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Genesis 40

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The Prisoners’ Dreams
1It came to pass after these things that the #Gen. 40:11, 13; Neh. 1:11butler and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt. 2And Pharaoh was #Prov. 16:14angry with his two officers, the chief butler and the chief baker. 3#Gen. 39:1, 20, 23; 41:10So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined. 4And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them; so they were in custody for a while.
5Then the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, #Gen. 37:5; 41:1had a dream, both of them, each man’s dream in one night and each man’s dream with its own interpretation. 6And Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them, and saw that they were sad. 7So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in the custody of his lord’s house, saying, #Neh. 2:2“Why do you look so sad today?”
8And they said to him, #Gen. 41:15“We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.”
So Joseph said to them, #(Gen. 41:16; Dan. 2:11, 20–22, 27, 28, 47)“Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.”
9Then the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “Behold, in my dream a vine was before me, 10and in the vine were three branches; it was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes. 11Then Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.”
12And Joseph said to him, #Gen. 40:18; 41:12, 25; Judg. 7:14; Dan. 2:36; 4:18, 19“This is the interpretation of it: The three branches #Gen. 40:18; 42:17are three days. 13Now within three days Pharaoh will #2 Kin. 25:27; Ps. 3:3; Jer. 52:31lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler. 14But #1 Sam. 25:31; Luke 23:42remember me when it is well with you, and #Gen. 24:49; 47:29; Josh. 2:12; 1 Sam. 20:14, 15; 2 Sam. 9:1; 1 Kin. 2:7please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. 15For indeed I was #Gen. 37:26–28stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; #Gen. 39:20and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon.”
16When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, “I also was in my dream, and there were three white baskets on my head. 17In the uppermost basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head.”
18So Joseph answered and said, #Gen. 40:12“This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days. 19#Gen. 40:13Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and #Deut. 21:22hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you.”
20Now it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s #Matt. 14:6–10birthday, that he #Mark 6:21made a feast for all his servants; and he #Gen. 40:13, 19; 2 Kin. 25:27; Jer. 52:31; Matt. 25:19lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. 21Then he #Gen. 40:13restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and #Neh. 2:1he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand. 22But he #Gen. 40:19; Deut. 21:23; Esth. 7:10hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but #Job 19:14; Ps. 31:12; Eccl. 9:15, 16; Is. 49:15; Amos 6:6forgot him.
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The Wine Taster and the Baker
1Some time later, the Egyptian king’s baker and wine taster did something their master didn’t like. 2So Pharaoh became angry with his two officials, the chief wine taster and the chief baker. 3He put them in prison in the house of the captain of the palace guard. It was the same prison where Joseph was kept. 4The captain put Joseph in charge of those men. So Joseph took care of them.
Some time passed while they were in prison. 5Then each of the two men had a dream. The men were the Egyptian king’s baker and wine taster. They were being held in prison. Both of them had dreams the same night. Each of their dreams had its own meaning.
6Joseph came to them the next morning. He saw that they were sad. 7They were Pharaoh’s officials, and they were in prison with Joseph in his master’s house. So he asked them, “Why do you look so sad today?”
8“We both had dreams,” they answered. “But no one can tell us what they mean.”
Then Joseph said to them, “Only God knows what dreams mean. Tell me your dreams.”
9So the chief wine taster told Joseph his dream. He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me. 10There were three branches on the vine. As soon as it budded, it flowered. And bunches of ripe grapes grew on it. 11Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand. I took the grapes. I squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup. Then I put the cup in his hand.”
12“Here’s what your dream means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days. 13In three days Pharaoh will let you out of prison. He’ll give your job back to you. And you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand. That’s what you used to do when you were his wine taster. 14But when everything is going well with you, remember me. Do me a favor. Speak to Pharaoh about me. Get me out of this prison. 15I was taken away from the land of the Hebrews by force. Even here I haven’t done anything to be put in prison for.”
16The chief baker saw that Joseph had given a positive meaning to the wine taster’s dream. So he said to Joseph, “I had a dream too. There were three baskets of bread on my head. 17All kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh were in the top basket. But the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”
18“Here’s what your dream means,” Joseph said. “The three baskets are three days. 19In three days Pharaoh will cut your head off. Then he will stick a pole through your body and set the pole up. The birds will eat your flesh.”
20The third day was Pharaoh’s birthday. He had a feast prepared for all his officials. He brought the chief wine taster and the chief baker out of prison. He did it in front of his officials. 21He gave the chief wine taster’s job back to him. Once again the wine taster put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand. 22But Pharaoh had a pole stuck through the chief baker’s body. Then he had the pole set up. Everything happened just as Joseph had told them when he explained their dreams.
23But the chief wine taster didn’t remember Joseph. In fact, he forgot all about him.