Potiphar (Pot´uh-fuhr)

An official of Pharaoh and captain of the guard who purchased the patriarch Joseph in Egypt from some Midianite (Ishmaelite) merchants who had themselves purchased him from his brothers (Gen 37:36; Gen 39:1). Potiphar recognized Joseph’s special talents, but cast him into prison because of a false accusation by Potiphar’s wife (Gen 39:6-20).

Gen 37:36

36Meanwhile the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.

Gen 39:1

Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
1Now Joseph was taken down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the ... View more

Gen 39:6-20

6So he left all that he had in Joseph's charge; and, with him there, he had no concern for anything but the food that he ate.
Now Joseph was handsome and good-l ... View more

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