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~ 39 ~

Parashah 9: Vayeshev (Continued)
(“He continued living”) Gen 37:1–40:23
(Small Roman numerals in the text indicate each 'aliyah.)

[Egypt [MAP] 1699-1690 BCE]

D. Joseph in Egypt (39:1⁠–⁠41:57)

1. Joseph and Potiphar (39:1⁠–⁠23)

(v) 1When Yosef was taken down to Egypt, Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites that had brought him down there.

a. Yosef Prospers in Egypt (39:2-6)

 2יְהוָ֛ה was with Yosef, so he was a successful man, and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3When his master saw that יְהוָ֛ה was with him, and that יְהוָ֛ה made everything that Yosef did successful, 4Yosef found favor in his master’s sight. So Yosef became his personal servant, and Potiphar made him overseer over his household, and put everything that he owned under his authority. 5From the time that he put him in charge of his household and everything that he owned, יְהוָ֛ה blessed the Egyptian’s house because of Yosef. Thus יְהוָ֛ה’s blessing was on everything he owned, both in the house and in his fields. 6He left all that he owned under Yosef’s authority, and didn’t concern himself with anything except food which he ate.

Now Yosef was well-built and handsome.

b. Yosef and Potifar’s Wife (39:7-19) [1690 BCE (R), 1689 (K)]

(vi) 7Some time later, his master’s wife looked longingly at Yosef and said, “Have sex with me.”

8But he refused, and said to his master’s wife, “Hinneh,[GN] with me here my master doesn’t concern himself with anything in his house, and he has put everything he has under my aythority. 9No one in this house is greater than I am, and he has not withheld anything from me except you, because you are his wife. So how can I do this great evil and sin against Elohim?”[9] [GN]

10Although she spoke to Yosef day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be near her. 11One day he went into the house to do his work, and none of the household servants were there inside. 12She grabbed him by his cloak and said, “Go to bed with me!”

But leaving his cloak in her hand, he escaped and ran outside.[12] 13When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run outside, 14she called to her household servants, “Look, my husband brought a Hebrew man here to make fools of us. He tried to rape me and I screamed.[14] 15When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran outside.” 16She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home. 17Then she told him the same story, “That Hebrew servant you brought to us came to make a fool of me, 18but when I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran outside.”

19When his master heard his wife say, “This is what your servant did to me,” his became irate.

c. Yosef Falsely Imprisoned (39:20-23) [1690 BCE]

 20So Yosef’s master took him and put him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Yosef was there in prison, 21יְהוָ֛ה was with him and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the eyes of the prison’s warden.[21] 22The warden put all the prisoners who were in that prison under Yosef’s authority, and he was responsible for everything they did there. 23The warden didn’t bother with anything that was under Yosef’s  authority, because יְהוָ֛ה was with him; and יְהוָ֛ה made everything he did successful.

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 9. This would have meant nothing at all to Mrs. Potiphar, as Egypt had hundreds of gods and she would have considered Yosef’s God mere superstition. [RETURN}

12. Clearly, the best way to avoid sin is to run from it! [RETURN}

14. Literally, “he came toward me to lie with me, and I called with a loud voice,” [RETURN}

 21. Hebrew שַׂ֥ר (śar), prince, ruler, leader, chief, chieftain, official, captain (of the prison). [RETURN}

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