New Living Translation
But don't be upset, and don't be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.
King James Bible
Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
Darby Bible Translation
And now, be not grieved, and be not angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
World English Bible
Now don't be grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
Young's Literal Translation
and now, be not grieved, nor let it be displeasing in your eyes that ye sold me hither, for to preserve life hath God sent me before you.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
45:5 Be not grieved or angry with yourselves - Sinners must grieve, and be angry with themselves for their sins; yea, though God, by his power, bring good out of them, for that is no thanks to the sinner: but true penitents should be greatly affected with it, when they see God bringing good out of evil. Though we must not with this consideration extenuate our own sins, and so take off the edge of our repentance; yet it may do well thus to extenuate the sins of others, and so take off the edge of our angry resentments. Thus Joseph doth here. His brethren needed not to fear that he would revenge upon them an injury which God's providence had made to turn so much to his advantage, and that of his family. Now he tells them how long the famine was likely to last, five years yet, Ge 45:6, and what a capacity he was in of being kind to his relations, which is the greatest satisfaction that wealth and power can give to a good man.
It seems you lost Onesimus for a little while so that you could have him back forever.
So when the Ishmaelites, who were Midianite traders, came by, Joseph's brothers pulled him out of the cistern and sold him to them for twenty pieces of silver. And the traders took him to Egypt.
God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors.
So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh--the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.
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.
2 Samuel 16:11
Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants, "My own son is trying to kill me. Doesn't this relative of Saul have even more reason to do so? Leave him alone and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to do it.
Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them--Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
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