José e a mulher de Potifar
1Quando José chegou ao Egito, cativo dos negociantes ismaelitas, foi comprado por Potifar membro da corte do Faraó. Potifar era chefe da casa militar do rei e responsável pelo palácio real.
2O Senhor estava com José, na casa do seu senhor, de tal forma que tudo o que fazia resultava bem. 3O próprio Potifar reparou nisso e deu-se conta de que o Senhor estava com José de uma forma especial. 4José tornou-se o seu favorito e depressa ficou com a responsabilidade da administração da casa de Potifar e dos seus negócios pessoais. 5Logo o Senhor começou a abençoar o próprio Potifar por causa de José. Todos os seus assuntos corriam bem e floresciam as propriedades no campo, assim como os rebanhos que tinha; 6de tal maneira que Potifar acabou por deixar sobre José a responsabilidade de tudo o que era seu. Não se preocupava fosse com o que fosse a não ser com o que queria comer cada dia.
7José era um belo moço com uma apresentação muito agradável. Por esse tempo a mulher de Potifar começou a reparar nele e acabou por convidá-lo a dormir consigo. 8Ele recusou: “O meu patrão confia-me tudo o que tem. 9Ele próprio não tem mais autoridade do que eu aqui em casa! Não me privou de coisa nenhuma a não ser de ti, porque és a sua mulher. Como é que eu ia fazer uma coisa assim tão grave? Seria um grande pecado contra Deus!” 10Ela continuava a convidá-lo todos os dias, apesar de ele sempre recusar.
11Um dia, estava José em casa cumprindo os serviços habituais e ninguém mais se encontrava ali. 12Então ela veio e puxou-o pela camisa, incitando-o a ir com ela. Mas ele preferiu deixar-lhe a camisa nas mãos e afastar-se rapidamente para fora de casa. 13Quando viu que lhe tinha ficado com a camisa, 14começou a gritar, de tal forma que as pessoas dali perto, à volta da casa, acorreram. “O meu marido trouxe para casa este escravo hebreu para nos ofender!”, exclamava. “Tentou violentar-me e, quando comecei a gritar, 15fugiu; mas deixou aqui a camisa.”
16E pôs a roupa perto dela. Quando o marido chegou 17contou-lhe a sua história: “Esse escravo hebreu que trouxeste cá para casa veio ter comigo e tentou violentar-me. 18Salvei-me porque comecei a gritar com toda a força. Ele fugiu, mas deixou aqui a camisa.”
19Ao ouvir aquilo o marido ficou furioso. 20Pôs José na prisão, onde se encontravam outros presos do rei. 21Contudo, também ali o Senhor continuava ao lado de José, beneficiando-o com a sua bondade; e fez com que caísse na simpatia do chefe carcereiro. 22Por isso, este último depressa lhe confiou toda a responsabilidade da administração da prisão, e até todos os outros prisioneiros estavam ao seu cuidado. 23O carcereiro não se ocupava de mais nada, porque José tomava conta de tudo, e como o Senhor estava com ele tudo lhe corria bem.
1And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. 2And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. 4And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. 5And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. 6And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.
7¶ And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. 8But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; 9There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? 10And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. 11And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within. 12And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
13And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, 14That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:39.14 loud: Heb. great 15And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out. 16And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home. 17And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me: 18And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
19And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. 20And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
21¶ But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.39.21 shewed…: Heb. extended kindness unto him 22And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. 23The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.