40 1NOW SOME time later the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their lord, Egypt’s king. 2And Pharaoh was angry with his officers, the chief of the butlers and the chief of the bakers. 3He put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined. 4And the captain of the guard put them in Joseph’s charge, and he served them; and they continued in custody for some time. 5And they both dreamed a dream in the same night, each man according to [the personal significance of] the interpretation of his dream--the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison. 6When Joseph came to them in the morning and looked at them, he saw that they were sad and depressed. 7So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were in custody with him in his master’s house, Why do you look so dejected and sad today? 8And they said to him, We have dreamed dreams, and there is no one to interpret them. And Joseph said to them, Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me [your dreams], I pray you. 9And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph and said to him, In my dream I saw a vine before me, 10And on the vine were three branches. Then it was as though it budded; its blossoms burst forth and the clusters of them brought forth ripe grapes [almost all at once]. 11And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup; then I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand. 12And Joseph said to him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days. 13Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will again put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, as when you were his butler. 14But think of me when it shall be well with you and show kindness, I beg of you, to me, and mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house. 15For truly I was carried away from the land of the Hebrews by unlawful force, and here too I have done nothing for which they should put me into the dungeon. 16When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, I also dreamed, and behold, I had three cake baskets on my head. 17And in the uppermost basket were some of all kinds of baked food for Pharaoh, but the birds [of prey] were eating out of the basket on my head. 18And Joseph answered, This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days. 19Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head but will have you beheaded and hung on a tree, and [you will not so much as be given burial, but] the birds will eat your flesh. 20And on the third day, Pharaoh’s birthday, he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the heads of the chief butler and the chief baker [by inviting them also] among his servants. 21And he restored the chief butler to his butlership, and the butler gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand; 22But [Pharaoh] hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23But [even after all that] the chief butler gave no thought to Joseph, but forgot [all about] him.
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