It Was God Not You by Rabbi Elizabeth W. Goldstein
Vayigash Genesis 45:5-8
וְעַתָּ֣ה ׀ אַל־תֵּעָ֣צְב֗וּ וְאַל־יִ֙חַר֙ בְּעֵ֣ינֵיכֶ֔ם כִּֽי־מְכַרְתֶּ֥ם אֹתִ֖י הֵ֑נָּה כִּ֣י לְמִֽחְיָ֔ה שְׁלָחַ֥נִי אֱלֹהִ֖ים לִפְנֵיכֶֽם׃
Now, do not be distressed or reproach yourselves because you sold me hither; it was to save life that God sent me ahead of you.
כִּי־זֶ֛ה שְׁנָתַ֥יִם הָרָעָ֖ב בְּקֶ֣רֶב הָאָ֑רֶץ וְעוֹד֙ חָמֵ֣שׁ שָׁנִ֔ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר אֵין־חָרִ֖ישׁ וְקָצִֽיר׃
It is now two years that there has been famine in the land, and there are still five years to come in which there shall be no yield from tilling.
וַיִּשְׁלָחֵ֤נִי אֱלֹהִים֙ לִפְנֵיכֶ֔ם לָשׂ֥וּם לָכֶ֛ם שְׁאֵרִ֖ית בָּאָ֑רֶץ וּלְהַחֲי֣וֹת לָכֶ֔ם לִפְלֵיטָ֖ה גְּדֹלָֽה׃
God has sent me ahead of you to ensure your survival on earth, and to save your lives in an extraordinary deliverance.
וְעַתָּ֗ה לֹֽא־אַתֶּ֞ם שְׁלַחְתֶּ֤ם אֹתִי֙ הֵ֔נָּה כִּ֖י הָאֱלֹהִ֑ים וַיְשִׂימֵ֨נִֽי לְאָ֜ב לְפַרְעֹ֗ה וּלְאָדוֹן֙ לְכׇל־בֵּית֔וֹ וּמֹשֵׁ֖ל בְּכׇל־אֶ֥רֶץ מִצְרָֽיִם׃
So, it was not you who sent me here, but God—who has made me a father to Pharaoh, lord of all his household, and ruler over the whole land of Egypt.
It Was God Not You Lyrics
כִּ֣י לְמִֽחְיָ֔ה שְׁלָחַ֥נִי אֱלֹקים
Ki L’michyah, Shelachani Eloqim
It was God and not You
Who sent me away
It was God who saved my life
And will save yours today
הֵ֔נָּה כִּ֖י הָאֱלֹקים
Hee-nay Ki Ha-Eloqim
Vayigash "It Was God Not You"
Hebcal Date https://www.hebcal.com/sedrot/vayigash
Sefaria Torah Reading Genesis 44:18-47:27 https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.44.18-47.27
Song lyrics & Song music by Rabbi Elizabeth W. Goldstein
Rabbi Elizabeth W. Goldstein
Rabbi Elizabeth Goldstein is a Gonzaga Professor in the Religious Studies Department and a Jewish Chaplain to the Jewish Student Group. She is a talented musician and singer song writer in Spokane, Washington. Please contact her at Gonzaga if you would like to for Scholar in Residence or Musician in Residence programs.