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Genesis 39 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:1 - Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:2 - The LORD was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:3 - When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:4 - Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:5 - From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the LORD was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:6 - So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:7 - and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:8 - But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:9 - No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:10 - And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:11 - One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:12 - She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:13 - When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:14 - she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:15 - When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:16 - She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:17 - Then she told him this story: “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:18 - But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:19 - When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:20 - Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:21 - the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:22 - So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 39:23 - The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

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