One Meaning of Joseph
As we're reminded often enough these days, human beings are especially vulnerable to corruption in two circumstances: when they are very powerful and when they are powerless. Joseph experienced both of these disparate conditions: the life of a boy forced into slavery, who matures into a startlingly handsome young man, who becomes the object of a failed attempted seduction, then later falsely accused and sent to prison. Then he lived the life of a key figure in the ruling elite of the leading nation of the world, an economic and political powerhouse. In both “lives,” as we learn from the narrative, Joseph held to his morals and ethics. As a slave, he resisted the indelicate advances of a beautiful woman, powerful in the upper echelons of Egypt, a formidable lady of both political and social sway. And in the dungeons, as a slave prisoner, Joseph hardly coiled up in bitterness, but shared with his prison-mates his gift of prophecy and teachings about God, His oneness, power, and mercy.
When Joseph was finally released and cleared of the accusations that sent him away, he showed no acrimony. Instead of wishing ruin to rain down upon the nation that took his freedom, he sought to help it. At his request -- a self-aware man -- he was appointed as a high minister of Egypt. In the position to enrich himself without fear of reprisal or scandal, Joseph turned his attention toward the wise and scrupulous management of the resources and harvests of Egypt, and he freely helped the people of the neighboring regions suffering from a long drought. Had it not been for his generosity and foresight, many would have perished. And finally, when his brothers came before him in his court to seek food rations—the same envy-driven brothers who threw young Joseph in a well, giving him up for random exile—he pardoned them and offered them and his parents refuge and comfort in the land of Egypt.
Alayhi - salam