39:1–23 The narrative returns to Joseph in Egypt, where he survives a succession of injustices and is advanced because “the Lord was with him” (vv. 2, 23). God orchestrates an astonishing chain of events that move unerringly to save His people (Ps. 105:16–22). Joseph’s initial privilege in Potiphar’s house (vv. 2–6; cf. 47:6), his affliction and imprisonment (v. 20; cf. Ex. 1:8–14), and his deliverance (v. 21; 41:37–45; cf. Ex. 3:21; 12:31–42) prefigure the later experience of Israel as a whole in Egypt. See note 37:2–50:26.