Rotherham's Emphasized Bible

Genesis 40

The butler and baker of Pharaoh in prison.

Genesis 40:1 And it came to pass, after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt, and the baker, had sinned against their lord, the king of Egypt. Genesis 40:2 Then fell the wroth of Pharaoh upon his two courtiers,—upon the chief of the butlers, and upon the chief of the bakers; Genesis 40:3 so he delivered them up into the ward of the house of the chief of the royal executioners, into the prison,—the place where, Joseph, was imprisoned.

Joseph hath charge of them.

Genesis 40:4 And the chief of the royal executioners charged Joseph with them, and he waited upon them,—and they were some days in ward.

He interpreteth their dreams.

Genesis 40:5 And they dreamed a dream—they two, each man, his dream, in one night, each man, according to the interpretation of his dream,—the butler and the baker, who belonged to the king of Egypt, who were imprisoned in the prison. Genesis 40:6 And Joseph came in unto them, in the morning,—and looked at them, and lo! they were sad. Genesis 40:7 So he asked Pharaoh's courtiers, who were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying,—Why are your faces troubled today! Genesis 40:8 And they said unto him, A dream, have we dreamed, but there is none, to interpret, it. Then said Joseph unto them—Is it not, unto God, that interpretations belong? Relate it, I pray you, to me. Genesis 40:9 And the chief of the butlers related, his dream to Joseph,—and said to him, In my dream, then lo! a vine, before me; Genesis 40:10 and, in the vine, three shoots,—and, the same, at sprouting time, had shot up her blossom, and her clusters had brought to perfection ripe grapes. Genesis 40:11 Now, the cup of Pharaoh, being in my hand, I took the ripe grapes, and pressed them out into the cup of Pharaoh, and set the cup upon Pharaoh's palm. Genesis 40:12 And Joseph said to him, This, is the interpretation thereof,—The three shoots, are, three days: Genesis 40:13 In three days more, will Pharaoh lift up thy head, and restore thee to thine office, and thou shalt set the cup of Pharaoh in his hand, according to the former custom, when thou wast his butler. Genesis 40:14 But, if thou remember how I was with thee, when it shall go well with thee, then wilt thou, I pray thee, do me a lovingkindness,—and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me forth out of this house; Genesis 40:15 For I was, stolen, out of the land of the Hebrews,—and, even here, had I done nothing, that they should have put me in the dungeon. Genesis 40:16 Then the chief of the bakers, seeing that he had well interpreted, said unto Joseph, I too, was in my dream, when lo! three wicker baskets of fine bread, were on my head; Genesis 40:17 and, in the uppermost basket, was some of every kind of food for Pharaoh, that a baker could make,—but, the birds, kept eating them out of the basket from off my head. Genesis 40:18 And Joseph responded, and said, This, is the interpretation thereof,—The three baskets, are, three days: Genesis 40:19 In three days more, will Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and hang thee upon a tree,—and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.

They come to pass according to his interpretation.

Genesis 40:20 And it came to pass, on the third day—the birthday of Pharaoh, that he made a banquet for all his servants,—and uplifted the head of the chief of the butlers, and the head of the chief of the bakers, in the midst of his servants; Genesis 40:21 and restored the chief of the butlers to his butlership,—so that he set the cup upon the palm of Pharaoh; Genesis 40:22 but, the chief of the bakers, he hanged,—as, Joseph, had interpreted unto them.

The ingratitude of the butler.

Genesis 40:23 Yet the chief of the butlers made no mention of Joseph, but did forget him.

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