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POTIPHAR'S WIFE ACCUSING JOSEPH.

SHORTLY after Joseph's bondage in Egypt, upon his refusal to comply with the criminal solicitations of his master's wife, that vindictive woman determined upon an immediate and base revenge. The Hebrew slave, shocked at the idea of committing so foul an act of dishonour as his mistress urged upon him, instantly fled from the temptation, but in his eagerness to escape the importunities of the tempter, he left in her hand his mantle, which she had seized in order to detain him; this she immediately resolved to make the instrument of her malice. As soon as Potiphar returned, she commenced her accusation of the object of her infamous desires. "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: and it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out. 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."* Upon being summoned by the indignant Egyptian, Joseph stands before him in an attitude of animated astonishment at the atrocious accusation of his mistress. Potiphar appears about to visit him with a most sanguinary retribution, but is recalled by his cooler reflection to a less desperate purpose, and dismisses the supposed culprit to a prison. On the floor lies Joseph's mantle, the presumptive evidence of his guilt, whilst his base accuser appears seated on her bed, her body bent beseechingly forward, in a position of tender appeal, as if clinging for protection to her injured Lord, who gently encircles her neck with his left arm, whilst with his right he grasps his dagger, to assure her of the protection which she claims.

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