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Genesis 40

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Joseph Interprets Two Dreams
1After these things happened, two of the king’s officers displeased the king. These officers were the man who served wine to the king and the king’s baker. 2The king became angry with his officer who served him wine and his baker. 3So he put them in the prison of the captain of the guard. This was the same prison where Joseph was kept. 4The captain of the guard put the two prisoners in Joseph’s care. They stayed in prison for some time.
5One night both the king’s officer who served him wine and the baker had a dream. Each had his own dream with its own meaning. 6When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw they were worried. 7Joseph asked the king’s officers who were with him, “Why do you look so unhappy today?”
8The two men answered, “We both had dreams last night. But no one can explain the meaning of them to us.”
Joseph said to them, “God is the only One who can explain the meaning of dreams. So tell me your dreams.”
9So the man who served wine to the king told Joseph his dream. He said, “I dreamed I saw a vine. 10On the vine there were three branches. I watched the branches bud and blossom, and then the grapes ripened. 11I was holding the king’s cup. So I took the grapes and squeezed the juice into the cup. Then I gave it to the king.”
12Then Joseph said, “I will explain the dream to you. The three branches stand for three days. 13Before the end of three days the king will free you. He will allow you to return to your work. You will serve the king his wine just as you did before. 14But when you are free, remember me. Be kind to me. Tell the king about me so that I can get out of this prison. 15I was taken by force from the land of the Hebrews. And I have done nothing here to deserve being put in prison.”
16The baker saw that Joseph’s explanation of the dream was good. So he said to Joseph, “I also had a dream. I dreamed there were three bread baskets on my head. 17In the top basket there were all kinds of baked food for the king. But the birds were eating this food out of the basket on my head.”
18Joseph answered, “I will tell you what the dream means. The three baskets stand for three days. 19Before the end of three days, the king will cut off your head! He will hang your body on a pole. And the birds will eat your flesh.”
20Three days later it was the king’s birthday. So he gave a feast for all his officers. In front of his officers, he let the chief officer who served his wine and the chief baker out of prison. 21The king gave his chief officer who served wine his old position. Once again he put the king’s cup of wine into the king’s hand. 22But the king hanged the baker on a pole. Everything happened just as Joseph had said it would. 23But the officer who served wine did not remember Joseph. He forgot all about him.
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CHAPTER 40
1When these things were done, it befelled that two geldings, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, sinned to their lord.
2And Pharaoh was wroth against them, for the one was master butler, and the tother was master baker.
3And he sent them into the prison of the prince of knights, in which also Joseph was bound.
4And the keeper of the prison betook them to Joseph, which also served, or kept, them. Somewhat of time passed, and they were holden in keeping,
5and both saw a dream in one night, by covenable expounding to them.
6And when Joseph had entered to them early, and had seen them sorry,
7he asked them, and said, Why is your cheer heavier today than it is wont to be?
8Which answered, We each saw a dream, and there is no man that expoundeth it to us. And Joseph said to them, Whether the expounding is not of God? Tell ye to me what ye have seen.
9The master butler told first his dream; I saw before me that a vine,
10in which were three scions, waxed little and little into burgeonings, and that after the flowers, the grapes waxed ripe,
11and the cup of Pharaoh was in mine hand; therefore I took the grapes, and pressed them out into the cup that I held, and I gave drink to Pharaoh.
12Joseph answered, This is the expounding of the dream; three scions be yet three days,
13after which Pharaoh shall have mind of thy service, and he shall restore thee into the first degree, and thou shalt give to him the cup, by thine office, as thou were wont to do before.
14Only have thou mind of me, when it is well to thee, and thou shalt do mercy with me, that thou make suggestion to Pharaoh, that he lead me out of this prison;
15for thiefly, that is, by thievery, I am taken away from the land of Hebrews, and here I am sent innocent into prison.
16The master baker saw that Joseph had declared prudently the dream, and he said, And I saw a dream, that I had three baskets of meal on mine head,
17and I guessed that I bare in one basket, that was highest, all meats or baked foods that be made for Pharaoh by the craft of bakers, and that birds ate thereof.
18Joseph answered, This is the expounding of the dream; three baskets be yet three days,
19after which Pharaoh shall take away thine head, and he shall hang thee in a cross, and birds shall draw thy flesh.
20From thence the third day was the day of the birth of Pharaoh, which made a great feast to his servants, and he had mind among the meats or during the meal, of the master butler, and of the prince of bakers;
21and he restored the one into his place, that he should dress the cup, either drink, to the king,
22and he hanged the tother in a gibbet, that the truth of Joseph declaring the dreams should be proved.
23And nevertheless when prosperities befelled to the master butler, he forgat Joseph that declared his dream.