New International Version
The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.
King James Bible
Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.
Darby Bible Translation
But the chief of the cup-bearers did not remember Joseph, and forgot him.
World English Bible
Yet the chief cupbearer didn't remember Joseph, but forgot him.
Young's Literal Translation
and the chief of the butlers hath not remembered Joseph, but forgetteth him.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph - Had he mentioned the circumstance to Pharaoh, there is no doubt that Joseph's case would have been examined into, and he would in consequence have been restored to his liberty; but, owing to the ingratitude of the chief butler, he was left two years longer in prison.
Many commentators have seen in every circumstance in the history of Joseph a parallel between him and our blessed Lord. So, "Joseph in prison represents Christ in the custody of the Jews; the chief butler and the chief baker represent the two thieves which were crucified with our Lord; and as one thief was pardoned, and the other left to perish, so the chief butler was restored to his office, and the chief baker hanged." I believe God never designed such parallels; and I am astonished to find comparatively grave and judicious men trifling in this way, and forcing the features of truth into the most distorted anamorphosis, so that even her friends blush to acknowledge her. This is not a light matter; we should beware how we attribute designs to God that he never had, and employ the Holy Spirit in forming trifling and unimportant similitudes. Of plain, direct truth we shall find as much in the sacred writings as we can receive and comprehend; let us not therefore hew out unto ourselves broken cisterns that can hold no water. Interpretations of this kind only tend to render the sacred writings uncertain; to expose to ridicule all the solemn types and figures which it really contains; and to furnish pretexts to infidels and irreligious people to scoff at all spirituality, and lead them to reject the word of God entirely, as incapable of being interpreted on any fixed or rational plan. The mischief done by this system is really incalculable. See the observations on Genesis 37 (note).
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but forgat him.
LibraryThe Political Constitution of Egypt
The king, the queen, and the royal princes--Administration under the Pharaohs--Feudalism and the Egyptian priesthood, the military--The citizens and country people. Between the Fayum and the apex of the Delta, the Lybian range expands and forms a vast and slightly undulating table-land, which runs parallel to the Nile for nearly thirty leagues. The Great Sphinx Harmakhis has mounted guard over its northern extremity ever since the time of the Followers of Horus. Illustration: Drawn by Boudier, …
G. Maspero—History Of Egypt, Chaldaea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, V 2
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When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile,
Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, "Today I am reminded of my shortcomings.
My relatives have gone away; my closest friends have forgotten me.
I am forgotten as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery.
Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man.
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