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Bible Commentaries
Genesis 39

Dummelow's Commentary on the BibleDummelow on the Bible

Verses 1-23

Joseph in the House of Potiphar

5. Overseer] rather, ’house-steward.’

6. Potiphar left everything under Joseph’s control except his own food. There may be here an allusion to the strict caste laws of Egypt: cp. Genesis 43:32; Genesis 46:34.

7. Joseph was yet but a youth, when temptations are strongest, and he was far removed from all the restraining influences of home. But He who was ’the fear of Isaac’ (Genesis 31:42) was ’the fear of Joseph ’also, and his resolute resistance to temptation teaches that the prospect of earthly advantage or pleasure should never for a moment close our ears to the voice of conscience.

A papyrus has been found called ’The Tale of Two Brothers,’ which gives in Egyptian form some incidents similar to this narrative.

8. Wotteth] RV ’knoweth.’

9. And sin against God] Other passages (e.g. Genesis 40:8; Genesis 41:16, Genesis 41:51-52; Genesis 42:18; Genesis 50:19-20) show that Joseph ’made the consciousness of God’s presence and intervention in his affairs, a vital principle of his actions, the law of his life’: cp. Nehemiah 5:15.

20. It is probable from the lightness of Joseph’s punishment that Potiphar was not altogether convinced of his steward’s guilt.

Bibliographical Information
Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Genesis 39". "Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dcb/genesis-39.html. 1909.
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