Psalms 105:17-19

17 But he sent a man on ahead: Joseph, sold as a slave.
18 They put cruel chains on his ankles, an iron collar around his neck,
19 Until God's word came to the Pharaoh, and God confirmed his promise.

Psalms 105:17-19 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 105

This psalm was penned by David, and sung at the time when the ark was brought from the house of Obededom to the place which David had prepared for it; at least the first fifteen verses of it, the other part being probably added afterwards by the same inspired penman, as appears from 1Ch 16:1-7. The subject matter of the psalm is the special and distinguishing goodness of God to the children of Israel, and to his church and people, of which they were typical: the history of God's regard to and care of their principal ancestors, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph and of the whole body of the people, in bringing them out of Egypt, leading them through the wilderness, and settling them in the land of Canaan, is here recited, as an argument for praise and thankfulness.

Psalms 105:17-19 In-Context

15 "Don't you dare lay a hand on my anointed, don't hurt a hair on the heads of my prophets."
16 Then he called down a famine on the country, he broke every last blade of wheat.
17 But he sent a man on ahead: Joseph, sold as a slave.
18 They put cruel chains on his ankles, an iron collar around his neck,
19 Until God's word came to the Pharaoh, and God confirmed his promise.
20 God sent the king to release him. The Pharaoh set Joseph free;
21 He appointed him master of his palace, put him in charge of all his business
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