39- Potiphar’s Wife

Genesis 39

Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had brought him down there.

The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

Joseph found grace in Potiphar’s sight. And Joseph served Potiphar, and Potiphar made him overseer over his house and all that he had he put into his hand.

From the time that Potiphar had made Joseph overseer in his house and over all that he had, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house and in the field. And Potiphar left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he did not know anything he had, save the bread which he did eat.

Joseph was a goodly person and well favored. After these things, his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph.

Potiphar’s wife (to Joseph): Lie with me.

Joseph refused.

Joseph (to his master’s wife): Behold, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is none greater in this house than I; neither has he kept back any thing from me but you, because you are his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?

As she spoke to Joseph day by day, he did not listen to her, to lie by her or to be with her.

About this time, Joseph went into the house to do his business, and there was none of the men of the house there inside. Potiphar’s wife caught Joseph by his garment.

Potiphar’s wife: Lie with me.

Joseph left his garment in her hand and fled and got out. When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and was fled forth, she called to the men of her house and spoke to them.

Potiphar’s wife: See, my husband has brought in an Hebrew to us to mock us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice: When he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment with me and fled and got out.

And she laid up his garment by her until his lord came home.

Potiphar’s wife (to Potiphar): The Hebrew servant, which you have brought to us, came in to me to mock me. As I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment with me and fled out.

When the master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, his anger was kindled.

Potiphar’s wife: After this manner did your servant to me.

Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. The keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the Lord was with Joseph, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper.


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