they wandered from nation to nation,1 from one kingdom to another.
He allowed no one to oppress2 them; for their sake he rebuked kings:315
"Do not touch4 my anointed ones; do my prophets5 no harm."
He called down famine6 on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food;
and he sent a man before them-- Joseph, sold as a slave.718
They bruised his feet with shackles,8 his neck was put in irons,
till what he foretold9 came to pass, till the word10 of the LORD proved him true.
The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free.1121
He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed,
to instruct his princes12 as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom.1323
Then Israel entered Egypt;14 Jacob lived15 as an alien in the land of Ham.16