Joseph was a good soldier of that God whom he served. He was far from yielding to the most insinuating and most urgent temptations. “And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.” He regarded neither her caresses nor her frowns, her threatenings nor her promises. None of her arts could induce him to do that great wickedness to which she solicited him, and to sin against God. If she could have given him all the treasures of Egypt as the price of his virtue, he would have despised them.
The Glorious Victory of Chastity; in Joseph’s Hard Conflict, and His Happy Escape (From Potiphar’s Wife) Jenks (1646–1724), divine, eldest son of John Jenks, vicar of Eaton-under-Haywood, Shropshire. This book was mentioned in Pike and Haywards Cases of Conscience – 1755, and by George Herbert, in a letter. It was not easy to find an online copy to narrate, and finding it to read, and in reading it to put it into more modern English at the same time, but it was certainly worth it!
For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, to call passengers who go right on their ways. “They are evil times, when tempters to sin are permitted to hunt so avowedly for prey. Let well-meaning persons, in such a time, watch and pray against temptation. These are the persons whom the foolish woman solicits, and too often with success.”
From the Sermon: Every crime or fault deserves a greater or less punishment, in proportion as the crime itself is greater or less. If any fault deserves punishment, then so much the greater the fault, so much the greater is the punishment deserved. The faulty nature of any thing is the formal ground and reason of its desert of punishment; and therefore the more any thing hath of this nature, the more punishment it deserves. And therefore the terribleness of the degree of punishment, let it be never be so terrible, is no argument against the justice of it, if the proportion does but hold between the heinousness of the crime and the dreadfulness of the punishment; so that if there be any such thing as a fault infinitely heinous, it will follow that it is just to inflict a punishment for it that is infinitely dreadful. Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners