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God sent me[a] ahead of you to preserve you[b] on the earth and to save your lives[c] by a great deliverance.

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  1. 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).
  2. Genesis 45:7 tn Heb “to make you a remnant.” The verb, followed here by the preposition ל (lamed), means “to make.”
  3. Genesis 45:7 tn The infinitive gives a second purpose for God’s action.