Journey Through Genesis
Prison Or ©
By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
B'nai Noach Torah Institute. LLC
Our discussion is in the loving memory of Helen, Gladys Ethel, Martha, John, Patrick, Ethel Channah, George, Gary Lee, Donald Wayne, Carrie, Stephen, Sharon, Florence Youman, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff, Michael and Channah may they rest in peace.
Dear Ones Prior to Genesis 42.16 prison was the 'the round house'. Beginning with Genesis 42.16 prison takes on an entirely different meaning as we shell see...
וַיִּקַּח אֲדֹנֵי יוֹסֵף אֹתוֹ וַיִּתְּנֵהוּ אֶל־בֵּית הַסֹּהַר מְקוֹם אֲשֶׁר־אסורי [אֲסִירֵי] הַמֶּלֶךְ אֲסוּרִים וַיְהִי־שָׁם בְּבֵית הַסֹּהַר
And Yoseif's master took him, and put him in the prison / the round house, a place where the king's prisoners were confined; and he was there in the prison / 'In The Round House'
וַיְהִי יְהוָֹה אֶת־יוֹסֵף וַיֵּט אֵלָיו חָסֶד וַיִּתֵּן חִנּוֹ בְּעֵינֵי שַׂר בֵּית־הַסֹּהַר:
However, HaShem was with everything from Aleph to Tav of Yoseif, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison / the round rouse.
וַיִּתֵּן שַׂר בֵּית־הַסֹּהַר בְּיַד־יוֹסֵף אֵת כָּל־הָאֲסִירִם אֲשֶׁר בְּבֵית הַסֹּהַר וְאֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר עֹשִׂים שָׁם הוּא הָיָה עֹשֶׂה
And the keeper of the prison committed to Yoseif's hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; and whatever was done there, he was the doer of it.
אֵין ׀ שַׂר בֵּית־הַסֹּהַר רֹאֶה אֶת־כָּל־מְאוּמָה בְּיָדוֹ בַּאֲשֶׁר יְהוָֹה אִתּוֹ וַאֲשֶׁר־הוּא עֹשֶׂה יְהוָֹה מַצְלִיחַ: פ
The keeper of the prison / the Round Hose looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because HaShem was with him, and that which he did, HaShem made it to prosper.
וַיַּחַלְמוּ חֲלוֹם שְׁנֵיהֶם אִישׁ חֲלֹמוֹ בְּלַיְלָה אֶחָד אִישׁ כְּפִתְרוֹן חֲלֹמוֹ הַמַּשְׁקֶה וְהָאֹפֶה אֲשֶׁר לְמֶלֶךְ מִצְרַיִם אֲשֶׁר אֲסוּרִים בְּבֵית הַסֹּהַר:
And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison /the round House.
שִׁלְחוּ מִכֶּם אֶחָד וְיִקַּח אֶת־אֲחִיכֶם וְאַתֶּם הֵאָסְרוּ וְיִבָּחֲנוּ דִּבְרֵיכֶם הַאֱמֶת אִתְּכֶם וְאִם־לֹא חֵי פַרְעֹה כִּי מְרַגְּלִים אַתֶּם:
Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and you shall be kept in prison, tied up confined [in my house] that your words may be proved, whether there is any truth in you; or else by the life of Pharaoh surely you are spies.
וַיֶּאֱסֹף אֹתָם אֶל־מִשְׁמָר שְׁלשֶׁת יָמִים:
17 And he put them all together under guard [in the prison] for three days.
אִם־כֵּנִים אַתֶּם אֲחִיכֶם אֶחָד יֵאָסֵר בְּבֵית מִשְׁמַרְכֶם וְאַתֶּם לְכוּ הָבִיאוּ שֶׁבֶר רַעֲבוֹן בָּתֵּיכֶם:
If you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined in the house of your prison; you go, carry grain for the famine of your houses.
Yoseif did not want his brother to experience the prisons he did. May we be kind to those around us. May we be tender hearted about their needs. May our Creator be blessed.
Blessings and peace,
Dr. Akiva Gamliel & Rebbetzin Revi Belk