Genesis Chapter 39 (Review)

  1. And Joseph was brought down to Egypt ; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmaelites, which had brought him down thither.

Back to the Joseph story, he was bought by Potiphar.

  1. And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

And the Lord was with him and he was prosperous, and lived in the house of his master….not boys’ quarters.

  1. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand

And Potiphar saw that the Lord was with him and for that reason, everything in his hand prospered.

  1. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.

While Joseph was serving him, Joseph found Favour in his sight, and Potiphar made him overseer in his house. Like a personal assistant. And over all his property.

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  1. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.

And when Joseph was made overseer, (since everything was now in his hand) the blessing of the Lord was upon the house and even the animals in the field.

  1. And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not aught he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well-favored.

And he totally left everything into the hand of Joseph to the point that he didn’t even know the things he had. The only thing he knew was the food he was eating. And Joseph was good and good in appearance

  1. And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

After these things…..Potiphars wife saw Joseph and cast her eyes on him and said…have sexual relations with me…

  1. But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
  2. there is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back anything from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?

But he refused.
He said…my master has given me everything in this house. Nobody is greater than me in this house. Yet he gave everything except you. Because you are his wife.
So how can I be this wicked (and take the only thing he didn’t give) and to sin against God. It is a sin to lie with another man’s wife…and greed is a sin also. Taking the only thing that wasn’t given.

  1. And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

And as she kept telling him day by day to lie with her, he did not agree, and at a point, he stopped being with her where she was…that the temptation might not get in.

  1. And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business ; and there was none of the men of the house there within

Then at some point, Joseph was doing his business in the house -overseeing- and no one else was in the house.

  1. And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

And she held him by his garment and asked him to lie with her…. (I’m guessing she held him in a way he could have yielded.) He left his garment in her hand so he could escape and he escaped. (That was his only way out at the time.

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  1. And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
  2. that she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in a Hebrew unto us to mock us ; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
  3. and it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.

Then she shouted and called all around the house and when they came him, she said…see… He has brought a Hebrew to mock us. He made an attempt on me and I cried out loud.
But when he heard me cry without stop, he ran and forgot his garment.

  1. And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.

And she held his garment by her till Potiphar came home.

  1. And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
  2. and it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
  3. And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me ; that his wrath was kindled.

And she told him,. The Hebrew boy you brought has come to mock me. He came in to make an attempt on me and when i cried out loud he ran out and forgot his garment.
And when Potiphar heard, he was aaaaangry.

  1. And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

So he took Joseph and put him in the prison for the Kings prisoners. He wasn’t even a servant of the King. He shouldn’t be there. But he was put there because the Kings prisoners get the greatest punishments.

  1. But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

But the Lord was with Joseph. And He showed him mercy, and Joseph found Favour in the eyes of the prison keeper. (When God is with you, all you do will prosper….see vs 2, mercy and grace will be constant…sadly, so will temptation)

  1. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.

And the prison keeper handed everyone in the prison to Joseph. So whatever they did, it was him.

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  1. The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand; because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper.

The prison keeper didn’t even have to check on things because Joseph did it so well and everything he did prospered.

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