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Genesis 39:1-2

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Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

39:1 Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt. 1  An Egyptian named Potiphar, an official of Pharaoh and the captain of the guard, 2  purchased him from 3  the Ishmaelites who had brought him there. 39:2 The Lord was with Joseph. He was successful 4  and lived 5  in the household of his Egyptian master.

1 tn The disjunctive clause resumes the earlier narrative pertaining to Joseph by recapitulating the event described in 37:36. The perfect verbal form is given a past perfect translation to restore the sequence of the narrative for the reader.

2 sn Captain of the guard. See the note on this phrase in Gen 37:36.

3 tn Heb “from the hand of.”

4 tn Heb “and he was a prosperous man.” This does not mean that Joseph became wealthy, but that he was successful in what he was doing, or making progress in his situation (see 24:21).

5 tn Heb “and he was.”



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