45:7 remnant. Joseph’s use of this term indicates his strong faith, tested by hard experience, in the faithfulness of God to His covenant promises. Out of this small endangered group a great nation would be built (12:1–3; 17:7). The prophets would later use this term in affirming that even in trying circumstances God would always preserve a people for Himself (Is. 10:20; 37:30–32; Mic. 2:12, 13).