NASB — Genesis 40 — KJV

Joseph Interprets a Dream

1 Then it came about after these things, athe cupbearer and the baker for the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt. 2 Pharaoh was afurious with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker. 3 So he put them in confinement in the house of the acaptain of the bodyguard, in the jail, the [same] place where Joseph was imprisoned. 4 The captain of the bodyguard put Joseph in charge of them, and he Itook care of them; and they were in confinement for IIsome time. 5 Then the cupbearer and the baker for the king of Egypt, who were confined in jail, both had a dream the same night, each man with his [own] dream [and] each dream with its [own] interpretation. 6 IWhen Joseph came to them in the morning and observed them, IIbehold, they were dejected. 7 He asked Pharaoh’s officials who were with him in confinement in his master’s house, “IaWhy are your faces so sad today?” 8 Then they said to him, “aWe have Ihad a dream and there is no one to interpret it.” Then Joseph said to them, “bDo not interpretations belong to God? Tell [it] to me, please.”

[1] aGn 40:11, 13; Ne 1:11
[2] aPv 16:14
[3] aGn 39:1, 20
[4] ILit ministered to IILit days
[6] IOr And IILit and behold
[7] ILit saying, Why aNe 2:2
[8] ILit dreamed aGn 41:15 bGn 41:16; Dn 2:27, 28

9 ¶ So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “In my dream, Ibehold, [there was] a vine in front of me; 10 and on the vine [were] three branches. And as it was budding, its blossoms came out, [and] its clusters produced ripe grapes. 11 Now Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand; so I took the grapes and squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I put the cup into Pharaoh’s Ihand.” 12 Then Joseph said to him, “This is the ainterpretation of it: the three branches are three days; 13 within three more days Pharaoh will Ilift up your head and restore you to your IIoffice; and you will put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand according to your former custom when you were his cupbearer. 14 Only Ikeep me in mind when it goes well with you, and please ado me a kindness IIby mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house. 15 For aI was in fact kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing that they should have put me into the Idungeon.”

[9] ILit and behold
[11] ILit palm
[12] aDn 2:36; 4:18, 19
[13] IOr possibly forgive you IILit place
[14] ILit remember me with yourself IILit and mention aJsh 2:12; 1S 20:14; 1K 2:7
[15] IOr pit aGn 37:26-28

16 ¶ When the chief baker saw that he had interpreted favorably, he said to Joseph, “I also [saw] in my dream, and behold, [there were] three baskets of white bread on my head; 17 and in the top basket [there were] some of all Isorts of baked food for Pharaoh, and the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.” 18 Then Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days; 19 within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head from you and will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh off you.”

[17] ILit food for Pharaoh made by a baker

20 ¶ Thus it came about on the third day, [which was] aPharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; band he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants. 21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his Ioffice, and ahe put the cup into Pharaoh’s IIhand; 22 but ahe hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23 Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but aforgot him.

[20] aMt 14:6 b2K 25:27; Jr 52:31
[21] ILit wine-pouring IILit palm aGn 40:13
[22] aGn 40:19; Es 7:10
[23] aJb 19:14; Ps 31:12; Ec 9:15


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The butler and baker of Pharaoh in prison.

1 ¶ And it came to pass after these things, [that] the butler¬ of the king of Egypt and [his] baker¬ had offended¬ their lord the king of Egypt. 2 And Pharaoh was wroth¬ against two [of] his officers, against the chief of the butlers,¬ and against the chief of the bakers.¬ 3 And he put¬ them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph [was] bound.¬

[1] Gn 39:20; 40:13; Ne 1:11; 2:1; Es 6:1.
[2] 1Ch 27:27; Ps 76:10; Pv 16:14; 19:12, 19; 27:4; Ac 12:20.
[3] Gn 39:20, 23.

Joseph hath charge of them.

4 And the captain of the guard charged¬ Joseph with them, and he served¬ them: and they continued a season in ward.

[4] Gn 4:3; 24:55; 37:36; 39:1, 21; 40:20; Ps 37:5.

He interpreteth their dreams.

