The Cupbearer and the Baker
1Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. 2Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. 4The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them.
After they had been in custody for some time, 5each of the two men—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison—had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.
6When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. 7So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?”
8“We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.”
Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”
9So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, 10and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes. 11Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.”
12“This is what it means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days. 13Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. 14But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. 15I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.”
16When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I too had a dream: On my head were three baskets of bread.40:16 Or three wicker baskets 17In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”
18“This is what it means,” Joseph said. “The three baskets are three days. 19Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and impale your body on a pole. And the birds will eat away your flesh.”
20Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials: 21He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand— 22but he impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.
23The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.
Mnyweshaji Na Mwokaji
1Baada ya muda, mnyweshaji na mwokaji wa mfalme wa Misri, wakamkosea bwana wao, mfalme wa Misri. 240:2 Mit 16:14; Es 2:21Farao akawakasirikia hawa maafisa wake wawili, mnyweshaji mkuu na mwokaji mkuu, 340:3 Mwa 37:36; 39:20akawaweka chini ya ulinzi katika nyumba ya mkuu wa kikosi cha ulinzi katika gereza lile lile alimofungwa Yosefu. 440:4 Mwa 37:36; 42:17Mkuu wa kikosi cha ulinzi akawakabidhi kwa Yosefu, naye akawahudumia.
Walipokuwa wamekaa chini ya ulinzi kwa muda, 5kila mmoja wa hao wawili waliokuwa wamewekwa gerezani, yaani mnyweshaji na mwokaji wa mfalme wa Misri, waliota ndoto usiku mmoja, na kila ndoto ilikuwa na maana yake tofauti.
6Yosefu alipowajia asubuhi yake, akawaona kwamba walikuwa na huzuni. 7Ndipo Yosefu akawauliza maafisa hao wa Farao waliokuwa chini ya ulinzi pamoja naye nyumbani mwa bwana wake, akasema, “Mbona nyuso zenu zimejaa huzuni leo?”
840:8 Mwa 41:8, 15; Kum 29:29Wakamjibu, “Sisi sote tuliota ndoto, lakini hapakuwa na mtu yeyote wa kuzifasiri.”
Ndipo Yosefu akawaambia, “Je, kufasiri ndoto si kazi ya Mungu? Niambieni ndoto zenu.”
9Basi mkuu wa wanyweshaji akamweleza Yosefu ndoto yake. Akamwambia, “Katika ndoto yangu niliona mzabibu mbele yangu, 1040:10 Isa 27:6; Hos 14:7nao mzabibu ulikuwa na matawi matatu. Mara tu ulipoanza kuchipua, maua yalichanua na vishada vyake vikawa zabibu zilizoiva. 11Kikombe cha Farao kilikuwa mkononi mwangu, nikazitwaa zabibu, nikazikamua katika kikombe cha Farao, na nikaweka kikombe mkononi mwake.”
1240:12 Dan 2:36Yosefu akamwambia, “Hii ndiyo maana yake: Matawi matatu ni siku tatu. 1340:13 Yos 1:11Katika siku hizi tatu, Farao atakutoa gerezani na kukuweka tena kwenye nafasi yako, nawe utaweka kikombe cha Farao mikononi mwake, kama vile ulivyokuwa unafanya ulipokuwa mnyweshaji wake. 1440:14 1Sam 25:31; 1The 2:7Lakini wakati mambo yatakapokuwia mazuri, unikumbuke, unifanyie wema, useme mema juu yangu kwa Farao ili niondoke huku gerezani. 15Kwa maana nilichukuliwa kwa nguvu kutoka nchi ya Waebrania, na hata hapa nilipo sikufanya lolote linalostahili niwekwe gerezani.”
1640:16 Amo 8:1-2Yule mwokaji mkuu alipoona kuwa Yosefu amefasiri ikiwa na maana nzuri, akamwambia Yosefu, “Mimi pia niliota ndoto: Kichwani mwangu kulikuwepo vikapu vitatu vya mikate. 17Katika kikapu cha juu kulikuwa na aina zote za vyakula vilivyookwa kwa ajili ya Farao, lakini ndege walikuwa wakivila kutoka kwenye kikapu nilichokuwa nimebeba kichwani.”
1840:18 Mwa 40:12Yosefu akamwambia, “Hii ndiyo maana yake: Vikapu vitatu ni siku tatu. 1940:19 Kum 21:22-23; 1Sam 17:44Katika siku hizi tatu, Farao atakata kichwa chako na kukutundika juu ya mti. Nao ndege watakula nyama ya mwili wako.”
20Mnamo siku ya tatu, ilikuwa kumbukumbu ya kuzaliwa kwa Farao, naye akawaandalia maafisa wake wote karamu. Akawatoa gerezani mnyweshaji mkuu na mwokaji mkuu, akawaweka mbele ya maafisa wake: 2140:21 2Fal 25:27; Yer 52:31Ndipo akamrudisha mnyweshaji mkuu kwenye nafasi yake, ili aweke kikombe mikononi mwa Farao tena, 22lakini akamwangika yule mwokaji mkuu, sawasawa na jinsi Yosefu alivyowaambia katika tafsiri yake.
2340:23 Mhu 1:11Pamoja na hayo, mnyweshaji mkuu hakumkumbuka Yosefu, bali alimsahau.