And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.
Too often it happens to the righteous according to the wish of the wicked. Here we find two men who had sinned against their lord, the king of Egypt, confined in the same prison with Joseph. Yet the same prison is not the same thing to a good and to a bad man. The two offenders trembled in anxious dread of some worse punishment; and the consciousness of their demerit, if they were really guilty, was more painful to them than the irons were to Joseph, although they entered into his soul. Joseph had the testimony of his conscience to cheer him. He not only suffered without cause, but suffered for righteousness' sake, and trusted that God would bring his sufferings to a comfortable conclusion. In the world you may meet with much distress; but keep consciences void of offence towards God and man, and you shall be preserved from the sting and venom of those troubles that Providence allots you. "Let no man suffer as a thief, as an evil-doer, as a busy-body in other men's matters. But if any man suffer as a Christian," or without deserving to suffer, "let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God, who executes righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed."
(G. Lawson, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.