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12 JOSEPH (23 – 42)

Now the woman in whose house he was solicited him, and closed the doors on them. ‘Come,’ she said, ‘take me!’ ‘God be my refuge,’ he said. ‘Surely my lord has given me a goodly lodging. Surely the evildoers do not prosper.’ For she desired him; and he would have taken her, but that he saw the proof of his Lord. So was it, that We might turn away from him evil and abomination; he was one of Our devoted servants. 25They raced to the door; and she tore his shirt from behind. They encountered her master by the door. She said, ‘What is the recompense of him who purposes evil against thy folk, but that he should be imprisoned, or a painful chastisement?’ Said he, ‘It was she that solicited me’; and a witness of her folk bore witness, ‘If his shirt has been torn from before then she has spoken truly, and he is one of the liars; but if it be that his shirt has been torn from behind, then she has lied, and he is one of the truthful.’ When he saw his shirt was torn from behind he said, ‘This is of your women's guile; surely your guile is great. Joseph, turn away from this; and thou, woman, ask forgiveness of thy crime; surely thou art one of the sinners.’ 30Certain women that were in the city said, ‘The Governor's wife has been soliciting her page; he smote her heart with love; we see her in manifest error.’ When she heard their sly whispers, she sent to them, and made ready for them a repast, then she gave to each one of them a knife. ‘Come forth, attend to them,’ she said. And when they saw him, they so admired him that they cut their hands, saying, ‘God save us! This is no mortal; he is no other but a noble angel.’ ‘So now you see,’ she said. ‘This is he you blamed me for. Yes, I solicited him, but he abstained. Yet if he will not do what I command him, he shall be imprisoned, and be one of the humbled.’ He said, ‘My Lord, prison is dearer to me than that they call me to; yet if Thou turnest not from me their guile, then I shall yearn towards them, and so become one of the ignorant.’ So his Lord answered him, and He turned away from him their guile; surely He is the All-hearing, the All-knowing. 35Then it seemed good to them, after they had seen the signs, that they should imprison him for a while. And there entered the prison with him two youths. Said one of them, ‘I dreamed that I was pressing grapes.’ Said the other, ‘I dreamed that I was carrying on my head bread, that birds were eating of. Tell us its interpretation; we see that thou art of the good-doers.’ He said, ‘No food shall come to you for your sustenance, but ere it comes to you I shall tell you its interpretation. That I shall tell you is of what my Lord has taught me. I have forsaken the creed of a people who believe not in God and who moreover are unbelievers in the world to come. And I have followed the creed of my fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Not ours is it to associate aught with God. That is of God's bounty to us, and to men; but most men are not thankful. Say, which is better, my fellow-prisoners— many gods at variance, or God the One, the Omnipotent? 40That which you serve, apart from Him, is nothing but names yourselves have named, you and your fathers; God has sent down no authority touching them. Judgment belongs only to God; He has commanded that you shall not serve any but Him. That is the right religion; but most men know not. Fellow-prisoners, as for one of you, he shall pour wine for his lord; as for the other, he shall be crucified, and birds will eat of his head. The matter is decided whereon you enquire.’ Then he said to the one he deemed should be saved of the two, ‘Mention me in thy lord's presence.’ But Satan caused him to forget to mention him to his master, so that he continued in the prison for certain years.

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