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Genesis 40

The butler and baker of Pharaoh in prison.

Genesis 40:1 After this, it came to pass, that two eunuchs, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, offended their lord. Genesis 40:2 And Pharao being angry with them, (now the one was chief butler, the other chief baker,) Genesis 40:3 He sent them to the prison of the commander of the soldiers, in which Joseph also was prisoner.

Joseph hath charge of them.

Genesis 40:4 But the keeper of the prison delivered them to Joseph, and he served them. Some little time passed, and they were kept in custody.

He interpreteth their dreams.

Genesis 40:5 And they both dreamed a dream the same night, according to the interpretation agreeing to themselves: Genesis 40:6 And when Joseph was come into them in the morning, and saw them sad, Genesis 40:7 He asked them, saying: Why is your countenance sadder today than usual? Genesis 40:8 They answered: We have dreamed a dream, and there is nobody to interpret it to us. And Joseph said to them: Doth not interpretation belong to God? Tell me what you have dreamed: Genesis 40:9 The chief butler first told his dream: I saw before me a vine, Genesis 40:10 On which were three branches, which by little and little sent out buds, and after the blossoms brought forth ripe grapes: Genesis 40:11 And the cup of Pharao was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into the cup which I held, and I gave the cup to Pharao. Genesis 40:12 Joseph answered: This is the interpretation of the dream: The three branches, are yet three days: Genesis 40:13 After which Pharao will remember thy service, and will restore thee to thy former place: and thou shalt present him the cup according to thy office, as before thou was wont to do. Genesis 40:14 Only remember me when it shall be well with thee, and do me this kindness: to put Pharao in mind to take me out of this prison: Genesis 40:15 For I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews, and here without any fault was cast into the dungeon. Genesis 40:16 The chief baker seeing that he had wisely interpreted the dream, said: I also dreamed a dream, That I had three baskets of meal upon my head: Genesis 40:17 And that in one basket which was uppermost, I carried all meats that are made by the art of baking, and that the birds ate out of it. Genesis 40:18 Joseph answered: This is the interpretation of the dream: The three baskets, are yet three days: Genesis 40:19 After which Pharao will take thy head from thee, and hang thee on a cross, and the birds shall tear thy flesh.

They come to pass according to his interpretation.

Genesis 40:20 The third day after this was the birthday of Pharao: and he made a great feast for his servants, and at the banquet remembered the chief butler, and the chief baker. Genesis 40:21 And he restored the one to his place, to present him the cup: Genesis 40:22 The other he hanged on a gibbet, that the truth of the interpreter might be shewn.

The ingratitude of the butler.

Genesis 40:23 But the chief butler, when things prospered with him, forgot his interpreter.

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