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Genesis 39:1-3 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

39 Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt.[a] An Egyptian named Potiphar, an official of Pharaoh and the captain of the guard,[b] purchased him from[c] the Ishmaelites who had brought him there. The Lord was with Joseph. He was successful[d] and lived[e] in the household of his Egyptian master. His master observed that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made everything he was doing successful.[f]


  1. Genesis 39:1 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. Genesis 39:1 sn Captain of the guard. See the note on this phrase in Gen 37:36.
  3. Genesis 39:1 tn Heb “from the hand of.”
  4. Genesis 39:2 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. Genesis 39:2 tn Heb “and he was.”
  6. Genesis 39:3 tn The Hebrew text adds “in his hand,” a phrase not included in the translation for stylistic reasons.
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