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  • 1.Mose 40

Joseph Interprets Two Prisoners Dreams

401Some time after this, the ecupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker committed an offense against their lord the king of Egypt.

Neh. 1:11

2And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker,

3fand he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined.


4The captain of the guard appointed Joseph to be with them, and he attended them. They continued for some time in custody.

5And one night they both dreamedthe cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prisoneach his own dream, and each dream with its own interpretation.

6When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they were troubled.

7So he asked Pharaohs officers who were with him in custody in his masters house, g“Why are your faces downcast today?”

[Neh. 2:2]

8They said to him, h“We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them.” And Joseph said to them, i“Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.”

41:16; Dan. 2:28, 47


9So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph and said to him, “In my dream there was a vine before me,

10and on the vine there were three branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters ripened into grapes.

11Pharaohs cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaohs cup and placed the cup in Pharaohs hand.”

12Then Joseph said to him, j“This is its interpretation: kthe three branches are three days.


18; 41:12; [Dan. 2:36]

13In three days Pharaoh will llift up your head and restore you to your office, and you shall place Pharaohs cup in his hand as formerly, when you were his cupbearer.

2 Kgs. 25:27; Jer. 52:31; [19, 22; Ps. 3:3]

14Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house.

15For mI was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and nhere also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.”



16When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favorable, he said to Joseph, “I also had a dream: there were three cake baskets on my head,

17and in the uppermost basket there were all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating it out of the basket on my head.”

18And Joseph answered and said, o“This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days.

See 12

19pIn three days Pharaoh will lift up your headfrom you!and qhang you on a tree. And the birds will eat the flesh from you.”



20On the third day, which was Pharaohs rbirthday, he made a feast for all his servants and slifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants.

13, 19

Matt. 14:6; Mark 6:21

21tHe restored the chief cupbearer to his position, and uhe placed the cup in Pharaohs hand.

Neh. 2:1


22But he vhanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.


23Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.