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.…
1. Providence keeps its method in multiplying mercy to His saints in misery.
2. The sins of others God sometimes maketh an occasion of refreshing His own servants.
3. Court officers are very prone to sin, and abuse favours.
4. Kings themselves are not secured from offences by their nearest servants (ver. 1).
5. Kings, offended, are apt to swell in wrath and displeasure.
6. Greatest wrath of kings is apt to rise against officers (ver. 2).
7. The wrath of kings usually causeth the restraint and imprisonment of their criminal subjects.
8. God orders place where the wrath of man imprisons, and that for His own ends.
9. Innocents and malefactors may lie together in the same prison (ver. 3).
10. God inclineth the hearts of chief commanders for imprisonment, more to the innocent than guilty.
11. Innocent prisoners under Providence may have the charge of malefactors.
12. Good souls trusted in any capacity, do execute it faithfully.
13. Set times and seasons of restraint God appoints to His own and others for His own ends.
14. All these Providence orders to be occasions of glorifying His grace in His saints (ver. 4).
(G. Hughes, B. 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.