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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.

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Genesis 21:6

Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.”


Sarah’s response to the birth of her child.

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Genesis 9:12-17

9:12 God said, “This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 9:13 I set my rainbow in the cloud, and it will be for a sign of a covenant between me and the earth. 9:14 It will happen, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow will be seen in the cloud, 9:15 and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh, and the waters will no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 9:16 The rainbow will be in the cloud. I will look at it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 9:17 God said to Noah, “This is the token of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”


This is a nice section to remember when I see a rainbow.

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Genesis 5:1-2

5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created people, He made them in the likeness of God. 5:2 He created them male and female, and he blessed them and called them “human”.


Not your usual translation, but I prefer it. The Hebrew word “Adam” can be read as a generic name for humans (see e.g., Adam: Individual/Humanity & Etymology).

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Genesis 2:19

And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.


How do you decide whether or not two animals should have the same name? I think God is saying to Adam, “Do science.” See also Mark 12:17.

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2 Corinthians 4:6

For God who said, “Out of darkness, light shine” has shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.


I’ve decided to start cobbling together my own translations from the different English versions and the Greek on the Online Parallel Bible. Quite often, none of the English translations is quite how I want it.

The quote is from Genesis 1:3. Incidentally, the Welsh for “Let there be light” is “Bydded Goleuni” which I think has a nice ring to it. The Greek for the “Out of darkness, light shine” above is given as ἐκ σκότους φῶς λάμψει (ek skotos fos lampsei), which is also nice, but even better is just ἐκ σκότους φῶς (ek skotos fos) — “from darkness, light” — reminiscent of e pluribus unum.

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