Psalms 105:18

18 They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons,

Psalms 105:18 in Other Translations

18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:
18 His feet were hurt with fetters; his neck was put in a collar of iron;
18 They bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar.
18 They put cruel chains on his ankles, an iron collar around his neck,
18 They hurt his feet with shackles; his neck was put in an iron collar.

Psalms 105:18 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 105:18

Whose feet they hurt with fetters
For it seems Joseph was not only cast into prison, upon the calumny of his mistress; but had fetters put upon him, and his feet were made fast with them; and these were so close and heavy, as to pinch and gall and hurt him; which, though not mentioned in his history, was undoubtedly true; see ( Genesis 39:20 ) .

He was laid in iron:
or "the iron" (or, as the Targum, "the iron chain") "went into his Soul" F6; his body; it ate into him, and gave him great pain: or rather, as it is in the king's Bible, "his soul went into the iron chain"; there being, as Aben Ezra observes, an ellipsis of the particle (b) , and which is supplied by Symmachus, and so in the Targum; that is, his body was enclosed in iron bands, so Buxtorf F7. In all this he was a type of Christ, whose soul was made exceeding sorrowful unto death: he was seized by the Jews, led bound to the high priest, fastened to the cursed tree, pierced with nails, and more so with the sins of his people he bore; and was laid in the prison of the grave; from whence and from judgment he was brought, ( Isaiah 53:8 ) .


F6 So Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus.
F7 Lexic. "in voce" (lzrb) .

Psalms 105:18 In-Context

16 He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food;
17 and he sent a man before them— Joseph, sold as a slave.
18 They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons,
19 till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true.
20 The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Genesis 40:15
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