Old Testament

Genesis 40
Joseph Interprets Dreams
401Sometime after this, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt committed an offense against their lord, the king of Egypt. 2Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker. 3He put them under custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined. 4The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he was responsible for them. They stayed in prison for some time.[] 5While they were confined in the prison, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt each had a dream. Each man had his own dream during the same night. Each man's dream had its own meaning. 6Joseph came to them in the morning, looked at them, and saw that they were troubled. 7He asked Pharaoh's officers who were in custody with him in his master's house, “Why do you look so troubled today?”
8They said to him, “We each had a dream, but there is no one who can interpret it.”
Joseph said to them, “Interpretations belong to God, don't they? Please tell me the dreams.”
9The chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. “In my dream, there was a vine in front of me, 10and the vine had three branches. As I watched, it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters produced ripe grapes. 11I had Pharaoh's cup in my hand. I took the grapes, pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and handed the cup to Pharaoh.”
12Joseph said to him, “This is its interpretation: The three branches are three days. 13Within three days, Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office. You will place Pharaoh's cup into his hand, the way you used to do when you were his cupbearer. 14But remember me when everything is going well for you. Please show kindness to me, and mention me to Pharaoh, and bring me out of this jail, 15because I was kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and I also have done nothing here to deserve to be put into the dungeon.”
16When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favorable, he said to Joseph, “I also had a dream. I saw three baskets of white bread on my head. 17In the top basket there were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds ate them out of the basket on my head.”
18Joseph answered, “This is its interpretation: The three baskets are three days. 19Within three days, Pharaoh will lift up your head from upon you and will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh off of you.”
20And so it was that on the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, Pharaoh had a feast prepared for all his officials, and he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his officials. 21He restored the chief cupbearer to his position again, and he again placed the cup into Pharaoh's hand. 22But he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had explained to them. 23Nevertheless, the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.


  • 40:4 In Hebrew the expression for many days may cover months or even years.