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.
1And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt. 2And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. 3And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound. 4And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.
5¶ And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison. 6And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad. 7And he asked Pharaoh’s officers that were with him in the ward of his lord’s house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?40.7 look…: Heb. are your faces evil? 8And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you. 9And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; 10And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes: 11And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand. 12And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days: 13Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.40.13 lift…: or, reckon 14But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:40.14 think…: Heb. remember me with thee 15For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon. 16When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:40.16 white: or, full of holes 17And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.40.17 bakemeats…: Heb. meat of Pharaoh, the work of a baker, or, cook 18And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days: 19Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.40.19 lift…: or, reckon thee, and take thy office from thee
20¶ And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.40.20 lifted…: or, reckoned 21And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand: 22But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.