Genesis 39:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 39:15, NIV: When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.'

Genesis 39:15, ESV: And as soon as he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried out, he left his garment beside me and fled and got out of the house.”

Genesis 39:15, KJV: And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.

Genesis 39:15, NASB: When he heard that I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled and went outside.'

Genesis 39:15, NLT: When he heard me scream, he ran outside and got away, but he left his cloak behind with me.'

Genesis 39:15, CSB: When he heard me screaming for help, he left his garment beside me and ran outside."

What does Genesis 39:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

For the sake of honor and integrity, Joseph has spurned the sexual advances of his master's wife (Genesis 39:6–10), even running away with his cloak still in her hand (Genesis 39:11–12). She's had enough of his rejection, and her lust turns to hateful revenge. She tells a manipulative lie to the other male servants in the household: Joseph came to rape me, and I screamed (Genesis 39:13–14). Her phrasing plays on natural resentment from slaves towards their master, as well as Joseph's racial background.

Now she concludes her lie, saying Joseph ran away only because she screamed, and that he left his cloak lying where he took it off before attempting to rape her. Having passed along a false story to the servants of the household, Potiphar's wife will wait for her husband to return home. Joseph's situation seems dire: who will the master believe, his wife or a captive slave? How will he react to this supposed betrayal?