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Gênesis 39

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.

O Senhor estava com José, na casa do seu senhor, de tal forma que tudo o que fazia resultava bem. O próprio Potifar reparou nisso e deu-se conta de que o Senhor estava com José de uma forma especial. José tornou-se o seu favorito e depressa ficou com a responsabilidade da administração da casa de Potifar e dos seus negócios pessoais. Logo 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; de 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.

José 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. Ele recusou: “O meu patrão confia-me tudo o que tem. Ele 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!” 10 Ela continuava a convidá-lo todos os dias, apesar de ele sempre recusar.

11 Um dia, estava José em casa cumprindo os serviços habituais e ninguém mais se encontrava ali. 12 Então 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. 13 Quando viu que lhe tinha ficado com a camisa, 14 começou 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, 15 fugiu; mas deixou aqui a camisa.”

16 E pôs a roupa perto dela. Quando o marido chegou 17 contou-lhe a sua história: “Esse escravo hebreu que trouxeste cá para casa veio ter comigo e tentou violentar-me. 18 Salvei-me porque comecei a gritar com toda a força. Ele fugiu, mas deixou aqui a camisa.”

19 Ao ouvir aquilo o marido ficou furioso. 20 Pôs José na prisão, onde se encontravam outros presos do rei. 21 Contudo, 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. 22 Por isso, este último depressa lhe confiou toda a responsabilidade da administração da prisão, e até todos os outros prisioneiros estavam ao seu cuidado. 23 O carcereiro não se ocupava de mais nada, porque José tomava conta de tudo, e como o Senhor estava com ele tudo lhe corria bem.

New Living Translation

Genesis 39

Joseph in Potiphar’s House

1When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.

The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned. From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the Lord began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing—except what kind of food to eat!

Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man, and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded.

But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”

10 She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. 11 One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work. 12 She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house.

13 When she saw that she was holding his cloak and he had fled, 14 she called out to her servants. Soon all the men came running. “Look!” she said. “My husband has brought this Hebrew slave here to make fools of us! He came into my room to rape me, but I screamed. 15 When he heard me scream, he ran outside and got away, but he left his cloak behind with me.”

16 She kept the cloak with her until her husband came home. 17 Then she told him her story. “That Hebrew slave you’ve brought into our house tried to come in and fool around with me,” she said. 18 “But when I screamed, he ran outside, leaving his cloak with me!”

Joseph Put in Prison

19 Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story about how Joseph had treated her. 20 So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. 22 Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. 23 The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.