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Genesis 40:1-23

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.

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Génesis 40:1-23

O copeiro e o padeiro

1-2Passado algum tempo aconteceu que o rei do Egito teve de castigar o seu padeiro-chefe, assim como o copeiro-chefe; furioso 3meteu-os ambos na mesma prisão em que estava José, na fortaleza da guarda de Potifar, seu chefe militar. 4Ali ficaram por bastante tempo e o carcereiro pô-los sob a vigilância de José.

5Certa noite cada um deles teve um sonho. 6Na manhã seguinte José reparou que estavam perturbados com alguma coisa e perguntou-lhes: 7“O que é que se passa com vocês?”

8“É que tivemos, cada um de nós, um sonho e não há aqui ninguém que nos explique o seu significado.” José respondeu: “Bem, isso de interpretar sonhos é com Deus; mas contem-me lá o que sonharam.”

9O copeiro-chefe foi o primeiro a contar: “Eu sonhei com uma vinha 10que tinha três ramos com rebentos e que florescia; e logo apareceram cachos maduros. 11Como tinha na mão a taça do Faraó, peguei nos cachos, espremi-os e dei-lhe a beber.”

12“Eu sei o significado do teu sonho”, disse José. “Os três ramos são três dias. 13Dentro de três dias o Faraó vai tirar-te da prisão e colocar-te de novo na função de copeiro que tinhas antes. 14Peço-te que te lembres de mim quando isso acontecer e retomares os favores do rei. Fala-lhe de mim para que me tire daqui; 15porque fui roubado da minha terra, dos hebreus, e estou preso sem nada ter feito para o merecer.”

16Quando o padeiro-chefe viu que o sonho do colega tinha uma explicação tão favorável, quis também contar o seu. “Quanto a mim, no meu sonho, tinha três cestos à cabeça. 17No cesto de cima havia toda a espécie de doçarias e de bolos ao gosto do Faraó; mas as aves vieram e comeram tudo.”

18“Esses três cestos também são três dias”, disse-lhe José. 19“Daqui a três dias mandará cortar-te a cabeça, pendurar o corpo num poste e as aves virão comer-te a carne.”

20Três dias depois o Faraó festejou o seu aniversário e convidou para um banquete toda a gente da sua corte. Mandou chamar o copeiro-chefe, assim como o padeiro-chefe, e foram buscá-los à prisão. 21Ao primeiro repô-lo no seu cargo anterior; 22mas ao segundo mandou enforcá-lo, tal como José tinha previsto.

23No entanto, o copeiro-chefe do Faraó depressa esqueceu o que se passara entre ele e José.