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Genesis 50:19 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for [am] I in the place of God?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And Joseph said to them, Fear not: for [am] I in the place of God?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Joseph said to them, Fear not: am I then in the place of God?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And Joseph said unto them—Do not fear,—although, in place of God, I am.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Joseph saith unto them, 'Fear not, for [am] I in the place of God?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And he answered them: Fear not: can we resist the will of God?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And Ioseph saide vnto them, Feare not: for [am] I in the place of God?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Joseph said to them, Fear not, for I am God's.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And Yosef said unto them, Fear not: for [am] I in the place of Elohim?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And Ysf יוֹסֵף 3130
{3130} Prime
Future of H3254; let him add (or perhaps simply active participle adding); Joseph, the name of seven Israelites.
said 559
{0559} Prime
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
unto x413
(0413) Complement
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
them, Fear 3372
{3372} Prime
A primitive root; to fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
not: x408
(0408) Complement
A negative particle (akin to H3808); not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing.
for x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
[am] I x589
(0589) Complement
Contracted from H0595; I.
in the place x8478
(8478) Complement
From the same as H8430; the bottom (as depressed); only adverbially below (often with prepositional prefix underneath), in lieu of, etc.
of lhm אֱלֹהִים? 430
{0430} Prime
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Genesis 50:15-21.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Genesis 50:15-21.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Genesis 50:19

Am I in the place of God? — He in his great humility thought they shewed him too much respect, and faith to them in effect, as Peter to Cornelius, Stand up, I myself also am a man. Make your peace with God, and then you will find it an easy matter to make your peace with me.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Genesis 50:19

And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for [am] I in the place of (s) God?

(s) Who by the good success seems to remit it, and therefore it should not be revenged by me.

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fear not:

Genesis 45:5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
Matthew 14:27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
Luke 24:37-38 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. ... And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?

for am I:
It belongs to God to execute vengeance, and Joseph did not intend to usurp his prerogative. Thus he instructed his brethren not to fear him, but to fear God; to humble themselves before God, and to seek his forgiveness.
Genesis 30:2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, [Am] I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?
Deuteronomy 32:35 To me [belongeth] vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in [due] time: for the day of their calamity [is] at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
2 Kings 5:7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, [Am] I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.
Job 34:19-29 [How much less to him] that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all [are] the work of his hands. ... When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth [his] face, who then can behold him? whether [it be done] against a nation, or against a man only:
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Hebrews 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
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Gn 30:2; 45:5. Dt 32:35. 2K 5:7. Jb 34:19. Mt 14:27. Lk 24:37. Ro 12:19. He 10:30.

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