Amplified Bible

Genesis 40

Joseph Interprets a Dream

1Now some time later, the cupbearer (butler) and the baker for the king of Egypt offended their lord, Egypt’s king. Pharaoh ([a]Sesostris II) was extremely angry with his two officials, the chief of the cupbearers and the chief of the bakers. He put them in confinement in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. The captain of the guard put Joseph in charge of them, and he served them; and they continued to be in custody for some time. Then the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, both dreamed a dream in the same night, each man with his [own significant] dream and each dream with its [personal] interpretation. When Joseph came to them in the morning and looked at them, [he saw that] they were sad and depressed. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in confinement with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so down-hearted today?” And they said to him, “We have [each] dreamed [distinct] dreams and there is no one to interpret them.” So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell me [your dreams].”

So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “In my dream there was a grapevine in front of me; 10 and on the vine were three branches. Then as soon as it budded, its blossoms burst open, and its clusters produced ripe grapes [in rapid succession]. 11 Now Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup; then I placed the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.” 12 Then Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: the three branches represent three days; 13 within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head (present you in public) and restore you to your position; and you will [again] put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand just as [you did] when you were his cupbearer. 14 Only think of me when it goes well with you, and please show me kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house. 15 For in fact I was [b]taken (stolen) from the land of the Hebrews by [unlawful] force, and even here I have done nothing for which they should put me in the dungeon.”

16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation [of the dream] was good, he said to Joseph, “I also dreamed, and [in my dream] there were three cake baskets on my head; 17 and in the top basket there were some of all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, but the birds [of prey] were eating [these foods] out of the basket on my head.” 18 Joseph answered, “This is the interpretation of it: the three baskets represent three days; 19 within three more days Pharaoh will [c]lift up your head and will hang you on a tree (gallows, pole), and [you will not so much as be given a burial, but] the birds will eat your flesh.”

20 Now on the third day, [which was] the Pharaoh’s birthday, he [released the two men from prison and] made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker [that is, presented them in public] among his servants. 21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his office, and the cupbearer [once again] put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand; 22 but Pharaoh hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had interpreted [the meaning of the dreams] to them. 23 Yet [even after all that] the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot [all about] him.

Notas al pie

  1. Genesis 40:2 Also called Senusret II, 1894-1878 b.c.
  2. Genesis 40:15 The word here is much less personal than “kidnap.” Joseph was considered a “thing”—not a person.
  3. Genesis 40:19 Notice the totally different usage of the words “lift up your head.” In v 13, it is used idiomatically as “present you in public,” but in v 19, it is used literally, “lift your head up off of your body.”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 40

约瑟解梦

1后来,埃及王的侍酒总管和膳食总管得罪了王, 王非常愤怒, 把他们囚禁在护卫长波提乏府内的监牢里,也就是约瑟被囚的地方。 护卫长派约瑟去伺候他们。他们在监里待了一段日子。

一天晚上,他们俩都做了梦,他们的梦各有不同的意思。 第二天早上,约瑟过来见他们神情沮丧, 就问:“你们今天为什么满面愁容?” 他们回答说:“我们都做了梦,可是没有人给我们解梦。”约瑟说:“解梦的能力不是来自上帝吗?请你们把梦告诉我。”

侍酒总管便把自己的梦告诉约瑟,说:“我梦见一棵葡萄树, 10 树上有三根枝子,枝子发芽开花,结满了成熟的葡萄。 11 我手上拿着法老的酒杯,摘下葡萄,把汁挤在酒杯中,然后递给法老。” 12 约瑟说:“这梦的意思是,三根枝子代表三天, 13 三天之内,法老必定释放你,恢复你侍酒总管的职位。你仍要和从前一样伺候法老饮酒。 14 当你再被重用的时候,请你记得恩待我,在法老面前提及我,救我出狱。 15 我是从希伯来人那里被拐来的,无辜被囚在监。”

16 膳食总管见梦解得好,就对约瑟说:“我也做了个梦,我梦见自己头上顶着三筐白饼, 17 最上面的一筐里放着为法老烤制的各种食物,有鸟来吃筐内的食物。” 18 约瑟说:“这梦的意思是,三筐就是三天, 19 三天之内,法老必砍下你的头,把你挂在木头上,鸟要来吃你的肉。”

20 第三天是法老的生日,他宴请文武百官,把侍酒总管和膳食总管从监牢里提出来, 21 恢复了侍酒总管的职位,让他仍旧伺候自己饮酒, 22 却处死了膳食总管,正应验了约瑟的话。 23 然而,法老的侍酒总管把约瑟忘了。