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Genesis 39:1-23

Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

1Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.

2The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 4Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 5From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. 6So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”

8But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.

11One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.

13When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, 14she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. 15When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”

16She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home. 17Then she told him this story: “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me. 18But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”

19When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger. 20Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.

But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 39:1-23

Yosef Ne Potifar Yere Ho Asɛm

1Wɔde Yosef kɔɔ Misraim. Misraimni Potifar a na ɔyɛ Misraimhene Farao dabehene a na otua asraafodɔm ano no na ɔtɔɔ Yosef fii Ismaelfo aguadifo no nsam.

2Na Awurade ka Yosef ho nti, nʼabrabɔ sii no yiye. Ɔtenaa ne wura Misraimni no fi. 3Yosef wura no huu sɛ Awurade ka ne ho, na nea na ɔyɛ biara no, Awurade hyiraa so maa no, na 4Yosef nyaa nʼanim adom ma ɔde no yɛɛ ne boafo. Ankyɛ koraa na Potifar de Yosef sii ne fifo so panyin, de nea ɔwɔ nyinaa hyɛɛ ne nsa. 5Bere a Potifar de Yosef sii ne fifo so panyin, de nea ɔwɔ nyinaa hyɛɛ ne nsa no, Awurade hyiraa Misraimni Potifar fie so, esiane Yosef nti. Awurade hyiraa nʼagyapade a ɛwɔ fi ne ne mfuw nyinaa so. 6Enti ɔde nʼagyapade nyinaa hyɛɛ Yosef nsa. Esiane sɛ Potifar de nʼagyapade ne nʼadwumade nyinaa hyɛɛ Yosef nsa nti, wannwene biribiara ho sɛ aduan a obedi nko ara.

Na Yosef yɛ aberante a ɔwɔ nnyinaso, na ne ho nso yɛ fɛ yiye. 7Ankyɛ ahe biara na Yosef wura Potifar yere tuu nʼani sii ne so, ka kyerɛɛ Yosef se, “Bra, na wo ne me mmɛda!”

8Nanso Yosef ampene so, ka kyerɛɛ ne wura yere no se, “Esiane sɛ fie ha biribiara hyɛ me nsa nti, me wura nnwen fie ha biribiara ho. Ɔde nʼagyapade nyinaa ahyɛ me nsa. 9Obiara nni tumi nsen me wɔ fie ha. Me wura mfa biribiara nkame me wɔ fie ha sɛ wo nko ara, efisɛ woyɛ ne yere. Onyame mpa ngu sɛ mɛyɛ ade a ɛte saa. Ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na matumi ayɛ amumɔyɛde a ɛte sɛɛ! Ɛbɛyɛ bɔne kɛse atia Onyankopɔn.” 10Ɛwɔ mu sɛ da biara na Potifar yere no de saa asɛm yi hiahia Yosef ho de, nanso Yosef antwiw ammɛn no mpo, na akowie sɛ ɔne no bɛda.

11Da koro bi, Yosef kɔɔ fie hɔ sɛ ɔrekɔyɛ nʼadwuma. Oduu hɔ no, na asomfo no mu biara nni hɔ. 12Potifar yere no soo Yosef atade mu kyeree no, ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Bra na wo ne me mmɛda!” Nanso Yosef yii nʼatade no guu ne so, guan fii fie hɔ.

13Potifar yere no huu sɛ Yosef agyaw nʼatade wɔ ne nsam aguan afi fie hɔ no, 14ɔfrɛɛ ne fifo, de nteɛteɛmu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Monhwɛ! Me kunu akɔfa Hebrini bi aba fie ha sɛ ommegu yɛn anim ase. Ɔbaa ha sɛ ɔrebɛto me mmonnaa na meteɛteɛɛ mu. 15Ɔtee sɛ mereteɛteɛ mu no, oyii nʼatade guu me so, guan fii fie ha.”

16Potifar yere no de Yosef atade a oyi guu ne so no siei, kosii sɛ ne kunu bae. 17Ɔbea no bɔɔ ne kunu amanneɛ se, “Hebrini akoa no a wokɔtɔɔ no brɛɛ yɛn no baa me nkyɛn sɛ anka ɔrebɛto me mmonnaa. 18Meteɛteɛ mu no na oguan fii fie ha, gyaw nʼatade.”

19Bere a Yosef wura Potifar tee asɛm a ne yere ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Ɔkwan a wʼakoa no de me faa so ni” no, ne bo fuw yiye. 20Yosef wura Potifar tee asɛm no no, ɔkyeree Yosef kɔtoo afiase, faako a ɔhene nneduafo gu no.

Bere a Yosef da afiase hɔ no, 21na Awurade ka ne ho. Awurade yɛɛ no adɔe ma ɛno nti, afiase sohwɛfo panyin no pɛɛ nʼasɛm yiye. 22Ɛyɛɛ saa maa afiase sohwɛfo panyin no de Yosef sii nneduafo no nyinaa so panyin, a na biribiara a wɔyɛ wɔ afiase hɔ no hyɛ ne nsa. 23Esiane sɛ na Awurade ka Yosef ho no nti, na afiase sohwɛfo panyin no nhaw ne ho nyɛ adwuma. Efisɛ biribiara a Yosef bɛyɛ no, Awurade hyira so ma esi yiye.