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Genesis 32:8

Context
32:8 “If Esau attacks one camp,” 1  he thought, 2  “then the other camp will be able to escape.” 3 

Genesis 45:7

Context
45:7 God sent me 4  ahead of you to preserve you 5  on the earth and to save your lives 6  by a great deliverance.

1 tn Heb “If Esau comes to one camp and attacks it.”

2 tn Heb “and he said, ‘If Esau comes to one camp and attacks it.” The Hebrew verb אָמַר (’amar) here represents Jacob’s thought or reasoning, and is therefore translated “he thought.” The order of the introductory clause and the direct discourse has been rearranged in the translation for stylistic reasons.

3 tn Heb “the surviving camp will be for escape.” The word “escape” is a feminine noun. The term most often refers to refugees from war.

4 sn God sent me. The repetition of this theme that God sent Joseph is reminiscent of commission narratives in which the leader could announce that God sent him (e.g., Exod 3:15).

5 tn Heb “to make you a remnant.” The verb, followed here by the preposition לְ (lÿ), means “to make.”

6 tn The infinitive gives a second purpose for God’s action.



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