Genesis 39:11
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New International Version
One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside.

New Living Translation
One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work.

English Standard Version
But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house,

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now one day he went into the house to do his work, and none of the household servants were there.

International Standard Version
One day, though, he went into the house to do his work. None of the household servants were inside,

NET Bible
One day he went into the house to do his work when none of the household servants were there in the house.

New Heart English Bible
About this time, he went into the house to do his work, and there were none of the men of the house inside.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
One day he went into the house to do his work, and none of the household servants were there.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass on a certain day, when he went into the house to do his work, and there was none of the men of the house there within,

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business, and none of those of the house were there within.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his work; and there was none of the men of the house there within.

American King James Version
And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass about this time, that he went into the house to do his work; and there was none of the men of the house there within.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now it happened on it certain day, that Joseph went into the house, and was doing some business without any, man with him:

Darby Bible Translation
that on a certain day he went into the house to do his business, and there was none of the men of the house there in the house.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass about this time, that he went into the house to do his work; and there was none of the men of the house there within.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass, about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.

World English Bible
About this time, he went into the house to do his work, and there were none of the men of the house inside.

Young's Literal Translation
and it cometh to pass about this day, that he goeth into the house to do his work, and there is none of the men of the house there in the house,
Study Bible
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
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. 12She caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me!" And he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside.…
Cross References
Genesis 39:10
As she spoke to Joseph day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her.

Genesis 39:12
She caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me!" And he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside.
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Verses 11, 12. - And it came to pass about this time (literally, at this day, i.e. it one day happened), that Joseph went into the house to do his business (i.e. to attend to his accustomed duties); and there was none of the men of the house there within (or, in the hour). And she caught him by his garment (this was probably the long loose robe or mantle, with short sleeves, used in Oriental full dress), saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out - literally, and went forth into the place without, i.e. out of the house and into the street. And it came to pass about this time,.... About a week, or a month, or rather a year, as Aben Ezra thinks, after she first began her solicitations to him. According to Josephus (r), it was a public festival, at which women used to attend; but she excused herself, pretending illness; and so Jarchi takes it to be some noted day at the idol's temple, to which all used to go; but she pretended she was sick, and could not go, knowing that Joseph would not be there, but at home, and therefore judged this a fit opportunity to attack him once more: and so it was:

that Joseph went into the house to do his business: to inspect the accounts, as the Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan paraphrase it, and settle them:

and there was none of the men of the house there within; being all gone to the public festival, or however there were none in that part of the house where Joseph was.

(r) Antiqu. l. 2. c. 4. sect. 3.39:7-12 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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