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And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

39:1 officer of Pharaoh. The word here used for “officer” actually means “eunuch.” The same word later was used for Pharaoh’s butler and baker (Genesis 40:2). Evidently, any man who accepted a high position in Pharaoh’s bureaucracy was required to become a eunuch. This situation may have contributed to the adulterous desires of Potiphar’s wife.

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