45:5 Now, do not be upset and do not be angry with yourselves because you sold me here, 1 for God sent me 2 ahead of you to preserve life!
45:7 God sent me 3 ahead of you to preserve you 4 on the earth and to save your lives 5 by a great deliverance.
45:11 I will provide you with food 6 there because there will be five more years of famine. Otherwise you would become poor – you, your household, and everyone who belongs to you.”’
1 tn Heb “let there not be anger in your eyes.”
2 sn You sold me here, for God sent me. The tension remains as to how the brothers’ wickedness and God’s intentions work together. Clearly God is able to transform the actions of wickedness to bring about some gracious end. But this is saying more than that; it is saying that from the beginning it was God who sent Joseph here. Although harmonization of these ideas remains humanly impossible, the divine intention is what should be the focus. Only that will enable reconciliation.
4 tn Heb “to make you a remnant.” The verb, followed here by the preposition לְ (lÿ), means “to make.”
5 tn The infinitive gives a second purpose for God’s action.