The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 40:1–23

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And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker offended their lord the king of Egypt.

While these things were going on, it happened that two eunuchs, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt, and the miller of grain, offended their lord.

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And Pharaoh was wroth against his two officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.

And Pharao was wroth with his two eunuchs, with his chief cupbearer, and with his chief baker.

And Pharaoh, being angry with them, (now the one was in charge of the cupbearers, the other of the millers of grain)

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And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.

sent them to the prison of the leader of the military, in which Joseph also was a prisoner.

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And the captain of the guard charged Joseph to be with them, and he ministered unto them; and they continued a season in ward.

And the chief keeper of the prison committed them to Joseph, and he stood by them; and they were some days in the prison.

But the keeper of the prison delivered them to Joseph, who ministered to them also. Some little time passed by, while they were held in custody.

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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, who were bound in the prison.

And they both had a dream in one night; and the vision of the dream of the chief cupbearer and chief baker, who belonged to the king of Egypt, who were in the prison, was this.

And they both saw a similar dream on one night, whose interpretations should be related to one another.

And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and saw them, and, behold, they were sad.

Joseph went in to them in the morning, and saw them, and they had been troubled.

And when Joseph had entered to them in the morning, and had seen them sad,

And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his master's house, saying: 'Wherefore look ye so sad to- day?'

And he asked the eunuchs of Pharao who were with him in the prison with his master, saying, Why is it that your countenances are sad to-day?

he consulted them, saying, “Why is your expression sadder today than usual?”

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And they said unto him: 'We have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it.' And Joseph said unto them: 'Do not interpretations belong to God? tell it me, I pray you.'

They responded, “We have seen a dream, and there is no one to interpret it for us.” And Joseph said to them, “Doesn’t interpretation belong to God? Recount for me what you have seen.”

And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him: 'In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;

The chief cupbearer explained his dream first. “I saw before me a vine,

10  and in the vine were three branches; and as it was budding, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes,

10  on which were three shoots, which grew little by little into buds, and, after the flowers, it matured into grapes.

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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.'

11  And the cup of Pharao was in my hand; and I took the bunch of grapes, and squeezed it into the cup, and gave the cup into Pharao’s hand.

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12  And Joseph said unto him: 'This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days;

12  Joseph responded: “This is the interpretation of the dream. The three shoots are the next three days,

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13  within yet three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head, and restore thee unto thine office; and thou shalt give Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.

13  after which Pharaoh will remember your service, and he will restore you to your former position. And you will give him the cup according to your office, as you were accustomed to do before.

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14  But have me in thy remembrance when it shall be well with thee, and show kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house.

14  Only remember me, when it will be well with you, and do me this mercy, to suggest to Pharaoh to lead me out of this prison.

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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.'

15  For surely I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews, and here I have done nothing, but they have cast me into this pit.

15  For I have been stolen from the land of the Hebrews, and here, innocently, I was cast into the pit.”

16  When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph: 'I also saw in my dream, and, behold, three baskets of white bread were on my head;

16  And the chief baker saw that he interpreted aright; and he said to Joseph, I also saw a dream, and methought I took up on my head three baskets of mealy food.

16  The chief miller of grain, seeing that he had wisely unraveled the dream, said: “I also saw a dream: that I had three baskets of meal above my head,

17  and in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of baked food for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.'

17  And in the upper basket there was the work of the baker of every kind which Pharao eats; and the fowls of the air ate them out of the basket that was on my head.

17  and in one basket, which was the highest, I carried all foods that are made by the art of baking, and the birds ate from it.”

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18  And Joseph answered and said: 'This is the interpretation thereof: the three baskets are three days;

18  Joseph responded: “This is the interpretation of the dream. The three baskets are the next three days,

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19  within yet 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.'

19  after which Pharaoh will carry away your head, and also suspend you from a cross, and the birds will tear your flesh.”

19  After three days Pharaoh shall have you beheaded, and then shall crucify you on a tree, and the birds of prey shall eat your flesh from off you.

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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 the head of the chief baker among his servants.

20  The third day thereafter was the birthday of Pharaoh. And making a great feast for his servants, he remembered, during the banquet, the chief cupbearer and the chief miller of grain.

21  And he restored the chief butler back unto his butlership; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand.

21  And he restored the one to his place, to present him the cup;

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

22  the other he hanged on a gallows, and thus the truth of the interpreter of dreams was proven.

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

23  And although he advanced with so much prosperity, the chief cupbearer forgot his interpreter of dreams.