But Joseph refused. "Look," he told her, "my master trusts me with everything in his entire household.
No one here has more authority than I do! He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I ever do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God."
She kept putting pressure on him day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible.
One day, however, no one else was around when he was doing his work inside the house.
She came and grabbed him by his shirt, demanding, "Sleep with me!" Joseph tore himself away, but as he did, his shirt came off. She was left holding it as he ran from the house.
When she saw that she had his shirt and that he had fled,
she began screaming. Soon all the men around the place came running. "My husband has brought this Hebrew slave here to insult us!" she sobbed. "He tried to rape me, but I screamed.
When he heard my loud cries, he ran and left his shirt behind with me."
She kept the shirt with her, and when her husband came home that night,
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)