Genesis 39: Joseph is Framed by Potiphar’s Wife; Joseph in Prison


Hebrew-English Text

I. Summary

Yahweh blesses Joseph, who is given control of his master Potiphar’s house. Joseph refuses the advances of Potiphar’s wife so she accuses him of rape. Potiphar sends Joseph to Pharaoh’s prison. Yahweh blesses Joseph again and he is put in charge of the prison.

II. Photo

Potiphar’s wife makes a move on Joseph:  “Joseph was handsome and good-looking, and after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, ‘Lie with me.’” (vv. 6-7)

III. Select Verses

6b-10: Now Joseph was handsome and good-looking. And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, with me here, my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my hand. He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” And although she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not consent to lie beside her or to be with her.

16-18: Then she kept his garment by her until his master came home,  and she told him the same story, saying, “The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought among us, came in to me to insult me; but as soon as I raised my voice and cried out, he left his garment beside me, and fled outside.”

20-23: And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; he remained there in prison. But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love; he gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s care all the prisoners who were in the prison, and whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. The chief jailer paid no heed to anything that was in Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper.

IV. Outline

1. Joseph was sold to Potiphar

2-6a. Yahweh blesses Potiphar’s house because of Joseph, who is given control of the house

6b-7. Potiphar’s wife tries to sleep with Joseph

8-9. Joseph refuses because of Potiphar and Yahweh

10. Joseph refuses many times

11-12. Joseph again refuses Potiphar’s wife, who steals his cloak

13-18. Potiphar’s wife accuses Joseph of rape

19-20. Potiphar throws Joseph in Pharaoh’s jail

21-23. Yahweh watches over Joseph, who is put in charge of the jail

V. Comment

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