This is the story of Joseph’s time in Egypt. After being sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph is bought by an officer of Pharaoh named Potiphar. Joseph quickly earns the trust of Potiphar and is put in charge of his household.
However, Joseph’s situation takes a turn for the worse when Potiphar’s wife tries to seduce him. Joseph refuses her advances and she accuses him of attempting to assault her. As a result, Joseph is thrown into prison.
Despite being unjustly imprisoned, Joseph remains faithful to God and is able to interpret the dreams of two fellow prisoners. One of the prisoners, the Pharaoh’s cupbearer, is released from prison and promised to remember Joseph and speak to Pharaoh on his behalf, but he forgets about him.
The chapter ends with Joseph still in prison but with the favor of God upon him, as he is able to gain the trust of the prison warden and is put in charge of the other prisoners.
In summary, Genesis 39 depicts the trials and tribulations faced by Joseph in Egypt, including his unjust imprisonment after refusing to betray his morals. Nonetheless, Joseph’s faithfulness to God is evident throughout the chapter and he continues to thrive despite his circumstances.
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Joseph Before Parroh. E.M. Synge, 1909. This image is in the public domain. Cropped from original.
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