New International Version
But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God?
King James Bible
And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
Darby Bible Translation
And Joseph said to them, Fear not: am I then in the place of God?
World English Bible
Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid, for am I in the place of God?
Young's Literal Translation
And Joseph saith unto them, 'Fear not, for am I in the place of God?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Am I in the place of God? - These words may be understood either as a question, or an affirmative proposition. How should I take any farther notice of your transgression? I have passed it by, the matter lies now between God and you. Or, in the order of Divine providence I am now in God's place; he has furnished me with means, and made me a distributor of his bounty; I will therefore not only nourish you, but also your little ones, Genesis 50:21 : and therefore he spake comfortably unto them, as in Genesis 45:8, telling them that he attributed the whole business to the particular providence of God rather than to any ill will or malice in them, and that, in permitting him to be brought into Egypt, God had graciously saved their lives, the life of their father, the lives of the people of Canaan, and of the Egyptians: as therefore God had honored him by making him vicegerent in the dispensations of his especial bounty towards so many people, it was impossible he should be displeased with the means by which this was brought about.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
for am I. It belongs to God to execute vengeance, and Joseph did not intend to usurp his prerogative. Thus he instructed his brethren not to fear him, but to fear God; to humble themselves before God, and to seek his forgiveness.
'Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.'--GENESIS l. 25. This is the one act of Joseph's life which the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews selects as the sign that he too lived by faith. 'By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.' It was at once a proof of how entirely he believed God's promise, and of how earnestly he longed …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Worst Things Work for Good to the Godly
His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. "We are your slaves," they said.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
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