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The Cupbearer and the Baker

40 Some time later, the cupbearerm and the bakern of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh was angryo with his two officials,p the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard,q in the same prison where Joseph was confined. The captain of the guardr assigned them to Joseph,s and he attended them.

After they had been in custodyt for some time, each of the two men—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison—had a dreamu the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.v

When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custodyw with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?”x

“We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.”y

Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God?z Tell me your dreams.”

So the chief cupbearera told Joseph his dream. He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, 10 and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed,b and its clusters ripened into grapes. 11 Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.”

12 “This is what it means,c” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days.d 13 Within three dayse Pharaoh will lift up your headf and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer.g 14 But when all goes well with you, remember meh and show me kindness;i mention me to Pharaohj and get me out of this prison. 15 I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews,k and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.”l

16 When the chief bakerm saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation,n he said to Joseph, “I too had a dream: On my head were three basketso of bread.a 17 In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”

18 “This is what it means,” Joseph said. “The three baskets are three days.p 19 Within three daysq Pharaoh will lift off your headr and impale your body on a pole.s And the birds will eat away your flesh.”t

20 Now the third dayu was Pharaoh’s birthday,v and he gave a feast for all his officials.w He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief bakerx in the presence of his officials: 21 He restored the chief cupbearery to his position,z so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s handa22 but he impaled the chief baker,b just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.c

23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.d


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