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1. Mosebog 39:1-23

Josef hos Potifar

1Efter at Josef var bragt til Egypten af ishmaelitterne, blev han som nævnt købt af Potifar, der var chef for egypterkongens livvagt. 2Herren velsignede Josef og hans arbejde i hans egyptiske herres hus. Alting lykkedes for ham. 3Selv Potifar indså, at Josef var under Herrens særlige velsignelse, da alting åbenbart lykkedes for ham. 4Derfor valgte Potifar hurtigt Josef som sin personlige tjener, lod ham bestyre hele sin ejendom og gav ham ansvaret for alle sine forretningsforetagender. 5Straks begyndte Herren for Josefs skyld at velsigne Potifar og alt, hvad han ejede, både hans landbrug og hans husholdning. 6Til sidst overlod Potifar hele ansvaret for sin ejendom til Josef og bekymrede sig ikke om noget som helst—udover den mad, han spiste.

Josef var velbygget og så godt ud, 7og det varede ikke længe, før hans herres kone sendte ham lange blikke. En dag sagde hun: „Kom og gå i seng med mig!” 8Men Josef afviste hendes tilnærmelser. „Min herre har fuld tillid til mig og har givet mig ansvar for alt, hvad han ejer, 9og samme autoritet, som han selv har,” sagde han til hende. „Jeg har adgang til alt, hvad han har—bortset fra dig, for du er hans kone. Hvordan skulle jeg da kunne gøre noget så usselt? Det ville være en stor synd mod Gud!”

10Dag efter dag blev hun ved med at friste ham, men han nægtede at gå i seng med hende og i det hele taget at have noget med hende at gøre. 11Men en dag, da han som sædvanlig kom ind i huset for at arbejde, og der ingen andre tjenestefolk var i nærheden, 12greb hun fat i hans kjortel. „Kom og lig med mig!” beordrede hun. Men Josef rev sig løs og flygtede ud af huset, og hun stod tilbage med hans kjortel i hånden. 13Da hun så, at hun havde hans kjortel, fik hun en idé: 14-15Hun begyndte at skrige! Og tjenestefolkene kom straks løbende for at se, hvad der var på færde. „Har min mand bragt den elendige hebræer hertil for at vanære mig?” hulkede hun. „Han forsøgte at voldtage mig—men da jeg begyndte at skrige, flygtede han. Se, her er hans kjortel!”

16Hun beholdt kjortlen, og da hendes mand om aftenen kom hjem, 17fortalte hun ham samme historie. „Den hebræiske slave, som du har bragt hertil, trængte ind til mig og forsøgte at voldtage mig! 18Men jeg skreg, og han flygtede så hurtigt, at han ikke nåede at få sin kjortel med.”

Josef kommer i fængsel

19Da Potifar hørte, hvad hun fortalte, blev han rasende. 20Han arresterede Josef og kastede ham i det fængsel, hvor kongens fanger sad. 21Men også der var Herren med Josef, så han hurtigt blev ven med fængselsinspektøren. 22Inden længe fik han ansvaret for de andre fanger og for alle aktiviteterne i fængslet. 23Fængselsinspektøren havde ikke længere noget at bekymre sig om, for Josef tog sig af det hele. Herren var med Josef, og alting lykkedes for ham.

New International Reader's Version

Genesis 39:1-23

Joseph and the Wife of Potiphar

1Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. An Egyptian named Potiphar had bought him from the Ishmaelite traders who had taken him there. Potiphar was one of Pharaoh’s officials. He was the captain of the palace guard.

2The Lord was with Joseph. He gave him great success. Joseph lived in Potiphar’s house. 3Joseph’s master saw that the Lord was with him. He saw that the Lord made Joseph successful in everything he did. 4So Potiphar was pleased with Joseph and made him his attendant. He put Joseph in charge of his house. He trusted Joseph to take care of everything he owned. 5From that time on, the Lord blessed Potiphar’s family and servants because of Joseph. He blessed everything Potiphar had in his house and field. 6So Joseph took good care of everything Potiphar owned. With Joseph in charge, Potiphar didn’t have to worry about anything except the food he ate.

Joseph was strong and handsome. 7After a while, his master’s wife noticed Joseph. She said to him, “Come to bed with me!”

8But he refused. “My master has put me in charge,” he told her. “Now he doesn’t have to worry about anything in the house. He trusts me to take care of everything he owns. 9No one in this house is in a higher position than I am. My master hasn’t held anything back from me, except you. You are his wife. So how could I do an evil thing like that? How could I sin against God?” 10She spoke to Joseph day after day. But he told her he wouldn’t go to bed with her. He didn’t even want to be with her.

11One day Joseph went into the house to take care of his duties. None of the family servants was inside. 12Potiphar’s wife grabbed him by his coat. “Come to bed with me!” she said. But he left his coat in her hand. And he ran out of the house.

13She saw that he had left his coat in her hand and had run out of the house. 14So she called her servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew slave has been brought here to make fun of us! He came in here to force me to have sex with him. But I screamed for help. 15He heard my scream. So he left his coat beside me and ran out of the house.”

16She kept Joseph’s coat with her until Potiphar came home. 17Then she told him her story. She said, “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to rape me. 18But I screamed for help. So he left his coat beside me and ran out of the house.”

19Potiphar’s wife told him, “That’s how your slave treated me.” When Joseph’s master heard her story, he became very angry. 20So he put Joseph in prison. It was the place where the king’s prisoners were kept.

While Joseph was there in the prison, 21the Lord was with him. He was kind to him. So the man running the prison was pleased with Joseph. 22He put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners. He made him responsible for everything done there. 23The man who ran the prison didn’t pay attention to anything in Joseph’s care. That’s because the Lord was with Joseph. He gave Joseph success in everything he did.