Genesis 40:1-23

40  And after these events the king of Egypt’s cupbearer and baker misconducted themselves toward their sovereign the king of Egypt; 2  and the Pharaoh was incensed at his two eunuchs, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3  and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, the roundhouse, the place where Joseph was imprisoned. 4  And the captain of the guard put Joseph in charge of them, and he waited on them. And they were in custody for some time; 5  and they each had a dream, both in one night, each a dream with special meaning, the cupbearer and baker of the king of Egypt who were imprisoned in the roundhouse. 6  And in the morning Joseph went in where they were and saw they were annoyed; 7  and he asked the Pharaoh’s eunuchs who were in custody in his master’s house “How comes it that you are downcast today?” 8  And they said to him “We have had a dream and there is nobody to interpret it.” And Joseph said to them “Interpretations are God’s affair—tell me about it.” 9  And the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream: “In my dream I found myself with a grapevine before me, 10  and on the vine three canes; and it seemed to be sprouting, sprang into bloom, its clusters ripened grapes, 11  and I had the Pharaoh’s cup in my hand and I took the grapes and squeezed them into the Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in the Pharaoh’s hand.” 12  And Joseph said to him “This is the interpretation of it: 13 * the three canes mean three days; in three days more the Pharaoh will take you out and reinstate you, and you will hand the Pharaoh’s cup to him in accordance with your former function as cupbearer. 14  But just remember me in thought when you are well off, and befriend me, and mention me to the Pharaoh and have him take me out of this house; 15  for I was simply stolen out of the Hebrew country, and I have not done anything here either that they should have put me in the dungeon.” 16 * And the chief baker saw that he had given a favorable interpretation, and said to Joseph “In my dream too I found myself with three baskets of white bread on my head, 17  and in the topmost basket pastry of all kinds for the Pharaoh’s eating, and the birds were eating them out of the basket, off my head.” 18  And Joseph said “This is the interpretation of it: the three baskets mean three days: 19 * in three days more the Pharaoh will take you out and hang you on a stake and the birds will eat your flesh off you.” 20  And on the third day came the Pharaoh’s birthday, and he made a banquet for all his officers; and he took the chief cupbearer and the chief baker out among his officers 21  and reinstated the chief cupbearer as cupbearer, and he handed the cup to the Pharaoh, 22  but the chief baker he hanged—as Joseph had given them the interpretation. 23  But the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.


40:13 Lit. will lift your head and
40:16 (of white bread) Unc.
40:19 Lit. will lift your head and Var. will lift your head off you and