Genesis 40

The Butler and Baker Put in Prison

(1) It came to pass after these things, that the king of Egypt’s butler and his baker offended their lord, the king of Egypt.

(2) And Pharaoh was angry with two of his officers, the chief of the butlers, and the chief of the bakers.

(3) So he put them in prison in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was held.

(4) And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them, and they continued for a season in prison.

Butler and Baker Dreamed a Dream

(5) Both of them dreamed a dream, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the king of Egypt’s butler and baker, who were held in the prison.

(6) When Joseph came to them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad.

(7) So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in the prison of his lord’s house, saying, "Why do YOU look so sad today?"

(8) Then they said to him, "We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it." So Joseph said to them, "Do not interpretations belong to God? Please, tell me your dreams."

Joseph Interpretes the Chief Butler’s Dream

(9) Then the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, "In my dream, behold, a vine was before me,

(10) and in the vine were three branches. It was as though it budded, and its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters brought forth ripe grapes.

(11) Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I put the cup in Pharaoh’s hand."

(12) Then Joseph said to him, "This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days.

(13) Within three days Pharaoh shall lift up your head, and restore you to your place, and you shall deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, as you did formerly when you were his butler.

(14) But remember me when it is well with you, and please, show kindness to me, and make mention of me to Pharaoh, and bring me out of this place.

(15) For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into this dungeon."

Joseph Interpretes the Chief Baker’s Dream

(16) When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, "I also was in my dream, and behold, I had three white baskets on my head.

(17) In the uppermost basket there were all kinds of baked foods for Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head."

(18) Then Joseph answered and said, "This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days.

(19) Within three days Pharaoh shall lift up your head from off you, and shall hang you on a tree, and the birds shall eat your flesh from off you.

Joseph’s Interpretations Come True

(20) And it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants, and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.

(21) He restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.

(22) But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.

(23) Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

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