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The famine has been in the land for two years now, and for five more years cultivation will yield no harvest. God, therefore, sent me on ahead of you to ensure for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives in an extraordinary deliverance. So it was not really you but God who had me come here; and he has made me a father to Pharaoh,[a] lord of all his household, and ruler over the whole land of Egypt.

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  1. 45:8 Father to Pharaoh: a term applied to a vizier in ancient Egypt.