5 ¶ And they dreamed¬ a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler¬ and the baker¬ of the king of Egypt, which [were] bound¬ in the prison. 6 And Joseph came in¬ unto them in the morning, and looked¬ upon them, and, behold, they [were] sad.¬ 7 And he asked¬ Pharaoh's officers that [were] with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying,¬ Wherefore look ye [so] sadly to day? 8 And they said¬ unto him, We have dreamed¬ a dream, and [there is] no interpreter¬ of it. And Joseph said¬ unto them, [Do] not interpretations [belong] to God? tell me¬ [them], I pray you. 9 And 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: and it [was] as though it budded,¬ [and] her blossoms shot forth;¬ and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe¬ grapes: 11 And Pharaoh's cup [was] in my hand: and I took¬ the grapes, and pressed¬ them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave¬ the cup into Pharaoh's hand. 12 And Joseph said¬ unto him, This [is] the interpretation of it: The three branches [are] three days: 13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up¬ thine head, and restore¬ thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver¬ Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.¬ 14 But think¬ on me when it shall be well¬ with thee, and shew¬ kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention¬ of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me¬ out of this house: 15 For indeed I was stolen away¬ out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done¬ nothing that they should put¬ me into the dungeon. 16 When the chief baker¬ saw¬ that the interpretation¬ was good, he said¬ unto Joseph, I also [was] in my dream, and, behold, [I had] three white baskets on my head: 17 And in the uppermost basket [there was] of all manner of bakemeats¬ for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat¬ them out of the basket upon my head. 18 And Joseph answered¬ and said,¬ This [is] the interpretation thereof: The three baskets [are] three days: 19 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up¬ thy head from off thee, and shall hang¬ thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat¬ thy flesh from off thee.

[5] Gn 12:1; 20:3; 37:5; 40:8; 41:1, 11; Nu 12:6; Jg 7:13; Es 6:1; Jb 33:15; Dn 2:1; 4:5, 9, 19; 7:1.
[6] Gn 40:8; 41:8; Dn 2:1; 4:5; 5:6; 7:28; 8:27.
[7] Jg 18:24; 1S 1:8; 2S 13:4; Ne 2:2; Lk 24:17.
[8] Gn 41:15; Jb 33:15; Ps 25:14; Is 8:19; Dn 2:11, 28, 47; 4:8; 5:11; Am 3:7; 1Co 12:10.
[9] Gn 37:5; Jg 7:13; Dn 2:31; 4:8, 10.
[11] Gn 40:21; 49:11; Lv 10:9; 1K 10:5; 2Ch 9:4; Ne 1:11; 2:1; Pv 3:10.
[12] Gn 40:18; 41:12, 25, 26; Jg 7:14; Dn 2:36; 4:19; Mt 26:26; 1Co 10:4; Ga 4:25.
[13] Gn 7:4; 40:19, 20; 2K 25:27; Ps 3:3; Jr 52:31.
[14] Jsh 2:12; 1S 20:14; 25:31; 2S 9:1; 1K 2:7; Lk 23:42; 1Co 7:21.
[15] Gn 14:13; 37:28; 39:8, 20; 41:12; Ex 21:16; Dt 24:7; 1S 24:11; Ps 59:3; Dn 6:22; Jn 10:32; 15:25; Ac 24:12; 25:10; 1Ti 1:10; 1P 3:17.
[16] Gn 40:1.
[17] Gn 49:20; 1Ch 12:20.
[18] Gn 40:12; 41:26; 1Co 10:4; 11:24.
[19] Gn 40:13, 17, 22; 41:13; Dt 21:22; Jsh 8:29; 10:26; 1S 17:44, 46; 2S 21:6, 10; Pv 30:17; Ezk 39:4; Ac 20:27; Ga 3:13.

They come to pass according to his interpretation.

20 ¶ And it came to pass the third day, [which was] Pharaoh's birthday,¬ that he made¬ a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up¬ the head of the chief butler¬ and of the chief baker¬ among his servants. 21 And he restored¬ the chief butler¬ unto his butlership again;¬ and he gave¬ the cup into Pharaoh's hand: 22 But he hanged¬ the chief baker:¬ as Joseph had interpreted¬ to them.

[20] Gn 21:8; 40:13, 19; 2K 25:27; Es 1:3; Jb 3:1; Mt 14:6; 18:23; 25:19; Mk 6:21; Lk 16:1.
[21] Gn 40:13; Ne 2:1.
[22] Gn 40:8, 19; 41:11, 16; Jr 23:28; Dn 2:19, 30; 5:12; Ac 5:30.

The ingratitude of the butler.

23 Yet did not the chief butler¬ remember¬ Joseph, but forgat¬ him.

[23] Jb 19:14; Ps 31:12; 105:19; Ec 9:15; Am 6:6.


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