Genesis 39:2

2 1The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master.

Genesis 39:2 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 39:2

And the Lord was with Joseph
Blessing him with his gracious presence, with discoveries of his love, and communion with himself, though destitute of the means of grace and ordinances of worship he enjoyed in his father's house; favouring him with bodily health, and protecting him from all evils and enemies: and he was a prosperous man;
in worldly things, and which was owing to the presence of God with him, and his blessing on him: and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian;
he continued there, and did not attempt to make his escape; or his employment lay chiefly, if not altogether, in the house, and herein he was prosperous, and continued to be so as long as he was in it; the Jews F14 say, he remained here twelve months. Near the pyramids built in the neighbourhood of Memphis, as is affirmed unanimously by the ancients, to this day is shown a hill, on which they say the house of Potiphar was built, whose servant the patriarch Joseph was, and some of the rubbish of the bricks are yet to be seen F15.


F14 Seder Olam Rabba, c. 2. p. 5.
F15 Jablonski de Terra Goshen, Dissert. 6. sect. 6.

Genesis 39:2 In-Context

1 Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there.
2 The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master.
3 His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD caused all that he did to succeed in his hands.
4 So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.
5 From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had, in house and field.

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver. 21; Acts 7:9; [Genesis 21:22; Genesis 26:24, 28; Genesis 28:15; 1 Samuel 16:18; 1 Samuel 18:14, 28]
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