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Genesis 40

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1-4As time went on, it happened that the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt crossed their master, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh was furious with his two officials, the head cupbearer and the head baker, and put them in custody under the captain of the guard; it was the same jail where Joseph was held. The captain of the guard assigned Joseph to see to their needs.
4-7After they had been in custody for a while, the king’s cupbearer and baker, while being held in the jail, both had a dream on the same night, each dream having its own meaning. When Joseph arrived in the morning, he noticed that they were feeling low. So he asked them, the two officials of Pharaoh who had been thrown into jail with him, “What’s wrong? Why the long faces?”
8They said, “We dreamed dreams and there’s no one to interpret them.”
Joseph said, “Don’t interpretations come from God? Tell me the dreams.”
9-11First the head cupbearer told his dream to Joseph: “In my dream there was a vine in front of me with three branches on it: It budded, blossomed, and the clusters ripened into grapes. I was holding Pharaoh’s cup; I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and gave the cup to Pharaoh.”
12-15Joseph said, “Here’s the meaning. The three branches are three days. Within three days, Pharaoh will get you out of here and put you back to your old work—you’ll be giving Pharaoh his cup just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. Only remember me when things are going well with you again—tell Pharaoh about me and get me out of this place. I was kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews. And since I’ve been here, I’ve done nothing to deserve being put in this hole.”
16-17When the head baker saw how well Joseph’s interpretation turned out, he spoke up: “My dream went like this: I saw three wicker baskets on my head; the top basket had assorted pastries from the bakery and birds were picking at them from the basket on my head.”
18-19Joseph said, “This is the interpretation: The three baskets are three days; within three days Pharaoh will take off your head, impale you on a post, and the birds will pick your bones clean.”
20-22And sure enough, on the third day it was Pharaoh’s birthday and he threw a feast for all his servants. He set the head cupbearer and the head baker in places of honor in the presence of all the guests. Then he restored the head cupbearer to his cupbearing post; he handed Pharaoh his cup just as before. And then he impaled the head baker on a post, following Joseph’s interpretations exactly.
23But the head cupbearer never gave Joseph another thought; he forgot all about him.
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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.