Genesis 39:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 39:4, NIV: Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.

Genesis 39:4, ESV: So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.

Genesis 39:4, KJV: And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.

Genesis 39:4, NASB: So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and put him in charge of all that he owned.

Genesis 39:4, NLT: This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned.

Genesis 39:4, CSB: Joseph found favor with his master and became his personal attendant. Potiphar also put him in charge of his household and placed all that he owned under his authority.

What does Genesis 39:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

An Egyptian slave could be put to work in many different roles. Potiphar, a powerful man in Egypt, likely had slaves working in fields and doing other outdoor work. He may have had many indoor slaves responsible for various duties. Only the most trusted of slaves could hope to be given responsibility for decisions that otherwise would have been made by the master himself. It would have been extremely unusual for a captive slave to be allowed to oversee everything his master owned (Genesis 39:5–6).

Joseph's skill and ability are both respected and recognized by Potiphar (Genesis 39:3). Potiphar trusted Joseph, appreciated him, and gave credit to the Lord for Joseph's great success in all he did. As the right-hand man of one of the most powerful leaders in Egypt, Joseph had quickly become a significant man in his own right.