He allowed no one to oppress1 them; for their sake he rebuked kings:215
"Do not touch3 my anointed ones; do my prophets4 no harm."
He called down famine5 on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food;
and he sent a man before them-- Joseph, sold as a slave.618
They bruised his feet with shackles,7 his neck was put in irons,
till what he foretold8 came to pass, till the word9 of the LORD proved him true.
The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free.1021
He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed,
to instruct his princes11 as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom.1223
Then Israel entered Egypt;13 Jacob lived14 as an alien in the land of Ham.1524
The LORD made his people very fruitful; he made them too numerous16 for their foes,