good), to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive (vide Genesis 45:5).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But as for you, ye thought evil against me,.... That must be said and owned, that their intentions were bad; they thought to have contradicted his dreams, and made them of none effect, to have token away his life, or however to have made him a slave all his days:

but God meant it unto good; he designed good should come by it, and he brought good out of it: this shows that this action, which was sinful in itself, fell under the decree of God, or was the object of it, and that there was a concourse of providence in it; not that God was the author of sin, which neither his decree about it, nor the concourse of providence with the action as such supposes; he leaving the sinner wholly to his own will in it, and having no concern in the ataxy or disorder of it, but in the issue, through his infinite wisdom, causes it to work for good, as follows:

to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive; the nation of the Egyptians and the neighbouring nations, as the Canaanites and others, and particularly his father's family: thus the sin of the Jews in crucifying Christ, which, notwithstanding the determinate counsel of God, they most freely performed, was what wrought about the greatest good, the salvation of men.



Genesis 50:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
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 will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?

Genesis 37:27
Come, let's sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood." His brothers agreed.

Genesis 45:5
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.

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

Isaiah 10:7
But this is not what he intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to 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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