Genesis 39:10
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New International Version
And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.

New Living Translation
She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible.

English Standard Version
And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her.

New American Standard Bible
As she spoke to Joseph day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her.

King James Bible
And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Although she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her.

International Standard Version
She kept on talking to him like this day after day, but he wouldn't listen to her. Not only would he refuse to have sex with her, he refused even to stay around her.

NET Bible
Even though she continued to speak to Joseph day after day, he did not respond to her invitation to have sex with her.

New Heart English Bible
As she spoke to Joseph day by day, he did not listen to her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Although she kept asking Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or be with her.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

New American Standard 1977
And it came about as she spoke to Joseph day after day, that he did not listen to her to lie beside her, or be with her.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not hearken unto her, to lie by her or to be with her.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

American King James Version
And it came to pass, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he listened not to her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
With such words as these day by day, both the woman was importunate with the young man, and he refused the adultery.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass as she spoke to Joseph day by day and he hearkened not to her, to lie with her [and] to be with her,

English Revised Version
And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not to her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

World English Bible
As she spoke to Joseph day by day, he didn't listen to her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass at her speaking unto Joseph day by day, that he hath not hearkened unto her, to lie near her, to be with her;
Study Bible
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
9"There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?" 10As she spoke to Joseph day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her. 11Now it happened one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the household was there inside.…
Cross References
Genesis 39:9
"There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?"

Genesis 39:11
Now it happened one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the household was there inside.
Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he listened not to her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

as she spake.

Genesis 39:8 But he refused, and said to his master's wife, Behold, my master …

Proverbs 2:16 To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the stranger which …

Proverbs 5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth …

Proverbs 6:25,26 Lust not after her beauty in your heart; neither let her take you …

Proverbs 7:5,13 That they may keep you from the strange woman, from the stranger …

Proverbs 9:14,16 For she sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places …

Proverbs 22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of …

Proverbs 23:27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.

or to be.

Proverbs 1:15 My son, walk not you in the way with them; refrain your foot from their path:

Proverbs 5:8 Remove your way far from her, and come not near the door of her house:

1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; …

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1 Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house…

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, …

1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain …

Verse 10. - And it came to pass, as she spake - or, though she spake (Kalisch) - to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her (a euphemistic expression), or (which is not in the original, and may be omitted) to be with her. And it came to pass, that as she spake to Joseph day by day,.... Continually, incessantly, hoping in time to prevail upon him to comply with her desires; so that the temptation, as it was strong, and very ensnaring, it was urgent, and frequent, and pressed with great importunity; which required the more grace and spiritual strength to resist:

that he hearkened not unto her; not only did not yield to her, but would not give her an hearing, at least as little as possible he could, lest he should be overcome by her persuasions:

to lie by her, or to be with her; she might tempt him to lie by her, if he would not lie with her; or to lie, as Aben Ezra interprets it, in a place near her, in a chamber next to hers, in hopes by degrees to gain her point; but he would not yield to either, nor to be in her company, and have any conversation with her, at least as little as possible, that he might not be in the way of temptation, and be led into it; though these phrases may all signify carnal copulation with her, which was what his mistress solicited, and he would not hearken to her in, and comply with her. 39:7-12 Beauty either in men or women, often proves a snare both to themselves and others. This forbids pride in it, and requires constant watchfulness against the temptation that attends it. We have great need to make a covenant with our eyes, lest the eyes infect the heart. When lust has got power, decency, and reputation, and conscience, are all sacrificed. Potiphar's wife showed that her heart was fully set to do evil. Satan, when he found he could not overcome Joseph with the troubles and the frowns of the world, for in them he still held fast his principle, assaulted him with pleasures, which have ruined more than the former. But Joseph, by the grace of God, was enabled to resist and overcome this temptation; and his escape was as great an instance of the Divine power, as the deliverance of the three children out of the fiery furnace. This sin was one which might most easily beset him. The tempter was his mistress, one whose favour would help him forward; and it was at his utmost peril if he slighted her, and made her his enemy. The time and place favoured the temptation. To all this was added frequent, constant urging. The almighty grace of God enabled Joseph to overcome this assault of the enemy. He urges what he owed both to God and his master. We are bound in honour, as well as justice and gratitude, not in any thing to wrong those who place trust in us, how secretly soever it may be done. He would not offend his God. Three arguments Joseph urges upon himself. 1. He considers who he was that was tempted. One in covenant with God, who professed religion and relation to him. 2. What the sin was to which he was tempted. Others might look upon it as a small matter; but Joseph did not so think of it. Call sin by its own name, and never lessen it. Let sins of this nature always be looked upon as great wickedness, as exceedingly sinful. 3. Against whom he was tempted to sin, against God. Sin is against God, against his nature and his dominion, against his love and his design. Those that love God, for this reason hate sin. The grace of God enabled Joseph to overcome the temptation, by avoiding the temper. He would not stay to parley with the temptation, but fled from it, as escaping for his life. If we mean not to do iniquity, let us flee as a bird from the snare, and as a roe from the hunter.
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