21. And the Egyptian who bought him said to his wife: Give him an honorable abode, maybe he will be useful to us, or we may adopt him as a son. And thus did We establish Yusuf in the land and that We might teach him the interpretation of sayings; and Allah is the master of His affair, but most people do not know.
22. And when he had attained his maturity, We gave him wisdom and knowledge: and thus do We reward those who do good.
23. And she in whose house he was sought to make himself yield (to her), and she made fast the doors and said: Come forward. He said: I seek Allah’s refuge, surely my Lord made good my abode: Surely the unjust do not prosper.
24. And certainly she made for him, and he would have made for her, were it not that he had seen the manifest evidence of his Lord; thus (it was) that We might turn away from him evil and indecency, surely he was one of Our sincere servants.
25. And they both hastened to the door, and she rent his shirt from behind and they met her husband at the door. She said: What is the punishment of him who intends evil to your wife except imprisonment or a painful chastisement?
26. He said: She sought to make me yield (to her); and a witness of her own family bore witness: If his shirt is rent from front, she speaks the truth and he is one of the liars:
27. And if his shirt is rent from behind, she tells a lie and he is one of the truthful.
28. So when he saw his shirt rent from behind, he said: Surely it is a guile of you women; surely your guile is great:
29. O Yusuf! turn aside from this; and (O my wife)! ask forgiveness for your fault, surely you are one of the wrong-doers.
30. And women in the city said: The chiefs wife seeks her slave to yield himself (to her), surely he has affected her deeply with (his) love; most surely we see her in manifest error.
31. So when she heard of their sly talk she sent for them and prepared for them a repast, and gave each of them a knife, and said (to Yusuf): Come forth to them. So when they saw him, they deemed him great, and cut their hands (in amazement), and said: Remote is Allah (from imperfection); this is not a mortal; this is but a noble angel.
32. She said: This is he with respect to whom you blamed me, and certainly I sought his yielding himself (to me), but he abstained, and if he does not do what I bid him, he shall certainly be imprisoned, and he shall certainly be of those who are in a state of ignominy.
33. He said: My Lord! the prison house is dearer to me than that to which they invite me; and if Thou turn not away their device from me, I will yearn towards them and become (one) of the ignorant.
34. Thereupon his Lord accepted his prayer and turned away their guile from him; surely He is the Hearing, the Knowing.
35. Then it occurred to them after they had seen the signs that they should imprison him till a time.
1. And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.
2. And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
3. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
4. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
5. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
7. And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
8. But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
9. There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
10. And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
11. And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
12. And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
13. And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
14. That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
15. 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.
16. And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
17. And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
18. And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
19. And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.
20. And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
In the Qur’an:
1. The man who bought Joseph hoped that a new slave would bring prosperity into his house.
2. Allah brought Joseph to Egypt in order to make him an interpreter of dreams.
3. One day when the Egyptian’s wife asked Joseph to be with her, he refused and they both ran to the door where they met. the master of the house.
4. Joseph called for a witness of one of his household who offered to examine the manner in which his shirt had been ripped off. The master of the house examined the evidence and saw that Joseph was telling the truth and his wife was lying.
5. The man’s wife asked other ladies in town to see for themselves that Joseph’s handsomeness was a good reason for her desire to him and that she was innocent in her lust. The women testified in agreement.
6. The man’s wife asked Joseph again to lie down with her and threatened him with imprisonment. Joseph chose prison. Somehow she managed to get him imprisoned, in spite of her husband’s conviction of Joseph’s innocence.
In the Bible:
1. God blessed Joseph and Potiphar saw that Joseph brought prosperity into his house.
2. As we will read in later chapters, God brought Joseph to the Egypt not to be an interpreter of dreams, but ultimately to save his family from famine in Canaan.
3. Potiphar’s wife desired Joseph and asked him day after day to lie with her, without success. She used one chance when no other servants were in the house and asked him again, grabbing him by his garment. He tried to escape from her and left his garment in her hands. She called the other servants and concocted a story about Joseph’s attempt to rape her. Then she waited for her husband to come home and she repeated her story to him. He believed his wife’s words and angrily sent Joseph to prison.
4,5,6. There is no room in the Bible for stories like one in the Qur’an about the second attempt of Potiphar’s wife to seduce Joseph and to threaten him with imprisonment.