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Genesis 39

Joseph in Egypt

39:0Joseph's brothers sold him to the Ishmaelites. Genesis now goes back to what happened to Joseph after that.

1 Now the Ishmaelites took Joseph to Egypt. And they sold Joseph as a slave. Potiphar was one of Pharaoh's officers. He had authority over all the guards. And Potiphar bought Joseph from the Ishmaelites. 2 The LORD was with Joseph. And the LORD made good things happen to him. And Joseph lived in Potiphar's house. Potiphar was Joseph's Egyptian master. 3 Potiphar saw that the LORD was with Joseph. And everything that Joseph did was good. Potiphar saw that too. 4 So Potiphar was happy with Joseph. And Joseph became Potiphar's special servant. Potiphar gave Joseph authority over his household. And Joseph kept safe everything that belonged to Potiphar. 5 Potiphar gave Joseph authority over everything that belonged to him. Then the LORD blessed that household, because of Joseph.

6 So Joseph kept safe everything that belonged to Potiphar. Potiphar did not think about anything in his household. The only thing that Potiphar thought about was the food that he ate. Now, Joseph was a handsome man.

7 And after some time had passed, Potiphar's wife saw that Joseph was handsome. She said ‘Come to bed with me!’ 8 But Joseph would not do as she asked. He said ‘I care for my master's household. And my master does not think about anything in the house. I keep safe everything that belongs to him. 9 No one has more authority in this house than I do. My master keeps nothing from me except you. That is because you are his wife. I could not do such a bad thing. And I will not sin against God.’ 10 Potiphar's wife spoke to Joseph every day. But he still would not go to bed with her. He would not even be with her. 11 One day Joseph went into the house to work. And there were no other servants there. 12 Potiphar's wife took hold of Joseph's coat. She said ‘Come to bed with me!’ but Joseph left his coat in her hand. And he ran out of the house.

13 Potiphar's wife saw that he left his coat in her hand. She saw that he had run out of the house. 14 So she called her household servants. She said to them ‘Look, the Hebrew that Potiphar brought to us has no respect for us! He came in here to sleep with me. But I screamed. 15 When he heard me scream he ran out of the house. But he left his coat next to me.’ 16 Potiphar's wife kept the coat next to her until Joseph's master, Potiphar came home. 17 Then she told him this story: ‘That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me. He wanted to sleep with me. 18 But I screamed for help. And he left his coat next to me. And he ran out of the house.’

19 Joseph's master heard the story that his wife told him. She said ‘This is what your slave did to me.’ And Potiphar was very angry. 20 Joseph's master took Joseph, and put him in prison. He put Joseph in the king's prison. 21 The LORD was with Joseph while he was in prison. He was kind to Joseph, and the keeper of the prison liked Joseph. 22 So this man gave Joseph authority over all the people in prison. And Joseph cared for everything that was in the prison. 23 The keeper did not think about anything that Joseph had authority over. For the LORD was with Joseph. And everything that Joseph did went well.