Genesis 40
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Joseph Interprets Two Prisoners’ Dreams

1After this, the Egyptian king’s cupbearera and baker offended their master, the king of Egypt. 2Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guardb in the prison where Joseph was confined. 4The captain of the guard assigned Joseph to them, and he became their personal attendant. And they were in custody for some time.c

5The Egyptian king’s cupbearer and baker, who were confined in the prison, each had a dream. Both had a dream on the same night, and each dream had its own meaning. 6When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they looked distraught. 7So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today? ”d

8We had dreams,” they said to him, “but there is no one to interpret them.”

Then Joseph said to them, “Don’t interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”e

9So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph: “In my dream there was a vine in front of me. 10On the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms came out and its clusters ripened into grapes. 11Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.”

12This is its interpretation,”f Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days. 13In just three days Pharaoh will lift up your headg and restore you to your position. You will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand the way you used to when you were his cupbearer. 14But when all goes well for you, remember that I was with you. Please show kindness to me by mentioning me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this prison. 15For I was kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews,h and even here I have done nothing that they should put me in the dungeon.”i

16When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was positive, he said to Joseph, “I also had a dream. Three baskets of white bread were on my head. 17In the top basket were all sorts of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”

18This is its interpretation,” Joseph replied. “The three baskets are three days. 19In just three days Pharaoh will lift up your head — from off you — and hang you on a tree.j Then the birds will eat the flesh from your body.”k

20On the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, he gave a feast for all his servants. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker.l 21Pharaoh restored the chief cupbearer to his position as cupbearer, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand. 22But Pharaoh hangedm the chief baker, just as Joseph had explained to them. 23Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.n

a. 40:1 Neh 1:11
b. 40:3 Gn 39:20
c. 40:4 Lit custody days
d. 40:7 Neh 2:2
e. 40:8 Dn 2:11,20-24
f. 40:12 Gn 41:12; Dn 2:36
g. 40:13 Gn 40:19-22
h. 40:15 Gn 37:28
i. 40:15 Gn 39:20
j. 40:19 Or and impale you on a pole
k. 40:19 Lit eat your flesh from upon you
l. 40:20 2Kg 25:27; Jr 52:31; Mt 14:6
m. 40:22 Or impaled
n. 40:23 Ec 9:15-16
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