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For these past two years there has been famine in[a] the land and for five more years there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. God sent me[b] ahead of you to preserve you[c] on the earth and to save your lives[d] by a great deliverance. So now, it is not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me an adviser[e] to Pharaoh, lord over all his household, and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

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  1. Genesis 45:6 tn Heb “the famine [has been] in the midst of.”
  2. Genesis 45:7 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).
  3. Genesis 45:7 tn Heb “to make you a remnant.” The verb, followed here by the preposition ל (lamed), means “to make.”
  4. Genesis 45:7 tn The infinitive gives a second purpose for God’s action.
  5. Genesis 45:8 tn Heb “a father.” The term is used here figuratively of one who gives advice, as a father would to his children.

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