Genesis 39:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 39:13, NIV: "When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house,"

Genesis 39:13, ESV: "And as soon as she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled out of the house,"

Genesis 39:13, KJV: "And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,"

Genesis 39:13, NASB: "When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled outside,"

Genesis 39:13, NLT: "When she saw that she was holding his cloak and he had fled,"

Genesis 39:13, CSB: "When she saw that he had left his garment with her and had run outside,"

What does Genesis 39:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A famous English proverb comes from late-seventeenth-century poet William Congreve, who said, "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned." Potiphar's wife has repeatedly offered herself to her husband's young, successful, attractive servant (Genesis 39:1–10). He has steadfastly refused for the sake of honor and morality. Finally, when she had Joseph alone and cornered (Genesis 39:11), she aggressively threw herself at him, grabbing his cloak.

Joseph, recognizing the danger of the moment, literally left the article of clothing behind rather than stay in such a compromising position. Rather than accepting such an open, apparently risk-free offer, he left her standing there holding his garment. For a woman likely used to getting whatever she wanted—possibly even the sexual use of her husband's slaves—this is a humiliating rejection. Her emotions for Joseph will turn from lust to vicious revenge. Her slander will put Joseph at risk of being immediately executed (Genesis 39:14).