Genesis 39 CSB

Joseph in Potiphar's House

1 Now Joseph had been taken to Egypt. An Egyptian [named] Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him there.

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      2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, servinga in the household of his Egyptian master.

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        • a 39:2 - Lit and he was
          3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made everything he did successful,
          4 Joseph found favor in his master's sight and became his personal attendant. Potiphar also put him in charge of his household and placed all that he owned under his authority.b

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            • b 39:4 - Lit owned in his hand
              5 From the time that he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house because of Joseph. The Lord's blessing was on all that he owned, in his house and in his fields.
              6 He left all that he owned under Joseph's authority;c he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome.

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                • c 39:6 - Lit owned in Joseph's hand
                  7 After some timed his master's wife looked longingly at Joseph and said, "Sleep with me."

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                    • d 39:7 - Lit And after these things
                      8 But he refused and said to his master's wife, "Look, my master does not concern himself with anything in his house, and he has put all that he owns under my authority.e

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                        • e 39:8 - Lit owns in my hand
                          9 No one in this house is greater than I am. He has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. So how could I do such a great evil and sin against God?"f

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                              10 Although she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refusedg to go to bed with her.

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                                • g 39:10 - Lit did not listen to her
                                  11 Now one day he went into the house to do his work, and none of the household servants was there.h

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                                    • h 39:11 - Lit there in the house
                                      12 She grabbed him by his garment and said, "Sleep with me!" But leaving his garment in her hand, he escaped and ran outside.
                                      13 When she realized that he had left his garment with her and had run outside,
                                      14 she called the household servants. "Look," she said to them, "my husband brought a Hebrew man to us to make fun of us. He came to me so he could sleep with me, and I screamed as loud as I could.
                                      15 When he heard me screaming for help,i he left his garment with me and ran outside."

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                                        • i 39:15 - Lit me raise my voice and scream
                                          16 She put Joseph's garment beside her until his master came home.
                                          17 Then she told him the same story: "The Hebrew slave you brought to us came to me to make fun of me,
                                          18 but when I screamed for help,j he left his garment with me and ran outside."

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                                            • j 39:18 - Lit I raised my voice and screamed
                                              19 When his master heard the story his wife told him-"These are the things your slave did to me"-he was furious
                                              20 and had him thrown into prison, where the king's prisoners were confined. So Joseph was there in prison.

                                              Joseph in Prison

                                              21 But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him. He granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.

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                                                  22 The warden put all the prisoners who were in the prison under Joseph's authority,k and he was responsible for everything that was done there.

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                                                    • k 39:22 - Lit prison in the hand of Joseph
                                                      23 The warden did not bother with anything under Joseph's authority,l because the Lord was with him, and the Lord made everything that he did successful.m

                                                      References for Genesis 39:23

                                                        • l 39:23 - Lit anything in his hand
                                                        • m 39:23 - Gn 39:2-3