Genesis 45:4-8 NIV

4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come close to me."1 When they had done so, he said, "I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!2

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5 And now, do not be distressed3 and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here,4 because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.5

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6 For two years now there has been famine6 in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping.

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7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant7 on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.a8

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    • a 45:7 - Or "save you as a great band of survivors"
      8 "So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.9 He made me father10 to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.11

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