Genesis Chapter 39

Genesis 39 begins with Joseph being sold by the Ishmeelites as a slave to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s officer and commander of the guard. He sees that Joseph is successful at whatever he undertakes and appoints him as his personal attendant, putting him in charge of his whole household and entrusting him with all his possessions. However, Potiphar’s wife claims that Joseph tried to rape her, so he is imprisoned.

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Potiphar is Pleased with Joseph

After Potiphar purchased Joseph, he noticed that the Lord’s blessing was with him in whatever he did. Joseph served Potiphar well and eventually found favor in his sight. He was given the highest position in the household and oversaw all of Potiphar’s possessions. And the Lord blessed Potiphar’s house for Joseph’s sake.

Potiphar’s Wife Tempts Joseph

As time passed, Potiphar’s wife became attracted to Joseph and invited him to sleep with her. Being virtuous, Joseph refused and said he would not betray her husband in such a manner or sin against God. Though he rejected her advances, Potiphar’s wife continued trying to tempt Joseph even as he continued to refuse.

Joseph is Accused

One day, Potiphar’s wife and Joseph happened to be alone in the house together. Seizing the opportunity, she tore off his tunic and insisted that he sleep with her. Joseph ran out of the house in an effort to avoid the situation, leaving his clothing with her. Upset and humiliated by this rejection, Potiphar’s wife called the other servants and claimed that Joseph tried to attack her and ran away when she screamed. She repeated the lie to Potiphar upon his return home. Her husband believed her and became so enraged that Joseph would attempt such a thing. He had Joseph arrested and sent to jail.

Joseph is Imprisoned

Though he had been arrested, Joseph continued to be blessed by God and found favor with the chief jailer. He gave Joseph charge of all the prisoners and made him responsible for all that happened in the jail.

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Genesis Chapter 39 (King James Version)

1 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.
2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that theLORD 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.
6 And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.
7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
8 But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
14 That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
15 And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.
16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
17 And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
19 And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.
20 And 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.
21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
22 And 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.
23 The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.

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