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1 Joseph had been taken to Egypt. Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s Egyptian officials and captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.

2 Jehovah was with Joseph. Joseph became a successful man. He worked in the house of his Egyptian master.

3 Joseph’s master saw that Jehovah was with him. Jehovah made him succeed in everything he did.

4 Potiphar was pleased with him and made him his personal servant. He put him in charge of his house and everything he owned.

5 Jehovah blessed the Egyptian’s household and everything he had in his house and in his fields because of Joseph.

6 Potiphar turned over everything he had to the care of Joseph. He did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Joseph was well built and good-looking.

7 Soon his master’s wife began to desire Joseph and asked him to go to bed with her.

8 He refused, and said to her: »My master does not have to concern himself with anything in the house, because I am here. He has put me in charge of everything he has.

9 »No one in this house is greater than I. He has kept nothing back from me except you. You are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?«

10 She kept asking Joseph day after day. He refused to go to bed with her or be with her.

11 One day he went into the house to do his work. None of the household servants were there.

12 She grabbed him by his coat and said: »Come to bed with me!« But he ran outside and left his coat in her hand.

13 When she realized that he had gone but had left his coat behind,

14 she called her household servants and said to them: »Look! My husband brought this Hebrew here to fool around with us. He came in and tried to go to bed with me. I screamed as loud as I could.

15 »When he heard me scream, he ran out of the house, leaving his coat with me.«

16 Potiphar’s wife kept Joseph’s coat until her husband came home.

17 She said: »That Hebrew slave of yours tried to rape me!

18 »When I screamed for help, he left his coat and ran out of the house.«


19 Potiphar became very angry

20 and threw Joseph in the same prison where the king’s prisoners were kept. While Joseph was in prison,

21 Jehovah helped him and was good to him. He even made the jailer like Joseph so much that

22 he put him in charge of the other prisoners and of everything that was done in the jail.

23 The jailer did not worry about anything, because Jehovah was with Joseph and made him successful in all that he did.

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