Joseph, the blessed, beloved son of Jacob, had already been betrayed by his brothers.
Then his master's wife lied about him, claiming that he had tried to rape her, when in face she had tried to seduce him:
And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, 14That 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:" (Genesis 39: 13-14)
Notice that she spoke to all the servants, not to her husband first. What's going on here?
Check out how she shares the same thing with her husband Potiphar:
And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home. 17And 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: 18And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out." (Genesis 39: 16-18)
So, why tell the other servants in the home about Joseph's alleged assault, then tell her husband?
She wanted to pressure her husband to dispatch Joseph. If Potiphar refused to, he would lose favor and respect in the eyes of the other servants.
But how did Potiphar ultimately respond?
"After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. 20And 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." (Genesis 39: 19-20)
|Joseph promoted to Keeper of the King's Prison|
So, Potphar got mad-- but he didn't get mad at Joseph.
Instead of having him executed, Potiphar placed Joseph in the king's prison. He received an interesting new location, didn't he? He was "imprisoned", but then promoted as chief overseer for all the prisoners!
2And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. 23The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper. (Genesis 39: 22-23)
Apparently, whatever Joseph was accused of--did not bother the keeper of the prison, did it?
Do not worry about people may say about you.
If you have God's favor, He will take you all the way!
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:" (Ephesians 1:3)