Genesis 37:36 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 37:36, NIV: Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.

Genesis 37:36, ESV: Meanwhile the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard.

Genesis 37:36, KJV: And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.

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

Genesis 37:36, NLT: Meanwhile, the Midianite traders arrived in Egypt, where they sold Joseph to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Potiphar was captain of the palace guard.

Genesis 37:36, CSB: Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and the captain of the guards.

What does Genesis 37:36 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph's deceitful older brothers are watching helplessly as their father Jacob suffers (Genesis 37:31–35). Meanwhile, Joseph arrives as a slave in Egypt (Genesis 37:18–30), having been sold by his jealous siblings (Genesis 37:3–4). Joseph was purchased by Potiphar, a high ranking official in Pharaoh's government (Genesis 39:1).

The following chapter will focus on a series of sordid events in the life of Judah. However, God has not abandoned Joseph. He is directly in the center of God's difficult will for his life. What Joseph's brothers have done out of hatred and evil will be used, by God, to save their entire family (Genesis 50:20).