Genesis 39:21
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New International Version
the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.

New Living Translation
But the LORD was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the LORD made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.

English Standard Version
But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

New American Standard Bible
But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.

King James Bible
But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him. He granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.

International Standard Version
But the LORD was with Joseph. He extended gracious love to him, causing the prison warden to be pleased with Joseph.

NET Bible
But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him kindness. He granted him favor in the sight of the prison warden.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
the LORD was with him. The LORD reached out to him with his unchanging love and gave him protection. The LORD also put Joseph on good terms with the warden.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy and gave him grace in the sight of the prince of the house of the prison.

King James 2000 Bible
But the LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

American King James Version
But the LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

American Standard Version
But Jehovah was with Joseph, and showed kindness unto him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the Lord was with Joseph and having mercy upon him gave him favour in the sight of the chief keeper of the prison:

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah was with Joseph, and extended mercy to him, and gave him favour in the eyes of the chief of the tower-house.

English Revised Version
But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed kindness unto him, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

World English Bible
But Yahweh was with Joseph, and showed kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah is with Joseph, and stretcheth out kindness unto him, and putteth his grace in the eyes of the chief of the round-house;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

39:19-23 Joseph's master believed the accusation. Potiphar, it is likely, chose that prison, because it was the worst; but God designed to open the way to Joseph's honour. Joseph was owned and righted by his God. He was away from all his friends and relations; he had none to help or comfort him; but the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy. Those that have a good conscience in a prison, have a good God there. God gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison; he trusted him to manage the affairs of the prison. A good man will do good wherever he is, and will be a blessing even in bonds and banishment. Let us not forget, through Joseph, to look unto Jesus, who suffered being tempted, yet without sin; who was slandered, and persecuted, and imprisoned, but without cause; who by the cross ascended to the throne. May we be enabled to follow the same path in submitting and in suffering, to the same place of glory.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - But (even if Joseph was harshly treated in the tower of Heliopolis) the Lord - Jehovah (vide on ver. 5) - was with Joseph (vide ver. 2), and showed him mercy (literally, extended kindness unto him), and gave him favor in the eyes of the keeper (or captain) of the prison (or round house).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the Lord was with Joseph,.... Comforting him with his presence under his afflictions; supporting him with his right hand; sanctifying all his troubles to him, and so causing him to bear them patiently and cheerfully:

and showed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison; who was the underkeeper to Potiphar; God so wrought upon the heart of this man, that he was merciful to him, and took off the iron fetters, which hurt his feet, and gave him liberty to walk about; and many other favours and kindnesses he showed unto him, as follow.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21-23. The Lord … gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison, &c.—It is highly probable, from the situation of this prison (Ge 40:3), that the keeper might have been previously acquainted with Joseph and have had access to know his innocence of the crime laid to his charge, as well as with all the high integrity of his character. That may partly account for his showing so much kindness and confidence to his prisoner. But there was a higher influence at work; for "the Lord was with Joseph, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper."

Genesis 39:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Joseph Falsely Imprisoned
20So Joseph's master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king's prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail. 21But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. 22The chief jailer committed to Joseph's charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it.…
Cross References
Acts 7:9
"Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him

Acts 7:10
and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.

Genesis 39:2
The LORD was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.

Exodus 3:21
"And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.

Exodus 11:3
(The LORD made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh's officials and by the people.)

Exodus 12:36
The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.

Psalm 105:19
till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true.

Daniel 1:9
Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel,
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shewed him mercy. Heb. extended kindness unto him. gave him.

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