1Some time later, the Egyptian king’s baker and wine taster did something their master didn’t like.2So Pharaoh became angry with his two officials, the chief wine taster and the chief baker.3He put them in prison in the house of the captain of the palace guard. It was the same prison where Joseph was kept.4The captain put Joseph in charge of those men. So Joseph took care of them. Some time passed while they were in prison.5Then each of the two men had a dream. The men were the Egyptian king’s baker and wine taster. They were being held in prison. Both of them had dreams the same night. Each of their dreams had its own meaning.6Joseph came to them the next morning. He saw that they were sad.7They were Pharaoh’s officials, and they were in prison with Joseph in his master’s house. So he asked them, ‘Why do you look so sad today?’8‘We both had dreams,’ they answered. ‘But no one can tell us what they mean.’ Then Joseph said to them, ‘Only God knows what dreams mean. Tell me your dreams.’9So the chief wine taster told Joseph his dream. He said to him, ‘In my dream I saw a vine in front of me.10There were three branches on the vine. As soon as it budded, it flowered. And bunches of ripe grapes grew on it.11Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand. I took the grapes. I squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup. Then I put the cup in his hand.’12‘Here’s what your dream means,’ Joseph said to him. ‘The three branches are three days.13In three days Pharaoh will let you out of prison. He’ll give your job back to you. And you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand. That’s what you used to do when you were his wine taster.14But when everything is going well with you, remember me. Do me a favour. Speak to Pharaoh about me. Get me out of this prison.15I was taken away from the land of the Hebrews by force. Even here I haven’t done anything to be put in prison for.’16The chief baker saw that Joseph had given a positive meaning to the wine taster’s dream. So he said to Joseph, ‘I had a dream too. There were three baskets of bread on my head.17All kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh were in the top basket. But the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.’18‘Here’s what your dream means,’ Joseph said. ‘The three baskets are three days.19In three days Pharaoh will cut your head off. Then he will stick a pole through your body and set the pole up. The birds will eat your flesh.’20The third day was Pharaoh’s birthday. He had a feast prepared for all his officials. He brought the chief wine taster and the chief baker out of prison. He did it in front of his officials.21He gave the chief wine taster’s job back to him. Once again the wine taster put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.22But Pharaoh had a pole stuck through the chief baker’s body. Then he had the pole set up. Everything happened just as Joseph had told them when he explained their dreams.23But the chief wine taster didn’t remember Joseph. In fact, he forgot all about him.
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Joseph Interprets Two Prisoners’ Dreams
1Some time after this, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker committed an offense against their lord the king of Egypt. (Ne 1:11)2And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker,3and he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined. (Ge 39:20)4The captain of the guard appointed Joseph to be with them, and he attended them. They continued for some time in custody.5And one night they both dreamed—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison—each his own dream, and each dream with its own interpretation.6When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they were troubled.7So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in custody in his master’s house, “Why are your faces downcast today?” (Ne 2:2)8They said to him, “We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them.” And Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.” (Ge 41:15; Ge 41:16; Da 2:28; Da 2:47)9So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph and said to him, “In my dream there was a vine before me,10and on the vine there were three branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters ripened into grapes.11Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup and placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.”12Then Joseph said to him, “This is its interpretation: the three branches are three days. (Ge 40:18; Ge 41:12; Ge 41:26; Da 2:36)13In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office, and you shall place Pharaoh’s cup in his hand as formerly, when you were his cupbearer. (Ge 40:19; Ge 40:22; 2Ki 25:27; Ps 3:3; Jer 52:31)14Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house.15For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.” (Ge 37:28; Ge 39:20)16When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favorable, he said to Joseph, “I also had a dream: there were three cake baskets on my head,17and in the uppermost basket there were all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating it out of the basket on my head.”18And Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days. (Ge 40:12)19In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head—from you!—and hang you on a tree. And the birds will eat the flesh from you.” (Ge 40:13; Ge 40:22)20On the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, he made a feast for all his servants and lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants. (Ge 40:13; Ge 40:19; Mt 14:6; Mr 6:21)21He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand. (Ge 40:13; Ne 2:1)22But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. (Ge 40:19)23Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.