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.

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.

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.

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;

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Am I in the place of God? - These words may be understood either as a question, or an affirmative proposition. How should I take any farther notice of your transgression? I have passed it by, the matter lies now between God and you. Or, in the order of Divine providence I am now in God's place; he has furnished me with means, and made me a distributor of his bounty; I will therefore not only nourish you, but also your little ones, Genesis 50:21 : and therefore he spake comfortably unto them, as in Genesis 45:8, telling them that he attributed the whole business to the particular providence of God rather than to any ill will or malice in them, and that, in permitting him to be brought into Egypt, God had graciously saved their lives, the life of their father, the lives of the people of Canaan, and of the Egyptians: as therefore God had honored him by making him vicegerent in the dispensations of his especial bounty towards so many people, it was impossible he should be displeased with the means by which this was brought about.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

ye thought.

Genesis 37:4,18-20 And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him...

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 sold me here: for God did send me before you to preserve life...

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

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

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 is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.

Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

Acts 3:13-15,26 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Son Jesus; whom you delivered up...

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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Joseph's Faith
'Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.'--GENESIS l. 25. This is the one act of Joseph's life which the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews selects as the sign that he too lived by faith. 'By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.' It was at once a proof of how entirely he believed God's promise, and of how earnestly he longed
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Worst Things Work for Good to the Godly
DO not mistake me, I do not say that of their own nature the worst things are good, for they are a fruit of the curse; but though they are naturally evil, yet the wise overruling hand of God disposing and sanctifying them, they are morally good. As the elements, though of contrary qualities, yet God has so tempered them, that they all work in a harmonious manner for the good of the universe. Or as in a watch, the wheels seem to move contrary one to another, but all carry on the motions of the watch:
Thomas Watson—A Divine Cordial

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.

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