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Bible Commentaries

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Genesis 39

Verses 1-23

Here begins the story of Joseph in Egypt which is so full of interest. Through the malice of his brethren he had been sold into slavery and in such condition we now see him. Here, at the very beginning of the story of his life and work in Egypt, we learn the secret of all his wonderful success, "Jehovah was with him." and also that, "His master saw that Jehovah was with him."

In those two statements is revealed a man in circumstances which always have been calculated to degrade. He was a slave. Nevertheless, in these very circumstances he so lived as to demonstrate to his master that he was a man having communion with God. Potiphar's conviction resulted in Joseph's promotion.

While it is true that godly men must suffer persecution sooner or later, it is equally true that the life of simple godliness commands the respect and trust even of ungodly men.

Then follows the story of his temptation, a temptation subtle and fierce, presenting itself as it did in the person of one who was supposed to be infinitely Joseph's superior in social position. His quiet and heroic victory bears testimony to the strength of the man who lives with God habitually, even under circumstances of temptation, which are at once subtle and sudden and strong.

Once more his circumstances were changed, and he was a prisoner; and again it is declared, "Jehovah was with him"; and the fact was manifest with practically the same result of promotion to a position of trust. The chapter reveals the fidelity of God to a man who was loyal to Him. Whether in slavery or in prison, in prosperity or adversity, Jehovah was still with Joseph and he was triumphant.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Genesis 39". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gcm/genesis-39.html. 1857-84.