|Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife|
1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.
Though Joseph’s situation had altered dramatically, God’s relationship to him had remained the same.
ESV notes–By indicating the divine blessing comes through Joseph, the narrator picks up an important element of the promises made to the patriarchs, Gen 12:3
Joseph had full responsibility for the welfare of Potiphar’s house, as later he would have full responsibility in prison, and later still in all Egypt. Always, this Israelite came to hold the welfare of his “world” in his hands–but always by the blessing and overruling of God, never by his own wits as his father Jacob had so long attempted.
ESV–Implicit in this account is the idea that God’s presence with Joseph is linked to Joseph’s commitment to God.
As before, Joseph’s garment is used to deceive others.
ESV By echoing the language of vv 2-5, these verses imply that Joseph’s experience in prison paralleled his earlier experience in Potiphar’s house. Again, because of the Lord’s presence with him, Joseph prospers.