Genesis 39:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 39:3, NIV: When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did,

Genesis 39:3, ESV: His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD caused all that he did to succeed in his hands.

Genesis 39:3, KJV: And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

Genesis 39:3, NASB: Now his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all that he did prosper in his hand.

Genesis 39:3, NLT: Potiphar noticed this and realized that the LORD was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did.

Genesis 39:3, CSB: When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made everything he did successful,

What does Genesis 39:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

From an outsider's perspective, Joseph's life had taken a terrible turn. He had been cruelly betrayed by his jealous brothers and sold into slavery in a foreign country (Genesis 37:26–28). His story did not end there, though, because the Lord remained with Joseph. The evidence of the Lord's presence was that Joseph succeeded in everything he did above and beyond what would have been considered normal for a slave (Genesis 39:2).

Potiphar, as well, concluded that Joseph's success was due to the influence of God. It's likely Joseph was quick to give God the credit for his own superb performance. His reputation for success will result in Potiphar giving Joseph enormous trust (Genesis 39:6).