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.
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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
50:20 Ye thought evil, but God meant it unto good - In order to the making Joseph a greater blessing to his family than otherwise he could have been.
Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain by killing our brother? We'd have to cover up the crime.
Instead of hurting him, let's sell him to those Ishmaelite traders. After all, he is our brother--our own flesh and blood!" And his brothers agreed.
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.
God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors.
But Joseph replied, "Don't be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you?
But the king of Assyria will not understand that he is my tool; his mind does not work that way. His plan is simply to destroy, to cut down nation after nation.
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