Genesis 39:3

3 When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did,

Genesis 39:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
ESV
3 His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD caused all that he did to succeed in his hands.
NLT
3 Potiphar noticed this and realized that the LORD was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did.
MSG
3 His master recognized that God was with him, saw that God was working for good in everything he did.
CSB
3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made everything he did successful,

Genesis 39:3 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 39:3

And his master saw that the Lord [was] with him
He knew nothing of the spiritual and gracious presence of God that was with him, he was no judge of that; but he perceived by the ingenuity of his mind, by his ready and speedy learning the Egyptian language, by his dexterity in business, and by the prudence and faithfulness with which he did everything, that he was highly favoured by the divine Being, and had great endowments bestowed upon him, and was an extraordinary person for his age: and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand;
and though Potiphar might have no knowledge of the true Jehovah, whose name he uses, yet he might have a notion of a supreme Being, and that all outward prosperity was owing to him; and knowing Joseph to be an Hebrew, as it is plain his wife did, ( Genesis 39:14 ) ; and Jehovah to be the God of the Hebrews, he imputes all the prosperity that attended Joseph and his services unto his God.

Genesis 39:3 In-Context

1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.
2 The LORD was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.
3 When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did,
4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.
5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the LORD was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Genesis 21:22; Genesis 26:28
  • 2. ver 23; 1 Samuel 18:14; 2 Kings 18:7; 2 Chronicles 20:20; Psalms 1:3; Psalms 128:2; Isaiah 33:6