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Genesis 39

Joseph advanceth in Potiphar's house.

Genesis 39:1 Ioseph was brought vnto Egypt, and Putiphar, a Lorde of Pharaos, and his chiefe stewarde, an Egyptian, bought hym of the Ismaelites, whiche had brought hym thyther. Genesis 39:2 And God was with Ioseph, and he became a luckie man, continuyng in the house of his maister the Egyptian. Genesis 39:3 And his maister saw that God was with hym, and that God made all that he dyd to prosper in his hande. Genesis 39:4 And Ioseph founde grace in his maisters syght, and serued hym: And he made hym ouerseer of his house, & put all that he had in his hande. Genesis 39:5 And it came to passe from the tyme that he had made hym ouerseer of his house, and ouer all that he had, the Lorde blessed the Egyptians house for Iosephes sake: and the blessyng of the Lorde was vpon all that he had in the house and in the fielde. Genesis 39:6 And therfore he left all that he had in Iosephes hande: and he knewe nothyng with hym, saue onlye the breade which he dyd eate. And Ioseph was a goodly person, and a well fauoured.

He resisteth his mistress' temptation.

Genesis 39:7 And after this, his maisters wyfe cast her eyes vpon Ioseph, and saide: [come] lye with me. Genesis 39:8 But he refused, and sayde vnto his maisters wyfe: Beholde, my maister woteth not what he hath in the house with me, and hath committed all that he hath to my hande. Genesis 39:9 There is no man greater in the house then I, neither hath he kept any thyng from me but only thee, because thou art his wyfe: how then can I do euen this so great a wickednes, & sinne against God? Genesis 39:10 And after this maner spake she to Ioseph day by day: but he hearkened not vnto her to sleepe neare her, or to be in her company. Genesis 39:11 And on a certaine conuenient day, Ioseph entred into the house to do his businesse, and there was none of the housholde by, in the house. Genesis 39:12 Then she caught him by the garment, saying: lye with me. And he left his garment in her hande, and fledde, and got hym out.

He is falsely accused.

Genesis 39:13 And when she sawe that he had lefte his garment in her hande, and was fled out: Genesis 39:14 She called vnto the men of her house, and tolde them, saying: See, he hath brought in an Hebrue vnto vs, to do vs shame: for he came in to me to haue lyen with me, and I began to crie with a loude voyce: Genesis 39:15 And when he hearde that I lyft vp my voyce and cryed, he left his garment with me, & fled away, and got hym out. Genesis 39:16 And she layed vp his garment by her, vntyll her Lorde came home. Genesis 39:17 And she tolde him with these wordes, saying: This Hebrue seruaunt whiche thou hast brought vnto vs, came vnto me to do me shame. Genesis 39:18 But assoone as I lyft vp my voyce and cryed, he left his garment with me, and fledde out. Genesis 39:19 When his maister hearde the wordes of his wyfe whiche she tolde hym, saying, after this maner dyd thy seruaunt to me: he waxed wroth.

He is cast in prison.

Genesis 39:20 And Iosephes maister toke hym, and put hym in pryson, euen into the place where the kynges prysoners laye bounde: and there continued he in prison.

God is with him there.

Genesis 39:21 But the Lord was with Ioseph, and shewed hym mercie, and got hym fauour in the sight of the lord of the prison. Genesis 39:22 And the keper of the prison committed to Iosephes hande all the prisoners that were in the prison house, and what so euer was done there, that dyd he. Genesis 39:23 And the keper of the prison loked vnto nothyng that was vnder his hande, seyng that the Lord was with hym: For whatsoeuer he dyd, the Lorde made it to prosper.

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