Genesis 39

Posted on May 21, 2020No Comment
Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt.
Potiphar, an Egyptian
who was one of Pharaoh’s officials,
the captain of the guard,
bought him from the Ishmaelites
who had taken him there.

The Lord was with Joseph
so that he prospered,
and he lived in the
house of his Egyptian master.
When his master saw that
the Lord was with him
and that the Lord gave him success
in everything he did,
Joseph found favor in his eyes
and became his attendant.
Potiphar put him in charge
of his household, and he entrusted
to his care everything he owned.
From the time he put him
in charge of his household
and of all that he owned,
the Lord blessed the household
of the Egyptian because of Joseph.
The blessing of the Lord
was on everything Potiphar had,
both in the house and in the field.
So Potiphar left everything
he had in Joseph’s care;
with Joseph in charge,
he did not concern himself
with anything except the food he ate.
Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,
and after a while his master’s
wife took notice of Joseph and said,
“Come to bed with me!”

But he refused. “With me in charge,”
he told her, “my master does not
concern himself with anything in the house;
everything he owns he has
entrusted to my care.
No one is greater in this house than I am.
My master has withheld
nothing from me except you,
because you are his wife.
How then could I do such 
 wicked thing and sin against God?”
And though she spoke to Joseph day after day,
he refused to go to bed with her
or even be with her.

One day he went into the house
to attend to his duties,
and none of the household servants was inside.
She caught him by his cloak and said,
“Come to bed with me!”
But he left his cloak in her hand
and ran out of the house.

When she saw that he had left
his cloak in her hand
and had run out of the house,
she called her household servants.
“Look,” she said to them,
“this Hebrew has been brought
to us to make sport of us!
He came in here to sleep with me,
but I screamed.
When he heard me scream for help,
he left his cloak beside me
and ran out of the house.”

She kept his cloak beside her
until his master came home.
Then she told him this story:
“That Hebrew slave you brought us
came to me to make sport of me.
But as soon as I screamed for help,
he left his cloak beside me
and ran out of the house.”

When his master heard the story
his wife told him, saying,
“This is how your slave treated me,”
he burned with anger.
Joseph’s master took him
and put him in prison,
the place where the king’s
prisoners were confined.
But while Joseph was there
in the prison, the Lord was with him;
he showed him kindness
and granted him favor
in the eyes of the prison warden.
So the warden put Joseph in charge
of all those held in the prison,
and he was made responsible
for all that was done there.
The warden paid no attention
to anything under Joseph’s care,
because the Lord was with Joseph
and gave him success in whatever he did.

Genesis 39:1‭-‬23 NIV

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