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Mrs. Potiphar

She had it all. And yet, she knew she was nothing more than a piece of property—until she caught a glimpse of Jehovah through the life of a Hebrew slave.

By Hélène Thomas

Based on Genesis 39

She had all that any 19th-century BC Egyptian woman could ever hope to have—beauty, a wealthy and powerful husband, and a life of ease. Her husband, so long as she continued to please him, could afford to showcase the gem of her beauty in a setting of luxury where she was surrounded by servants and dressed in the finest fabrics known to man. 

According to the custom of the times, her marriage would have been arranged by her father for whatever political or financial gains best suited him. Nobody would have consulted her preferences. She belonged to her husband in the same way his horses, his slaves, and his shoes belonged to him. She answered to him about every detail of her life. 

Potiphar, on the other hand, was under no obligation whatsoever to consider his wife’s personal feelings, needs, or preferences unless

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  1. Ellen White, “Joseph in Egypt,” Signs of the Times, January 8, 1880.

  2. Ibid.

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About the author

Hélène Thomas lives in Seale, Alabama, and enjoys sharing thought-provoking stories of God’s winsome character.