1 Now Joseph had been taken down into Egypt. Potiphar the Egyptian, one of Pharaoh’s officials and commander of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.
2 Yahweh was with Joseph, and everything he undertook was successful. He lodged in the house of his Egyptian master,
3 and when his master saw how Yahweh was with him and how Yahweh made everything he undertook successful,
4 he was pleased with Joseph and made him his personal attendant; and his master put him in charge of his household, entrusting him with all his possessions.
5 And from the time he put him in charge of his household and all his possessions, Yahweh blessed the Egyptian’s household out of consideration for Joseph; Yahweh’s blessing extended to all his possessions, both household and estate.
6 So he left Joseph to handle all his possessions, and with him there, concerned himself with nothing beyond the food he ate. Now Joseph was well built and handsome,
7 and it happened some time later that his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, ‘Sleep with me.’
8 But he refused. ‘Look,’ he said to his master’s wife, ‘with me here, my master does not concern himself with what happens in the house, having entrusted all his possessions to me.
9 He himself wields no more authority in this house than I do. He has exempted nothing from me except yourself, because you are his wife. How could I do anything so wicked, and sin against God?’
10 Although she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not agree to sleep with her or be with her.
11 But one day when Joseph came into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the household happened to be indoors,
12 she caught hold of him by his tunic and said, ‘Sleep with me.’ But he left the tunic in her hand, took to his heels and got out.
13 When she saw that he had left the tunic in her hands as he ran out,
14 she called her servants and said to them, ‘Look at this! My husband brought in a Hebrew to make a fool of me! He burst in on me, but I screamed,
15 and when he heard me scream, he left his tunic beside me and ran out of the house.’
16 She kept his tunic by her until his master came home.
17 Then she told him the same tale, ‘The Hebrew slave you brought to us burst in on me to make a fool of me.
18 But when I screamed, he left his tunic beside me and ran away.’
19 When his master heard his wife say, ‘This was how your slave treated me,’ he became furious.
20 Joseph’s master had him arrested and committed to the gaol where the king’s prisoners were kept. And there in gaol he stayed.
21 But Yahweh was with Joseph. He showed him faithful love and made him popular with the chief gaoler.
22 The chief gaoler put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners in the gaol, making him responsible for everything done there.
23 The chief gaoler did not bother about anything put in his charge, since Yahweh was with him, and Yahweh made everything he undertook successful.
1 It happened some time later that the king of Egypt’s cup-bearer and his baker offended their master the king of Egypt.
2 Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cup-bearer and the chief baker,
3 and put them in custody in the house of the commander of the guard, in the gaol where Joseph was a prisoner.
4 The commander of the guard assigned Joseph to them to attend to their wants, and they remained in custody for some time.
5 Now both of them had dreams on the same night, each with its own meaning for the cup-bearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were prisoners in the gaol.
6 When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they looked gloomy,
7 and he asked the two officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, ‘Why these sad looks today?’
8 They replied, ‘We have each had a dream, but there is no one to interpret it.’ ‘Are not interpretations God’s business?’ Joseph asked them. ‘Tell me about them.’
9 So the chief cup-bearer described his dream to Joseph, telling him, ‘In my dream there was a vine in front of me.
10 On the vine were three branches; no sooner had it budded than it blossomed, and its clusters became ripe grapes.
11 I had Pharaoh’s cup in my hand; I picked the grapes and squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.’
12 ‘This is what it means,’ Joseph told him. ‘The three branches are three days.
13 In another three days Pharaoh will lift up your head by restoring you to your position. Then you will hand Pharaoh his cup, as you did before, when you were his cup-bearer.
14 But be sure to remember me when things go well with you, and keep faith with me by kindly reminding Pharaoh about me, to get me out of this house.
15 I was kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews in the first place, and even here I have done nothing to warrant being put in the dungeon.’
16 The chief baker, seeing that the interpretation had been favourable, said to Joseph, ‘I too had a dream; there were three wicker trays on my head.
17 In the top tray there were all kinds of pastries for Pharaoh, such as a baker might make, and the birds were eating them off the tray on my head.’
18 Joseph replied as follows, ‘This is what it means: the three trays are three days.
19 In another three days Pharaoh will lift up your head by hanging you on a gallows, and the birds will eat the flesh off your bones.’
20 And so it happened; the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday and he gave a banquet for all his officials. Of his officials he lifted up the head of the chief cup-bearer and the chief baker,
21 the chief cup-bearer by restoring him to his cup-bearing, so that he again handed Pharaoh his cup;
22 and by hanging the chief baker, as Joseph had explained to them.
23 But the chief cup-bearer did not remember Joseph; he had forgotten him.
1 I had made an agreement with my eyes not to linger on any virgin.
2 Now what portion does God allot from above, what fate does Shaddai apportion from his heaven-
3 if not the disasters appropriate to the wicked and the calamities fit for evil-doers?
4 But surely he sees how I behave, does he not count all my steps?
5 Have I been a fellow-traveller with falsehood, or hastened my steps towards deceit?
6 Let him weigh me on accurate scales: then he, God, will recognise my integrity!
7 If my feet have wandered from the rightful path, or if my eyes have led my heart astray, or if my hands are smirched with any stain,
8 let someone else eat what I have sown and let my young shoots all be rooted out.
