Genesis 45:4-8, 50:18-21

45:4 Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.”
They came near. “He said, I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into Egypt.
45:5 Now don’t be grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 45:6 For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are yet five years, in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 45:7 God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to save you alive by a great deliverance. 45:8 So now it wasn’t you who sent me here, but God, and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, lord of all his house, and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

50:18 His brothers also went and fell down before his face; and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 50:19 Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 50:20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive. 50:21 Now therefore don’t be afraid. I will nourish you and your little ones.” He comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.

A clever (more profound) spin on “don’t get mad, get even” perhaps — make good.


  1. I think rather that this passage is telling us that the brothers meant to do away with Joseph when they sold him into slavery. But God had a plan and that plan involved Joseph coming to the place of 2nd in command in Egypt. It was his wisdom that saved the nation and nations during the famine. “You meant it for evil but God meant it for good.” While the brothers thought it was the end of the line for them, Joseph reassured them it was not.

  2. Ivan said

    I agree. I think Joseph’s example is a good one to follow.

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