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katapi HOME Genesis 40:1-23 - JOSEPH interprets the prisoners' dreams.  Gn.40.1-23

40 1 It happened later that the king's butler and his baker offended their master the king of Egypt. 40 2 Pharaoh was angry with these two eunuchs, the chief butler and the chief baker, 40 3 and he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the Round Tower where Joseph was imprisoned. 40 4 The captain of the guard appointed Joseph as their attendant, and he waited on them. 40 5 One night, when they had been in prison for some time, they both had dreams, each needing its own interpretation—the king of Egypt's butler and his baker who were imprisoned in the Round Tower. 40 6 When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they looked dejected. 40 7 So he asked these eunuchs, who were in custody with him in his master's house, why they were so downcast that day. 40 8 They replied, 'We have each had a dream and there is no one to interpret it for us.' Joseph said to them, 'Does not interpretation belong to God? Tell me your dreams.'

40 9 So the chief butler told Joseph his dream: 'In my dream', he said, 'there was a vine in front of me. 40 10 On the vine there were three branches, and as soon as it budded, it blossomed and its clusters ripened into grapes. 40 11 Now I had Pharaoh's cup in my hand, and I plucked the grapes, crushed them into Pharaoh's cup and put the cup into Pharaoh's hand.' 40 12 Joseph said to him, 'This is the interpretation. The three branches are three days: 40 13 within three days Pharaoh will raise you and restore you to your post, and then you will put the cup into Pharaoh's hand as you used to do when you were his butler. 40 14 But when things go well with you, if you think of me, keep faith with me and bring my case to Pharaoh's notice and help me to get out of this house. 40 15 By force I was carried off Or stolen from the land of the Hebrews, and I have done nothing here to deserve being put in this dungeon.'

40 16 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favourable interpretation, he said to him, 'I too had a dream, and in my dream there were three baskets of white bread on my head. 40 17 In the top basket there was every kind of food which the baker prepares for Pharaoh, and the birds were eating out of the top basket on my head.' 40 18 Joseph answered, 'This is the interpretation. The three baskets are three days: 40 19 within three days Pharaoh will raise you and hang you up on a tree, and the birds of the air will eat your flesh.'

40 20 The third day was Pharaoh's birthday and he gave a feast for all his servants. He raised the chief butler and the chief baker in the presence of his court. 40 21 He restored the chief butler to his post, and the butler put the cup into Pharaoh's hand; 40 22 but he hanged the chief baker. All went as Joseph had said in interpreting the dreams for them. 40 23 Even so the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.


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