9 If my heart has been seduced by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbour’s door,
10 let my wife go and grind for someone else, let others have intercourse with her!
11 For I would have committed a sin of lust, a crime punishable by the law,
12 a fire, indeed, burning all to Perdition, which would have devoured my whole revenue.
13 If I have ever infringed the rights of slave or slave-girl in legal actions against me-
14 what shall I do, when God stands up? What shall I say, when he holds his assize?
15 Did he not create them in the womb like me, the same God forming us in the womb?
16 Have I been insensible to the needs of the poor, or let a widow’s eyes grow dim?
17 Have I eaten my bit of bread on my own without sharing it with the orphan?
18 I, whom God has fostered father-like from childhood, and guided since I left my mother’s womb,
19 have I ever seen a wretch in need of clothing, or the poor with nothing to wear,
20 without his having cause to bless me from his heart, as he felt the warmth of the fleece from my lambs?
21 Have I raised my hand against an orphan, presuming on my credit at the gate?
22 If so, let my shoulder fall from its socket, let my arm break off at the elbow!
23 For the terror of God would fall on me and I could not then stand my ground before his majesty.
24 Have I put my faith in gold, saying to fine gold, ‘Ah, my security’?
25 Have I ever gloated over my great wealth, or the riches that my hands have won?
26 Or has the sight of the sun in its glory, or the glow of the moon as it walked the sky,
27 secretly stolen my heart, so that I blew them a kiss?
28 That too would be a criminal offence, to have denied the supreme God.
29 Have I rejoiced at my enemy’s misfortune, or exulted when disaster overtook him? –
30 I, who would not allow my tongue to sin or to lay his life under a curse.
31 The people of my tent, did they not say, ‘Will anyone name a person whom he has not filled with meat?’
32 No stranger ever had to sleep outside, my door was always open to the traveller.
33 Have I ever concealed my transgression from others or kept my fault a secret in my breast?
34 Have I ever stood in fear of common gossip, or dreaded any family’s contempt, and so kept quiet, not venturing out of doors?
35 Will no one give me a hearing? I have said my last word; now let Shaddai reply! When my adversary has drafted his writ against me
36 I shall wear it on my shoulder, and bind it round my head like a royal turban.
37 I shall give him an account of my every step and go as boldly as a prince to meet him.End of the words of Job.
38 If my land cries for vengeance against me and its furrows weep in concert,
39 if I have eaten its produce without paying, and caused the death of its owners,
40 let brambles grow instead of wheat, rank weeds instead of barley!
1 These three men stopped arguing with Job, because he was convinced of his uprightness.
2 But Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite, of the clan of Ram, became very angry. He fumed with rage against Job for thinking that he was right and God was wrong;
3 and he was equally angry with the three friends for giving up the argument and thus putting God in the wrong.
4 While they and Job were talking, Elihu had waited, because they were older than he was;
5 but when he saw that the three men had not another word to say in answer, his anger burst out.
6 And Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite began to speak. He said: I am still young, and you are old, so I was shy and hesitant to tell you what I know.
7 I thought, ‘Age ought to speak, advancing years will convey wisdom.’
8 There is, you see, a spirit residing in humanity, the breath of God conferring intelligence.
9 Great age does not give wisdom, nor seniority fair judgement.
10 And so I ask you for a hearing; now it is my turn to tell what I know.
11 Up to now, I was hanging on your words, I paid attention to your arguments as each of you chose his words.
12 I paid very close attention; and I see that none of you has confounded Job, not one of you has refuted what he says.
13 So do not say, ‘We have found wisdom; our teaching is divine and not human.’
14 I am not going to follow the same line of argument; my reply to Job will be couched in different terms.
15 They are nonplussed for an answer, words have failed them.
16 I have been waiting. Since they do not speak, since they have given up the argument,
17 now I shall have my say, my turn has come to say what I know.
18 For I am full of words and forced to speak by a spirit within me;
19 within me, it feels like new wine seeking a vent, bursting out of new wine-skins.
20 To gain relief, I must speak, I must open my lips and reply.
21 I shall not take anyone’s side, I shall not flatter anyone.
22 I do not know how to flatter — or my Creator would make short work of me.
Proverbs 3 [33-35]
33 Yahweh’s curse lies on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the upright.
34 He mocks those who mock, but accords his favour to the humble.
35 Glory is the portion of the wise, all that fools inherit is contempt.
Thoughts and Reflection
Joseph in the old testament has many parallels with the New Testament Joseph. First he Is a righteous man. We see that Joseph in the Old Testament will walk with the Lord. He has been betrayed, however, sold into slavery and imprisoned. The Lord is with him, just like God being with us in these situations.
Sometimes we only see the Lord’s presence in our lives when things are going the way we want them to, but he is still standing next to us when they aren’t. Even that Joseph is in a terrible situation, he decides to live like a victor because he knows the Lord is with him.
Job shows us that even though we live righteously it can feel like God isn’t with us but God will never leave us.
How have you seen the Lord stand by you in your time of need?
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!