Psalm 105:17
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New International Version
and he sent a man before them-- Joseph, sold as a slave.

New Living Translation
Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them--Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

English Standard Version
he had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

New American Standard Bible
He sent a man before them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

King James Bible
He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He had sent a man ahead of them-- Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

International Standard Version
He sent a man before them— Joseph, who had been sold as a slave.

NET Bible
He sent a man ahead of them--Joseph was sold as a servant.

New Heart English Bible
He sent a man before them. Joseph was sold for a slave.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He sent a man before them. Joseph was sold to slavery.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He sent a man ahead of them. He sent Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He sent a man before them; Joseph was sold for a servant;

New American Standard 1977
He sent a man before them,
            Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a slave,

King James 2000 Bible
He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:

American King James Version
He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:

American Standard Version
He sent a man before them; Joseph was sold for a servant:

Douay-Rheims Bible
He sent a man before them: Joseph, who was sold for a slave.

Darby Bible Translation
He sent a man before them: Joseph was sold for a bondman.

English Revised Version
He sent a man before them; Joseph was sold for a servant:

Webster's Bible Translation
He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:

World English Bible
He sent a man before them. Joseph was sold for a slave.

Young's Literal Translation
He hath sent before them a man, For a servant hath Joseph been sold.
Study Bible
Tell of His Wonderful Works!
16And He called for a famine upon the land; He broke the whole staff of bread. 17He sent a man before them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave. 18They afflicted his feet with fetters, He himself was laid in irons;…
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

Genesis 37:28
Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt.

Genesis 37:36
Meanwhile, the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh's officer, the captain of the bodyguard.

Genesis 39:1
Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there.

Genesis 45:5
"Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
Treasury of Scripture

He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:

he sent

Genesis 45:5,7,8 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you …

Genesis 50:20 But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it to …

Joseph

Genesis 37:27,28,36 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand …

Genesis 39:1 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of …

Genesis 45:4 And Joseph said to his brothers, Come near to me, I pray you. And …

Acts 7:9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but …

(17) Repeats Joseph's own explanation, twice given, of the ways of Providence in his life (Genesis 45:5; Genesis 1:20).

Verse 17. - He sent a man before them, even Joseph. This is the real sense, though it is not fully expressed in the Hebrew. On the providential sending of Joseph into Egypt, see his own words, "God did send me before you, to preserve life" (Genesis 45:5). Who was sold for a servant (comp. Genesis 33:28, 36; Genesis 39:1). He sent a man before them, even Joseph,.... Who, though but a lad of seventeen years of age when he was sold into Egypt, yet was a grown man when he stood before Pharaoh, and interpreted his dreams of plenty and famine to come; and advised him to lay up store in the years of plenty, against the years of famine; by which he appeared to be a wise man, as the Targum here calls him; see Genesis 37:3. Him God sent before into Egypt; before Jacob and his sons went down thither, to make provision for them, to support them in the time of famine, and preserve their lives. God is said to send him, though his brethren sold him out of envy; there being such a plain hand of Providence in this matter; and which is observed by Joseph himself over and over again, Genesis 45:5, in which he was a type of Christ, in whom all provisions are made, and by whom they are communicated unto his people; who all receive out of his fulness, and grace for grace.

Who was sold for a servant: either "to a servant": as to Potiphar, as Aben Ezra, who was a servant of Pharaoh's; or rather to be a servant, as Joseph was in his house: he was sold for twenty pieces of silver, as Christ, his antitype, for thirty; the price of a servant, Genesis 37:28, and who not only appeared in the form of a servant, but did the work of one: and a faithful and righteous servant he was to his Father, and on the behalf of his people. 17-21. Joseph was sent of God (Ge 45:5).105:8-23 Let us remember the Redeemer's marvellous works, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth. Though true Christians are few number, strangers and pilgrims upon earth, yet a far better inheritance than Canaan is made sure to them by the covenant of God; and if we have the anointing of the Holy Spirit, none can do us any harm. Afflictions are among our mercies. They prove our faith and love, they humble our pride, they wean us from the world, and quicken our prayers. Bread is the staff which supports life; when that staff is broken, the body fails and sinks to the earth. The word of God is the staff of spiritual life, the food and support of the soul: the sorest judgment is a famine of hearing the word of the Lord. Such a famine was sore in all lands when Christ appeared in the flesh; whose coming, and the blessed effect of it, are shadowed forth in the history of Joseph. At the appointed time Christ was exalted as Mediator; all the treasures of grace and salvation are at his disposal, perishing sinners come to him, and are relieved by him.
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