Genesis 45:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 45:11, NIV: I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.'

Genesis 45:11, ESV: There I will provide for you, for there are yet five years of famine to come, so that you and your household, and all that you have, do not come to poverty.’

Genesis 45:11, KJV: And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.

Genesis 45:11, NASB: There I will also provide for you, for there are still five years of famine to come, and you and your household and all that you have would be impoverished.'?’

Genesis 45:11, NLT: I will take care of you there, for there are still five years of famine ahead of us. Otherwise you, your household, and all your animals will starve.''

Genesis 45:11, CSB: There I will sustain you, for there will be five more years of famine. Otherwise, you, your household, and everything you have will become destitute." '

What does Genesis 45:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph is describing his plan to save his entire family from the ravages of a famine. This would have been an overwhelming, stunning moment for his brothers. Only moments ago, they feared for the life of their youngest brother, Benjamin (Genesis 44:17). Shortly after, they feared vengeance from a man they had sold as a slave. Then they were stunned to hear that man speak of his plan to save their entire family (Genesis 45:1–8).

Not only does Joseph seem to have forgiven his older brothers, but he also wants to rescue them. He has insisted they return to Canaan and bring Jacob back. In fact, he wants them to move the entire family and all they own to Egypt, to the fertile region of Goshen along the Nile River. Joseph knows the current crippling famine will last another five years (Genesis 41:28–31. There's simply no way the family will survive in Canaan. Joseph's plan is to save them from poverty and death.

Then, as now, poverty and famine forces families into terrible choices. To survive, many families may sell all they own. Eventually, they might even sell themselves as slaves of one kind or another. Poverty could lead to death, but it could also result in family groups being broken up in a desperate attempt to stay alive. God would need to intervene to keep this from happening to His chosen people, Israel. Joseph revealed to His brothers that God has done exactly that (Genesis 45:5). They will be saved through Joseph's power and influence in Egypt.