Genesis 50:21
New International Version
So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children." And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

New Living Translation
No, don't be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children." So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.

English Standard Version
So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore do not be afraid. I will provide for you and your little ones.” So Joseph reassured his brothers and spoke kindly to them.

New American Standard Bible
"So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

King James Bible
Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore don't be afraid. I will take care of you and your children." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Contemporary English Version
Don't be afraid! I will take care of you and your children." After Joseph said this, his brothers felt much better.

Good News Translation
You have nothing to fear. I will take care of you and your children." So he reassured them with kind words that touched their hearts.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore don't be afraid. I will take care of you and your little ones." And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

International Standard Version
So don't be afraid! I'll take care of you and your little ones." So Joseph kept on comforting them, speaking to the needs of their hearts.

NET Bible
So now, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your little children." Then he consoled them and spoke kindly to them.

New Heart English Bible
Now therefore do not be afraid. I will nourish you and your little ones." He comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be afraid! I will provide for you and your children." In this way he reassured them, setting their minds at ease.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now therefore fear ye not; I will sustain you, and your little ones.' And he comforted them, and spoke kindly unto them.

New American Standard 1977
“So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now therefore fear ye not; I will nourish you and your little ones. Thus he comforted them and spoke to their heart.

King James 2000 Bible
Now therefore fear not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spoke kindly unto them.

American King James Version
Now therefore fear you not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.

American Standard Version
Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he said to them, Fear not, I will maintain you, and your families: and he comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Fear not: I will feed you and your children. And he comforted them, and spoke gently and mildly.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, fear not: I will maintain you and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spoke consolingly to them.

English Revised Version
Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.

World English Bible
Now therefore don't be afraid. I will nourish you and your little ones." He comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.

Young's Literal Translation
and now, fear not: I do nourish you and your infants;' and he comforteth them, and speaketh unto their heart.
Study Bible
Joseph Comforts His Brothers
20As for you, what you intended against me for evil, God intended for good, in order to accomplish a day like this—to preserve the lives of many people. 21Therefore do not be afraid. I will provide for you and your little ones.” So Joseph reassured his brothers and spoke kindly to them.
Cross References
Genesis 45:11
And there I will provide for you, because there will be five more years of famine. Otherwise, you and your household and everything you own will come to destitution.'

Genesis 47:12
Joseph also provided his father and brothers and all his father's household with food for their families.

Genesis 50:22
Now Joseph and his father's household remained in Egypt, and Joseph lived to the age of 110.

Judges 19:3
her husband got up and went after her to speak kindly to her and bring her back, taking with him his servant and a pair of donkeys. So the girl brought him into her father's house, and when her father saw him, he gladly welcomed him.

Treasury of Scripture

Now therefore fear you not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.

I will nourish.

Genesis 45:10,11
And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast: …

Genesis 47:12
And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to their families.

Matthew 5:44
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

kindly unto them.

Genesis 34:3
And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.

Isaiah 40:2
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins.







Lexicon
Therefore
וְעַתָּה֙ (wə·‘at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 6258: At this time

do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

be afraid.
תִּירָ֔אוּ (tî·rā·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3372: To fear, to revere, caus, to frighten

I
אָנֹכִ֛י (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 595: I

will provide for
אֲכַלְכֵּ֥ל (’ă·ḵal·kêl)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3557: To keep in, to measure, to maintain

you
אֶתְכֶ֖ם (’eṯ·ḵem)
Direct object marker | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

and your little ones.”
טַפְּכֶ֑ם (ṭap·pə·ḵem)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2945: A family

So [Joseph] reassured
וַיְנַחֵ֣ם (way·na·ḥêm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5162: To sigh, breathe strongly, to be sorry, to pity, console, rue, to avenge

[his brothers]
אוֹתָ֔ם (’ō·w·ṯām)
Direct object marker | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

and spoke
וַיְדַבֵּ֖ר (way·ḏab·bêr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

kindly to them.
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against
(21) Your little ones.--Heb., your "tafs" rendered in the LXX., "your households," and in the Syriac, "your families," your dependents--its usual translation in that Version.

Verse 21. - Now therefore (literally, and now) fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. Thus he repeats and confirms the promise which he had originally made to them when he invited them to come to Egypt (Genesis 45:11, 18, 19). And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them - literally, to their hearts (cf. Genesis 34:3). 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.
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