17 And he put them all together into ward three days.

Other Translations of Genesis 42:17

New International Version

17 And he put them all in custody for three days.

English Standard Version

17 And he put them all together in custody for three days.

The Message

17 Then he threw them into jail for three days.

New King James Version

17 So he put them all together in prison three days.

New Living Translation

17 So Joseph put them all in prison for three days.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Genesis 42:17

Commentary on Genesis 42:7-20

(Read Genesis 42:7-20)

Joseph was hard upon his brethren, not from a spirit of revenge, but to bring them to repentance. Not seeing his brother Benjamin, he suspected that they had made away with him, and he gave them occasion to speak of their father and brother. God, in his providence, sometimes seems harsh with those he loves, and speaks roughly to those for whom yet he has great mercy in store. Joseph settled at last, that one of them should be left, and the rest go home and fetch Benjamin. It was a very encouraging word he said to them, "I fear God;" as if he had said, You may be assured I will do you no wrong; I dare not, for I know there is one higher than I. With those that fear God, we may expect fair dealing.