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Genesis 50:19

19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?

Read Genesis 50:19 Using Other Translations

And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
But Joseph said to them, "Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?
But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you?

What does Genesis 50:19 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 50:19

And Joseph said unto them, fear not
That any hurt would be done by him to them, or that he would use them ill for their treatment of him:

for am I in the place of God?
to receive such homage from you, that you should be my servants, as Saadiah Gaon gives the sense; or rather to take vengeance for injury done, which belongs to God alone: or, "am I not under God" F21? subject to him, a servant of his, and why should you be mine? nor is it in my power, if I had a will to it, to change his purposes, to alter his providences, or contradict his will, and do hurt to those whom God hath blessed; and so may have regard to the late patriarchal benediction of his father, under the direction of the Holy Spirit: or, "am I in the place of God?" and under him a father of them, as he had been a provider for them, and a supporter of them, and still would be.


FOOTNOTES:

F21 (yna Myhla txth) "annon enim sub Deo sum?" Vatablus.
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