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.
Yosefe ndi Mkazi wa Potifara
1Tsopano Yosefe anatengedwa kupita ku Igupto. Potifara Mwigupto amene anali mmodzi wa akuluakulu a Farao ndiponso mkulu wa asilikali olonda ku nyumba kwa Farao, anagula Yosefe kwa Aismaeli amene anapita naye kumeneko.
2Koma Yehova anali ndi Yosefe ndipo zake zonse zimayenda bwino. Iye ankakhala mʼnyumba ya mbuye wake wa ku Igupto. 3Mbuye wake anaona kuti Yehova anali naye Yosefe ndi kuti pa chilichonse chimene anachita Yehova ankaonetsetsa kuti achite bwino. 4Potifara anakondwera ndi Yosefe chifukwa cha matumikiridwe ake. Choncho anamusandutsa woyangʼanira nyumba yake ndi zonse za mʼnyumba yake. 5Kuchokera pa nthawi imene anamuyika kukhala woyangʼanira wa nyumbayo ndi zonse za mʼnyumbamo, Yehova anadalitsa nyumba ya Mwiguptoyo chifukwa cha Yosefe. Madalitso a Yehova anali pa chilichonse chimene Potifara anali nacho, za mʼnyumba komanso za ku munda. 6Choncho anasiyira mʼmanja mwa Yosefe chilichonse chomwe anali nacho, kotero kuti samadandaula ndi chilichonse kupatula chakudya chimene ankadya.
Tsopano Yosefe anali wa thupi labwino ndi wokongola. 7Patapita kanthawi, mkazi wa mbuye wake anayamba kusirira Yosefe nati, “Bwanji ugone nane!”
8Koma iye anakana namuwuza kuti, “Inu mukuona kuti mbuye wanga sadandaula ndi kena kalikonse mʼnyumba muno, ndipo chawo chilichonse anachiyika mʼmanja mwanga. 9Motero kuti palibe wina wamkulu kuposa ine mʼnyumba muno. Ndipo palibe chilichonse chimene mbuye wanga sanachipereke kwa ine kupatula inuyo, chifukwa ndinu mkazi wake. Tsono ndingachite bwanji choyipa choterechi ndi kuchimwira Mulungu?” 10Ndipo ngakhale kuti iye anayankhula mawu omwewa ndi Yosefe tsiku ndi tsiku, Yosefe sanalole kugona naye ngakhale kukhala naye pafupi.
11Tsiku lina Yosefe analowa mʼnyumbamo kukagwira ntchito zake, ndipo munalibe wina aliyense wantchito mʼnyumbamo. 12Mkazi uja anamugwira mkanjo Yosefe nati, “Tiye ugone nane!” Koma Yosefe anasiya mkanjo wake mʼmanja mwa mkaziyo nathawira kunja kwa nyumba.
13Pamene mkazi uja anaona kuti Yosefe wamusiyira mkanjo wake mʼmanja mwake nathawira kunja kwa nyumba, 14iye anayitana antchito ake a mʼnyumba nati, “Taonani mwamuna wanga anabwera ndi Mhebri uyu mʼnyumba muno kuti adzagone nane. Iyeyu analowa ku chipinda kwanga kuti adzagone nane ndipo ine ndinakuwa kwambiri. 15Atandimva ndikukuwa, anandisiyira mkanjo wakewu nʼkuthawira kunja.”
16Tsono mkazi wa Potifara uja anasunga mkanjowo mpaka mbuye wake wa Yosefe atabwera ku nyumba. 17Tsono anamuwuza nkhaniyi nati: “Wantchito Wachihebri amene munatibweretsera uja anabwera kuti adzagone nane. 18Koma pamene ndinakuwa, iye anandisiyira mkanjo wake nathawira kunja.”
19Mbuye wake wa Yosefe atamva nkhani imene mkazi wake anamuwuza kuti, “Ndi zimene anandichitira wantchito wanu,” anapsa mtima kwambiri. 20Tsono iye anatenga Yosefe namuyika mʼndende mmene ankasungiramo amʼndende a mfumu.
Ndipo Yosefe anakhala mʼndendemo 21koma Yehova anali naye, ndipo anamuonetsa kukoma mtima kwake, kotero kuti woyangʼanira ndende anakondwera ndi Yosefe. 22Choncho woyangʼanira ndende uja anamuyika Yosefe kukhala woyangʼanira onse amene anayikidwa mʼndende. Ndiponso anamupatsa udindo woyangʼanira zonse zochitika mʼndendemo. 23Woyangʼanira ndende uja sankayangʼaniranso china chilichonse chimene chinali mu ulamuliro wa Yosefe, chifukwa Yehova anali ndi Yosefe. Ndipo Yehova anaonetsetsa kuti chilichonse chimene Yosefe ankachita chimuyendere bwino.