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Lying Lips

by: Carol Bechtel

If Joseph had written in his diary after Mrs. Potiphar’s accusation, what might he have said? DIARY: Just when I thought my life was getting better, Potiphar’s wife accuses me of attacking her! I knew she wanted me—she’d made that pretty clear. But I’d told her in no uncertain terms that I wasn’t interested. I tried to make her understand that such a thing would be a sin against God. I was proud of that argument, first because it was true, and second because it rejected her without insulting her. But now she’s accusing me of attempted rape. I can only hope that when Potiphar hears her story he’ll consider the source. Surely he knows I’m neither stupid enough nor disloyal enough to try something like that!

If Joseph had written in his memoirs years after this experience, what might he have said? MEMOIR: I remember that incident like it was yesterday. For years I tried to imagine what I might have done differently. But I’ve learned to let it go. What I do hang on to—as tightly as Potiphar’s wife hung onto my garment—is the fact that God used her false accusation to set me on a true path. If she hadn’t accused me, I might still be Potiphar’s right-hand man. If I were, things would have turned out very differently for both me and my people.