Genesis 50:19-21

19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?
20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

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Genesis 50:19 in Other Translations

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

Genesis 50:19-21 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 50

This chapter contains a short account of what happened from the death of Jacob to the death of Joseph, and is chiefly concerned with the funeral of Jacob; it first gives an account how Joseph was affected with his father's death, of his orders to the physicians to embalm him, and of the time of their embalming him, and of the Egyptians mourning for him, Ge 50:1-3, next of his request to Pharaoh to give him leave to go and bury his father in Canaan, and his grant of it, Ge 50:4-6 and then of the grand funeral procession thither, the mourning made for Jacob, and his interment according to his orders, Ge 50:7-13 upon the return of Joseph and his brethren to Egypt, they fearing his resentment of their former usage of him, entreat him to forgive them; which they said they did at the direction of their father, to which Joseph readily agreed, and comforted them, and spoke kindly to them, and bid them not fear any hurt from him, for whatever were their intention, God meant it, and had overruled it for good, Ge 50:14-21 and the chapter is concluded with an account of Joseph's age and death, and of his posterity he saw before his death, and of the charge he gave to his brethren to carry his bones with them, when they should depart from Egypt, Ge 50:22-26.

Genesis 50:19-21 In-Context

17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.
18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?
20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
22 Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father’s family. He lived a hundred and ten years
23 and saw the third generation of Ephraim’s children. Also the children of Makir son of Manasseh were placed at birth on Joseph’s knees.

Cross References 7

  • 1. S Genesis 30:2; S Exodus 32:34; Romans 12:19; Hebrews 10:30
  • 2. Genesis 37:20
  • 3. Isaiah 10:7; Micah 4:11-12
  • 4. Romans 8:28
  • 5. S Genesis 45:5; Esther 4:14
  • 6. S Genesis 45:11; Genesis 47:12
  • 7. S Genesis 34:3; Ephesians 4:32
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