Old Testament

The Pentateuch

How long was Joseph at Potiphar’s house?

The Bible does not say how long Joseph was there. At some point, however, Potiphar’s wife tried several times to seduce Joseph. He refused her advances, saying, “Look, with me here, my master doesn’t give a second thought to anything that goes on here—he’s put me in charge of everything he owns. He treats me as an equal. The only thing he hasn’t turned over to me is you. You’re his wife, after all! How could I violate his trust and sin against God?” (The Message, Genesis 39:8–9) Joseph’s response to Potiphar’s wife demonstrated how he had matured since he left his father’s house. He showed concern for Potiphar’s integrity, and respect for God. Joseph’s refusal made Potiphar’s wife angry, so she framed him for rape. Potiphar believed his wife, and had Joseph put in prison.


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