Genesis 40:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 40:3, NIV: "and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined."

Genesis 40:3, ESV: "and he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined."

Genesis 40:3, KJV: "And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound."

Genesis 40:3, NASB: "So he put them in confinement in the house of the captain of the bodyguard, in the prison, the same place where Joseph was imprisoned."

Genesis 40:3, NLT: "and he put them in the prison where Joseph was, in the palace of the captain of the guard."

Genesis 40:3, CSB: "and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guards in the prison where Joseph was confined."

What does Genesis 40:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, was enraged at his cupbearer and baker, formerly trusted servants. We're not told what they did to make him angry. We do know they were cast into the same prison housing Joseph (Genesis 39:11–20). He is there on a false charge, unlike the baker and cupbearer who are guilty of some crime. As before, Joseph's integrity and knack for success have made him rise to leadership, even within the prison (Genesis 39:21–23).

This prison is somehow attached to the house in which Joseph formerly served. While Joseph's Egyptian master was identified as the captain of the guard (Genesis 39:1), the name Potiphar is no longer used in Joseph's story. For that reason, it's unclear if Potiphar is still in that position when these two men are brought in.