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 Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

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 Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.

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

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

4 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.

5 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.

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

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Genesis Chapter 39 again returns to the story of Joseph who is now in Egypt where with the help of his Lord, even though he is a slave, he has prospered.

His Egyptian master Potiphar has taken note of the fact that the Lord is with Joseph and gives him success in everything he does, so Potiphar took Joseph into his own house and put all of his possessions in Joseph’s hands.  The arrangement caused Potiphar to be well blessed both in the household and the fields.  With Joseph in charge, Potiphar, according to the scripture, did not concern himself with anything “save the bread which he did eat..”

So it would seem that although Joseph was a slave and under the rule of a master, he was in actuality a sort of independent business manager who had autonomy to take care of things on his own.  With the help of the Lord, he is prospering by doing his job well.

Betty Killebrew

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