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.
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.