Genesis 50:21

21 You have nothing to fear. I will take care of you and your children." So he reassured them with kind words that touched their hearts.

Genesis 50:21 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 50:21

Now therefore, fear ye not
Which, is repeated to dispossess them of every fear they might entertain of him on any account whatever:

I will nourish you, and your little ones;
provide food for them, and their families, not only for themselves and their sons, now grown up, but their grandchildren and even the youngest and latest of their families should share in his favours:

and he comforted them, and spake kindly to them;
even "to their heart" {w}; such things as were quite pleasing and agreeable to them, served to banish their fears, revive their spirits, and afford comfort to them. Just so God and Christ do with backsliding sinners, and would have done with his own people by his servants; see ( Isaiah 40:1 Isaiah 40:2 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F23 (Mbl le) "ad cor eorum", Pagninus, Montanus, Drusius

Genesis 50:21 In-Context

19 But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid; I can't put myself in the place of God.
20 You plotted evil against me, but God turned it into good, in order to preserve the lives of many people who are alive today because of what happened.
21 You have nothing to fear. I will take care of you and your children." So he reassured them with kind words that touched their hearts.
22 Joseph continued to live in Egypt with his father's family; he was a hundred and ten years old when he died.
23 He lived to see Ephraim's children and grandchildren. He also lived to receive the children of Machir son of Manasseh into the family.