Joseph recognized God’s loving care for him, and he was not willing to hurt the One who so loved him (v. 9).

BibleGateway: Genesis 39:1-10

ESV Text: Genesis 39:1-10

Genesis 39:1–10 (Listen)

Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

39:1 Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had, in house and field. So he left all that he had in Joseph’s charge, and because of him he had no concern about anything but the food he ate.

Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. 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, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge. He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” 10 And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her.

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 39

     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.

     7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. 8 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; 9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? 10 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 395:
O God, Thou Faithful God

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1. O God, Thou faithful God, 
Thou Fountain ever flowing, 
Who good and perfect gifts 
In mercy art bestowing, 
Give me a healthy frame, 
And may I have within 
A conscience free from blame, 
A soul unhurt by sin! 

2. Grant Thou me strength to do 
With ready heart and willing 
Whate’er Thou shalt command, 
My calling here fulfilling; 
To do it when I ought, 
With all my might, and bless 
The work I thus have wrought, 
For Thou must give success. 

3. Oh, let me never speak 
What bounds of truth exceedeth; 
Grant that no idle word 
From out my mouth proceedeth; 
And then, when in my place 
I must and ought to speak, 
My words grant power and grace 
Lest I offend the weak. 

4. If dangers gather round, 
Still keep me calm and fearless; 
Help me to bear the cross 
When life is dark and cheerless; 
And let me win my foe 
With words and actions kind. 
When counsel I would know, 
Good counsel let me find. 

5. And let me with all men, 
As far as in me lieth, 
In peace and friendship live. 
And if Thy gift supplieth 
Great wealth and honor fair, 
Then this refuse me not, 
That naught be mingled there 
Of goods unjustly got. 

6. If Thou a longer life 
Hast here on earth decreed me; 
If Thou through many ills 
To age at length wilt lead me, 
Thy patience on me shed. 
Avert all sin and shame 
And crown my hoary head 
With honor free from blame. 

7. Let me depart this life 
Confiding in my Savior; 
Do Thou my soul receive 
That it may live forever; 
And let my body have 
A quiet resting-place 
Within a Christian grave; 
And let it sleep in peace. 

8. And on that solemn Day 
When all the dead are waking, 
Stretch o’er my grave Thy hand, 
Thyself my slumbers breaking. 
Then let me hear Thy voice, 
Change Thou this earthly frame, 
And bid me aye rejoice 
With those who love Thy name. 


Hymn: LSB 690 Hope of the World
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