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17 Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them—
    Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

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“These patriarchs were jealous of their brother Joseph, and they sold him to be a slave in Egypt. But God was with him

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36 Meanwhile, the Midianite traders[a] arrived in Egypt, where they sold Joseph to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Potiphar was captain of the palace guard.

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Footnotes

  1. 37:36 Hebrew the Medanites. The relationship between the Midianites and Medanites is unclear; compare 37:28. See also 25:2.

20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

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“Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.

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Joseph in Potiphar’s House

39 When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.

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27 Instead of hurting him, let’s sell him to those Ishmaelite traders. After all, he is our brother—our own flesh and blood!” And his brothers agreed. 28 So when the Ishmaelites, who were Midianite traders, came by, Joseph’s brothers pulled him out of the cistern and sold him to them for twenty pieces[a] of silver. And the traders took him to Egypt.

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Footnotes

  1. 37:28 Hebrew 20 [shekels], about 8 ounces or 228 grams in weight.

God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors.[a] So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser[b] to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.

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Footnotes

  1. 45:7 Or and to save you with an extraordinary rescue. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  2. 45:8 Hebrew a father.

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