Genesis 39:11

11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside.

Read Genesis 39:11 Using Other Translations

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.
But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house,
One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work.

What does Genesis 39:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 39:11

And it came to pass about this time
About a week, or a month, or rather a year, as Aben Ezra thinks, after she first began her solicitations to him. According to Josephus F18, it was a public festival, at which women used to attend; but she excused herself, pretending illness; and so Jarchi takes it to be some noted day at the idol's temple, to which all used to go; but she pretended she was sick, and could not go, knowing that Joseph would not be there, but at home, and therefore judged this a fit opportunity to attack him once more: and so it was, that [Joseph] went into the house to do his business:
to inspect the accounts, as the Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan paraphrase it, and settle them: and [there was] none of the men of the house there within;
being all gone to the public festival, or however there were none in that part of the house where Joseph was.


FOOTNOTES:

F18 Antiqu. l. 2. c. 4. sect. 3.
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