Understanding the Scriptures
|Pharaoh (v. 1)||King of Egypt|
|Of the hands of (v. 1)||From|
|Prosperous, prosper (vv. 2–3, 23)||Successful and blessed|
|Hand (vv. 3–4, 6, 8, 22)||Control|
|Found grace (v. 4)||Was favored and treated kindly|
|Overseer (vv. 4–5)||Leader, someone put in charge|
|Save (v. 6)||Except|
|Goodly (v. 6)||Strong|
|Well favoured (v. 6)||Handsome|
|Lie (vv. 7, 10, 12, 14)||Have sexual relations|
|Committed (vv. 8, 22)||Given|
|Garment (vv. 12–13, 15–16)||Outer clothing|
|Mock (vv. 14, 17)||Insult|
|His lord (v. 16)||Potiphar|
|His wrath was kindled (v. 19)||He became angry|
|Looked not to (v. 23)||Did not worry about|
Genesis 39:7–20—Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife
President Ezra Taft Benson explained Joseph’s actions this way:
“When Joseph was in Egypt, what came first in his life—God, his job, or Potiphar’s wife? When she tried to seduce him, he responded by saying, ‘How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?’ (Genesis 39:9).
“Joseph was put in prison because he put God first. If we were faced with a similar choice, where would we place our first loyalty? Can we put God ahead of security, peace, passions, wealth, and the honors of men?
“When Joseph was forced to choose, he was more anxious to please God than to please his employer’s wife. When we are required to choose, are we more anxious to please God than our boss, our teacher, our neighbor, or our date?” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1988, 4; or Ensign, May 1988, 4–5).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Genesis 38–39.
Find a Repeated Idea
Read Genesis 39:2–3, 21, 23 and find a phrase that is similar in all four verses. (You may want to underline the phrase in your scriptures.) Why do you think it was important for Joseph to know this to be true?
Scripture Mastery—Genesis 39:9
What reasons did Joseph give for resisting Potiphar’s wife’s invitation to be immoral?
What impresses you most about Joseph’s statement and actions? How could you use the same ideas to resist temptation in your own life?
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