Genesis 50:20

“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But as for you, yee thought euill against me, but God meant it vnto good, to bring to passe, as it is this day, to saue much people aliue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"As for you, you meant evil against me, {but} God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And as for you, ye meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
- American Standard Version (1901)

As for you, it was in your mind to do me evil, but God has given a happy outcome, the salvation of numbers of people, as you see today.
- Basic English Bible

Ye indeed meant evil against me: God meant it for good, in order that he might do as [it is] this day, to save a great people alive.
- Darby Bible

But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive.
- Webster's Bible

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.
- World English Bible

As for you, ye devised against me evil -- God devised it for good, in order to do as [at] this day, to keep alive a numerous people;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And as for you, ye meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 50:20


50:20 Ye thought evil, but God meant it unto good - In order to the making Joseph a greater blessing to his family than otherwise he could have been.


Discussion for Genesis 50

  • A disciple
    Death is a terrible thing, and it was not God's first idea for man. God made us to be His children and to live for ever. It is a very sad that we have to die. Sin is cannot be taken lightly; for we all can see its real nature, and the terrible end we all must come to because of it. Because of Jesus, we can be reconciled to God, and the sins taken away; and we will live again. This life is not all.
  • Nnenda
    this teaches us about forgiveness, despite the hatred of Joseph's brethren on him, he forgave them of their past and dealt kindly with them. He had hope that one day his people will return to canaan.
  • Kari the cupcake
    This is a pretty nice story, i read these stories to my children lots and they love 'em and are tickled pink
  • Kitten
    Truly an amazing and heartfelt story of the bible.
  • BSP
    Joseph had truly forgiven his brothers. He saw the bigger picture of the salvation of his family instead of focusing on the past wrongs of his brothers.
  • Vincent for verse 26
    joseph live a blessing life that he was being reward by God, Egypt 110 years is a blessing live is 70 years after that it is a reward .

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