Genesis 39:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 39:23, NIV: The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph's care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

Genesis 39:23, ESV: The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the LORD was with him. And whatever he did, the LORD made it succeed.

Genesis 39:23, KJV: The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.

Genesis 39:23, NASB: The warden of the prison did not supervise anything under Joseph’s authority, because the LORD was with him; and, the LORD made whatever he did prosper.

Genesis 39:23, NLT: The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The LORD was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.

Genesis 39:23, CSB: The warden did not bother with anything under Joseph's authority, because the Lord was with him, and the Lord made everything that he did successful.

What does Genesis 39:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Once again, Joseph found himself impressively blessed by God. Once again, he responded by working with integrity and faithfulness. After narrowly escaping death at the hands of his brothers (Genesis 37:18–20), Joseph was sold as a slave to an Egyptian master (Genesis 37:26–28; 39:1). There, his ability led to being put in charge of the entire household (Genesis 39:2–6). His master's wife, enraged when Joseph refused her seduction (Genesis 39:7–12), concocted a false charge of attempted rape Genesis 39:13–18). Rather than being immediately executed, Joseph has been thrown into prison (Genesis 39:19–20).

This time, it is the keeper of the jail who sees Joseph repeatedly succeed at all he does. Again, it seems Joseph makes a point of giving credit to God for his success: the jailkeeper seems to give that credit to the Lord, as well. In fact, the king's jailer comes to trust Joseph—a prisoner accused of attempted rape—so deeply that he stops even supervising anything Joseph is responsible for. The impression given is that Joseph has the run of the prison to do whatever is needed in serving others. He does it all with excellence (Genesis 39:21–22).