This chapter is about Joseph (with the coat of many colors), the slave & Potiphar’s wife, the lady in the picture. Make of that what you will. This chapter doesn’t really need an intro. So I hope you enjoy this chapter. On a personal level, I’ve always enjoyed this chapter. I’ll say this: I don’t care much for the ending of this chapter. But the overall story arc has happy ending! Again, I hope you enjoy!
Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar (a high-ranking Egyptian official, the captain of the guard) bought Joseph from the Ishmaelites, who took him there. God was with Joseph. He prospered & lived in Potiphar’s house. (Remember: Joseph is a slave, at this point.) When Potiphar saw that God was with Joseph & God gave Joseph favor in Potiphar’s eyes, Joseph became his attendant.
Potiphar put Joseph in charge of everything. The only thing Potiphar had to worry about was the food he ate. And while Joseph was in charge of everything, God blessed Potiphar.
Joseph was handsome & well-built. (Whatever that was back then!) After a while, Potiphar’s wife started taking notice of Joseph. Telling Joseph to go to bed with her. Joseph says nope, telling her that Potiphar doesn’t worry about anything with him in charge. He goes on to tell her that he couldn’t do something so wicked against God. She kept trying day after day. And day after day, Joseph rebuffed her advances & wouldn’t even be with her.
One day Joseph went into the house to attend to his duties. None of the household servants were inside the house. Potiphar’s wife got ahold of his cloak & asked him to come to bed with her. He ran out of the house, leaving the cloak in her hands. When she saw that Joseph had left his cloak in her hand & had run out of the house, she called out to her household servants. Saying, “Look, this Hebrew (2nd mention of the word “Hebrew”) has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed! He heard me scream, he ran out of the house & left his cloak.”
She kept his cloak beside her until Potiphar came home. She tells the same story to him that she told the servants. After Potiphar heard this he threw Joseph in prison!! That’s right. Thrown in prison. But while Joseph was in prison, God was still with him. Joseph found favor in the prison warden’s eyes. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all that was done there. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care. Because God was with Joseph & gave Joseph success in whatever he did.