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.
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;
Genesis 50:20 Parallel
LibraryA Calm Evening, Promising a Bright Morning
'And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father. And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood?
"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.
"Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
"God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.
But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in God's place?
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.
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