Genesis 50:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 50:24, NIV: "Then Joseph said to his brothers, 'I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.'"

Genesis 50:24, ESV: "And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”"

Genesis 50:24, KJV: "And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob."

Genesis 50:24, NASB: "Joseph said to his brothers, 'I am about to die, but God will assuredly take care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.'"

Genesis 50:24, NLT: "'Soon I will die,' Joseph told his brothers, 'but God will surely come to help you and lead you out of this land of Egypt. He will bring you back to the land he solemnly promised to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.'"

Genesis 50:24, CSB: "Joseph said to his brothers, "I am about to die, but God will certainly come to your aid and bring you up from this land to the land he swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.""

What does Genesis 50:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The once-hated younger brother, sold as a slave (Genesis 37:26–28) has spent the last eighty years as a powerful ruler in Egypt (Genesis 41:44–46; 50:22). He has lived a good, long life, and at the end his focus is the same as that of his father Jacob. Egypt has been good to Joseph and to his family (Genesis 47:5–6), but the people of God are not meant to stay in Egypt forever.

Prophetically, Joseph tells his gathered family that God will visit them at some point. The Lord will keep the promises made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Genesis 17:5–8). That means bringing the people of Israel (Genesis 35:10–11) out of Egypt and back to Canaan to take ownership of it.

The mention of Joseph's brothers here may refer to their sons or the representative heads of their families. It's unknown how many of the original twelve were still living by the time Joseph reached 110 years of age. Ten of his brothers were older than him. Only Benjamin was younger. Most likely, at least some of the older brothers have already passed away.