Genesis 39:7
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New International Version
and after a while his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said, "Come to bed with me!"

New Living Translation
and Potiphar's wife soon began to look at him lustfully. "Come and sleep with me," she demanded.

English Standard Version
And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.”

New American Standard Bible
It came about after these events that his master's wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, "Lie with me."

King James Bible
And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After some time his master's wife looked longingly at Joseph and said, "Sleep with me."

International Standard Version
That's why, sometime later, Joseph's master's wife looked straight at Joseph and propositioned him: "Come on! Let's have a little sex!"

NET Bible
Soon after these things, his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said, "Have sex with me."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After a while his master's wife began to desire Joseph, so she said, "Come to bed with me."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

American King James Version
And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
h And after many days his mistress 'cast her eyes on Joseph, and said: Lie with me.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph, and said, Lie with me!

English Revised Version
And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph: and she said, Lie with me.

World English Bible
It happened after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph; and she said, "Lie with me."

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass after these things, that his lord's wife lifteth up her eyes unto Joseph, and saith, 'Lie with me;'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - And it came to pass after these things, - Joseph had by this time been nearly ten years in Potiphar's house (vide Genesis 41:46) - that his master s wife cast her eyes (lasciviously) upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. According to monumental evidence (Wilkinson's ' Ancient Egyptians,' vol. 1. p. 392, ed. 1878; Hengstenbergs 'Egypt and the Books of Moses,' 1:25; Kalisch, p. 631) and historical testimony (Herod., 2:111), Egyptian females, even though married, were distinguished for licentiousness and immorality, and were not condemned to live in seclusion (Bohlen), but were allowed freely to mix in promiscuous society, which facts perfectly account for Joseph s temptation by his mistress.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And it came to pass after these things,.... After he was the overseer of his house; in which office, after he had been some time, so it was

that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; he being a handsome young man, caught her eye, and that her heart, and led her on to lust after him, and frequently fed her eyes with amorous glances at him:

and at length being fired with lust, and having an opportunity:

she said, to him, in a bold and impudent manner, in plain words, having given signs and hints, and dropped expressions tending thereto before, as it is probable:

lie with me; now directly, there being both opportunity and convenience, perhaps her chamber was near: this was a very great temptation to a young man in single life and living well, from his mistress, who had it greatly in her power to make him should he consent, or ruin him should he deny.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph—Egyptian women were not kept in the same secluded manner as females are in most Oriental countries now. They were treated in a manner more worthy of a civilized people—in fact, enjoyed much freedom both at home and abroad. Hence Potiphar's wife had constant opportunity of meeting Joseph. But the ancient women of Egypt were very loose in their morals. Intrigues and intemperance were vices very prevalent among them, as the monuments too plainly attest [Wilkinson]. Potiphar's wife was probably not worse than many of the same rank, and her infamous advances made to Joseph arose from her superiority of station.

Genesis 39:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
6So he left everything he owned in Joseph's charge; and with him there he did not concern himself with anything except the food which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. 7It came about after these events that his master's wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, "Lie with me." 8But he refused and said to his master's wife, "Behold, with me here, my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my charge.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 13:11
But when she took it to him to eat, he grabbed her and said, "Come to bed with me, my sister."

Proverbs 1:10
My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.

Proverbs 7:15
So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!
Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

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Genesis 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; …

Job 31:1 I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think on a maid?

Psalm 119:37 Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken you me in your way.

Ezekiel 23:5,6,12-16 And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on …

Matthew 5:28 But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her …

2 Peter 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling …

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust …

Lie.

2 Samuel 13:11 And when she had brought them to him to eat, he took hold of her, …

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

Proverbs 5:9 Lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel:

Proverbs 7:13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said to him,

Jeremiah 3:3 Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there has been no latter …

Ezekiel 16:25,32,34 You have built your high place at every head of the way, and have …

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