Verse 46. He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives. Having the hearts of all men in his hands he produced compassion even in heathen bosoms. Even as he found Joseph friends in Egypt, so did he raise up sympathizers for his captive servants. In our very worst condition our God has ways and means for allaying the severity of our sorrows: he can find us helpers among those who have been our oppressors, and he will do so if we be indeed his people.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 46. He made them also to be pitied of all them that carried them captives. This improved feeling towards the Jews through God's influence appears in Daniel 1:9 ; as Joseph similarly had his captivity improved by God's favour ( Genesis 39:21 ). So Evil merodach, King of Babylon, treated kindly Jehoiachin, king of Judah ( 2 Kings 25:27 ). --A.R. Fausset.