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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 39

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1 WHEN Joseph was taken down to Egypt by the Ishmaelites, he was bought from them by an Egyptian, Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's court officials, the captain of the guard. 2Joseph prospered, for the LORD was with him. He lived in the house of his Egyptian master, 3who saw that the LORD was with him and was giving him success in all that he undertook. 4Thus Joseph won his master's favour, and became his attendant. Indeed, his master put him in charge of his household, and entrusted him with everything he had. 5From the time that he put Joseph in charge of his household and all his property, the LORD blessed the household through Joseph; the LORD's blessing was on all that was his in house and field. 6Potiphar left it all in Joseph's care, and concerned himself with nothing but the food he ate.

Now Joseph was handsome in both face and figure, 7and after a time his master's wife became infatuated with him. ‘Come, make love to me,’ she said. 8But Joseph refused. ‘Think of my master,’ he said; ‘he leaves the management of his whole house to me; he has trusted me with all he has. 9I am as important in this house as he is, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How can I do such a wicked thing? It is a sin against God.’ 10Though she kept on at Joseph day after day, he refused to lie with her or be in her company.

11One day when he came into the house to see to his duties, and none of the household servants was there indoors, 12she caught him by his loincloth, saying, ‘Come, make love to me,’ but he left the loincloth in her hand and ran from the house. 13When she saw that he had left his loincloth and run out of the house, 14she called to her servants, ‘Look at this! My husband has brought in a Hebrew to bring insult on us. He came in here to rape me, but I gave a loud scream. 15When he heard me scream and call for help, he ran out, leaving his loincloth behind.’ 16She kept it by her until his master came home, 17and then she repeated her tale: ‘That Hebrew slave you brought in came to my room to make me an object of insult. 18But when I screamed for help, he ran out of the house, leaving his loincloth behind.’ 19Joseph's master was furious when he heard his wife's account of what his slave had done to her. 20He had Joseph seized and thrown into the guardhouse, where the king's prisoners were kept; and there he was confined. 21But the LORD was with Joseph and kept faith with him, so that he won the favour of the governor of the guardhouse. 22Joseph was put in charge of the prisoners, and he directed all their work. 23The governor ceased to concern himself with anything entrusted to Joseph, because the LORD was with him and gave him success in all that he did.

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