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.
ዮሴፍና የጲጥፋራ ሚስት
1በዚህ ጊዜ ዮሴፍ ወደ ግብፅ ተወስዶ ነበር፤ ከፈርዖን ሹማምንት አንዱ የሆነውም የዘበኞች አለቃ፣ ግብፃዊው ጲጥፋራ ወደዚያ ከወሰዱት ከእስማኤላው ያን ነጋዴዎች እጅ ገዛው።
2እግዚአብሔር (ያህዌ) ከዮሴፍ ጋር ነበረ፤ ኑሮው ተቃናለት፤ እርሱም በግብፃዊው አሳዳሪው ቤት ኖረ። 3አሳዳሪውም እግዚአብሔር (ያህዌ) ከእርሱ ጋር እንዳለና ሥራውንም ሁሉ እንዳከናወለት ባየ ጊዜ፣ 4ዮሴፍ በእርሱ ዘንድ ሞገስ አገኘ፤ የቅርብ አገልጋዩም ሆነ። ጲጥፋራ በቤቱ ላይ ሾመው፤ ያለውንም ሀብት ሁሉ በኀላፊነት ሰጠው። 5ዮሴፍ በጲጥፋራ ቤትና ባለው ሀብት ሁሉ ላይ ከተሾመበት ጊዜ ጀምሮ እግዚአብሔር (ያህዌ) የግብፃዊውን ቤት ባረከ፣ የእግዚአብሔርም (ያህዌ) በረከት በግቢም በውጭም ባለው የጲጥፋራ ሀብት ንብረት ሁሉ ላይ ሆነ። 6ስለዚህ ጲጥፋራ ባለው ሁሉ ላይ ሥልጣን ሰጠው፤ የቀረበለትንም ከመመገብ በስተቀር፣ ማናቸውንም ጒዳይ በዮሴፍ ላይ ጥሎ ነበር።
ዮሴፍ ጥሩ ቊመና ያለውና መልከ መልካም ነበር፤ 7እያደርም የጌታው ሚስት ዐይኗን ጣለችበት፤ አፍ አውጥታም፣ “አብረኸኝ ተኛ” አለችው።
8እርሱ ግን ፈቃደኛ አልሆነም፤ እንዲህም አላት፤ “ጌታዬ ያለውን ሁሉ በኀላፊነት ስለ ሰጠኝ፣ በቤቱ ውስጥ ስላለው ሁሉ ምንም የሚያውቀው ነገር የለም። 9በዚህ ቤት ላይ ከእኔ የበለጠ ኀላፊነት ያለው ማንም የለም፤ እርሱ ያልሰጠኝ ነገር ቢኖር፣ አንቺን ብቻ ነው፤ ያውም ሚስቱ ስለሆንሽ ነው፤ ታዲያ፣ እኔ ይህን ክፉ ድርጊት ፈጽሜ እንዴት በእግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) ፊት ኀጢአት እሠራለሁ?” 10ምንም እንኳ ዮሴፍን በየቀኑ ብትጐተጒተውም፣ አልሰማትም፤ ከእርሷ ጋር መተኛቱ ይቅርና አብሯትም መሆን አልፈቀደም።
11አንድ ቀን ዮሴፍ የዕለት ተግባሩን ለማከናወን ወደ ቤት ገባ፤ ከቤቱ አገልጋዮችም አንድም ሰው በቤት ውስጥ አልነበረም። 12እርሷም ልብሱን ጨምድዳ ይዛ “በል አብረኸኝ ተኛ” አለችው። እርሱ ግን ልብሱን እጇ ላይ ጥሎ ሸሽቶ ከቤት ወጣ።
13እርሷም ልብሱን እጇ ላይ ጥሎ ሸሽቶ መውጣቱን ባየች ጊዜ፣ 14የቤት አገልጋዮቿን ጠራች፤ እንዲህም አለቻቸው፤ “አያችሁ፤ ለካስ ይህ ዕብራዊ የመጣው መሣለቂያ ሊያደርገን ኖሮአል! እዚህ ድረስ ሰተት ብሎ ገብቶ ካልተኛሁሽ አለኝ፤ እኔም ጩኸቴን ለቀቅሁት፤ 15ለእርዳታ መጮኼን ሲሰማም፣ ልብሱን ከአጠገቤ ጥሎ ሸሽቶ ከቤት ወጣ።”
16ጌታውም ወደ ቤት እስኪመለስ ድረስ፣ ልብሱን አጠገቧ አቆየችው። 17ታሪኩንም እንዲህ ስትል ነገረችው፤ “አንተ ያመጣኸው ዕብራዊ ባሪያ መሣቂያ ሊያደርገን ወዳለሁበት ሰተት ብሎ ገባ፤ 18ታዲያ እኔ ድረሱልኝ ብዬ ስጮኽ ልብሱን አጠገቤ ጥሎ ሸሽቶ ወጣ።”
19ጌታውም “ባሪያህ እንዲህ አደረገኝ” ብላ ሚስቱ የነገረችውን ታሪክ ሲሰማ፣ ተቈጣ። 20ጌታውም ዮሴፍን ወስዶ፣ የንጉሥ እስረኞች ወደ ተጋዙበት እስር ቤት አስገባው።
21ይሁን እንጂ ዮሴፍ እዚያ እስር ቤት ባለበት ጊዜ ሁሉ፣ እግዚአብሔር (ያህዌ) ከእርሱ ጋር ነበረ፤ ቸርነቱንም አበዛለት፣ በወህኒ አዛዡም ዘንድ ሞገስን ሰጠው። 22ስለዚህ የወህኒው አዛዥ ዮሴፍን የእስረኞች ሁሉ አለቃ አደረገው፤ በእስር ቤቱ ላለውም ነገር ሁሉ ኀላፊ ሆነ። 23እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) ከዮሴፍ ጋር ሆኖ ሥራውን ሁሉ ያሳካለት ስለ ነበር፣ የወህኒ ቤት አዛዡ በዮሴፍ ኀላፊነት ሥር ስላለው ስለማንኛውም ጒዳይ ሐሳብ አይገባውም ነበር።