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Genesis Chapter 40
The Prisoners' Dream
Words that are highlighted have the meanings of that word below.

     In time the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt offended the king of Egypt.  Pharaoh was angry with his chief butler and baker.  So he had them put in custody in the prison, where Joseph was confined.  The captain of the guard put Joseph in charge of them, and he served them.  

    Then the butler and the baker who were in prison with Joseph  had dreams.  Both of them had a dream the same night and each man's dream had its own interpretation.  When Joseph saw them in the morning he saw how sad they looked.  So Joseph asked why they were so sad.  They told Joseph that they each had a dream,  and there was no one to interpreter  it.  So Joseph told them that interpretations belong to God. Then Joseph asked them what their dreams were.

    Then the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and told him that in his dream  a vine was before him, and in the vine were three branches.  It was as though it budded and blossomed, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes.  Then Pharaoh's cup was in his hand and he took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand.

Joseph Interprets the Dreams

The Butler's dream

        Joseph told  him what the dream meant.  The three branches represented three days and within three days the Pharaoh would restore him to his place as the Pharaoh's butler, and put Pharaoh's cup in his hand as he did before. 
        But Joseph asked him to remember him  when he got out and tell the Pharaoh about him, and get him out of this house.  For Joseph had been taken away from the land of the Hebrews, and had  done nothing  wrong that they should put him into the dungeon for.

        When the chief baker saw that Joseph could make a good interpretation of the butlers dream, he asked Joseph, if he could tell him what his dream meant. 
        In his dream there were three white baskets on his head.  In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for the Pharaoh, and the birds were eating them out of the basket on his head.

The Baker's dream

        So Joseph told him what his dream meant.  It meant that the three baskets represented three days.  Within three days Pharaoh would lift off his head and hang him on a tree.  The birds would eat his flesh.

        Now it happened that on the third day there was a feast for all the Pharaoh's servants because it was the Pharaoh's birthday.  The Pharaoh brought the chief butler and the chief baker among his servants.  Then he restored the chief butler as his butler again, and  placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand.  But as Joseph had interpreted, the chief baker was hanged.  But the chief butler forgot about Joseph.

offended-----------To hurt, annoy, or insult someone.

custody------------To be in the care of someone who watches you.

confined-----------To keep in a certain area.  To keep in a prison or locked up in a area.

interpretation-----To explain the meaning of something.

interpreter---------Someone who explains the meaning of something.

clusters-------------A  group of something or a bunch.

dungeon------------An underground prison.


Joseph had been put in prison for something he hadn't done.  While in prison, the King of Egypt and the Pharaoh had hthe chief butler and baker also thrown in prison with Joseph.  The buttler and the baker each had dreams that they didn't know the meaning of.  When Joseph questioned them, he told them what their dreams meant.  These dreams came true.  Joseph had told them , "Do not interpretations belong to God?"

We learn from this story that God can interpret dreams.  He knows everything.  God used Joseph to interpret the buttler and bakers dream.  God  had a plan, which included Joseph.  God often makes use of situations in our lives for a reason.  Read the next lesson to find out how God used Joseph. 

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