And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Genesis 40:4-5. The captain of the guard — Namely, Potiphar, Genesis 37:36, who, probably being informed by his under-keeper of Joseph’s great care and faithfulness, began to have a better opinion of him, although for his own quiet and his wife’s reputation, he left him still in prison.
According to the interpretation of his dream — By Joseph. The dream and the interpretation answered each other.
They continued a season in ward—literally, "days," how long, is uncertain; but as they were called to account on the king's birthday, it has been supposed that their offense had been committed on the preceding anniversary [Calvin].A season, Heb. days, i.e. either many days, or a year, as that word sometimes signifies. See Genesis 24:55.
and he served them; he ministered unto them, and brought them every thing they wanted:
and they continued a season in ward; or "days" (y); some certain days, many days, a year, as Jarchi and Ben Gersom interpret it, and which is sometimes the use of the word. The story of the butler and baker is told, partly to show the divine faculty of interpreting dreams Joseph was possessed of; and partly to observe the remarkable steps in Providence, though secret, towards his advancement in Pharaoh's court.And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)4. charged Joseph with them] i.e. put them under the care of Joseph, who is to be in attendance on them, not as a fellow-prisoner, but as a servant in his master’s house. Compare the words of “the chief butler” in Genesis 41:12 (also from E), “there was with us there a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard.” This is different from the idea given in Genesis 39:22, where he is a prisoner, and appointed by the “keeper of the prison” to look after the other prisoners.
a season] Lit. “days.”Verse 4. - And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them (literally, set Joseph with them, i.e. as a companion or servant; to wait upon them, since they were high officers of State, not to keep watch over them as criminals), and he served them (i.e. acted as their attendant): and they continued a season in ward (literally, and they were days, i.e. an indefinite period, in prison). Genesis 37:36).
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