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Psalms 105:17

    Psalms 105:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was given as a servant for a price:

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 105:17

    He sent a man before them - That is, He so ordered it by his providence that a man - Joseph - was sent before the family of Jacob into Egypt, that he might make arrangements for their reception and preservation. The whole matter was as God had sent him, or had commanded him to go. And yet it was brought about as the result of a series of acts of the most wicked character; by the envy and the hatred of his brethren; by their guilt and hardness of heart in proposing at first to put him to death, and then in their arrangements for selling him to hopeless slavery; by their plan so to dispose of him that their father might never hear of him again, and that they might be troubled with him no more. God did not cause these acts. He did not command them; he did not approve of them. And yet, since they did occur, and since Joseph's brethren were so wicked, God made use of these things to accomplish his own benevolent purposes, and to carry out his great designs. So he makes use of the passions of wicked people at all times to execute his plans (compare the notes at Isaiah 10:5-7; see also Psalm 76:10; and Genesis 50:20); and so he will do to the end of time. People are free in their wickedness; but God is equally free in frustrating their schemes, and overruling their designs for the accomplishment of his own purposes.

    Who was sold for a servant - For a slave; Genesis 37:28, Genesis 37:36; Genesis 39:1.