Life Is Not Fair

Posted on 29 May 2022, Pastor: Dr. Paul Sapp

Genesis 39
New American Standard Bible
Joseph’s Success in Egypt
39 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him [a]from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there. 2 And the Lord was with Joseph, so he became a [b]successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. 3 Now his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did prosper in his hand. 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight and [c]became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and [d]put him in charge of all that he owned. 5 It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph; so the Lord’s blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field. 6 So he left [e]Joseph in charge of everything that he owned; and with him there he did not [f]concern himself with anything except the [g]food which he [h]ate.

Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. 7 And it came about after these events that his master’s wife [i]had her eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Sleep with me.” 8 But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, with me here, my master [j]does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has [k]put me in charge of all that he owns. 9 [l]There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil, and sin against God?” 10 Though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her. 11 Now it happened [m]one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the people of the household was there inside. 12 So she grabbed him by his garment, saying, “Sleep with me!” But he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside. 13 [n]When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled outside, 14 she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought in a [o]Hebrew to us to make fun of us; he came in to me to sleep with me, and I [p]screamed. 15 When he heard that I raised my voice and [q]screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled and went outside.” 16 So she [r]left his garment beside her until his master came home. 17 Then she spoke to him [s]with these [t]words: “The Hebrew slave, whom you brought to us, came in to me to make fun of me; 18 but when I raised my voice and [u]screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled outside.”

Joseph Imprisoned
19 Now when his master heard the words of his wife which she spoke to him, saying, “[v]This is what your slave did to me,” his anger burned. 20 So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; and he was there in the prison. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the warden of the prison. 22 And the warden of the prison [w]put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison; so that whatever was done there, he was [x]responsible for it. 23 The warden of the prison did not supervise anything [y]under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and, the Lord made whatever he did prosper.

Footnotes
Genesis 39:1 Lit from the hand of
Genesis 39:2 Or prosperous
Genesis 39:4 Or ministered to him
Genesis 39:4 Lit handed over to him
Genesis 39:6 Lit in Joseph’s hand
Genesis 39:6 Lit know
Genesis 39:6 Lit bread
Genesis 39:6 Or used to eat
Genesis 39:7 Lit lifted up her eyes at
Genesis 39:8 Lit does not know what is in the house
Genesis 39:8 Lit handed over to me
Genesis 39:9 Or He is not greater
Genesis 39:11 Lit about this day
Genesis 39:13 Lit And it came about when
Genesis 39:14 Lit Hebrew man
Genesis 39:14 Lit called with a great voice
Genesis 39:15 Lit called out
Genesis 39:16 Lit let…lie beside
Genesis 39:17 Lit according to
Genesis 39:17 Lit words, saying
Genesis 39:18 Lit called out
Genesis 39:19 Lit According to these things your slave
Genesis 39:22 Lit handed over to Joseph all
Genesis 39:22 Lit the doer
Genesis 39:23 Lit in his hand

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