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to your position as his chief cup-bearer.
14And please remember me and do me a
favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh, so he might let me
out of this place. 15For I was kidnapped
from my homeland, the land of the Hebrews, and now I’m here in prison, but I
did nothing to deserve it.”
16 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given the first dream such a
positive interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I had a dream, too. In my dream
there were three baskets of white pastries stacked on my head. 17The top basket contained all kinds of pastries for
Pharaoh, but the birds came and ate
them from the basket on my head.”
18 “This is what the dream means,”
Joseph told him. “The three baskets
also represent three days. 19Three days
from now Pharaoh will lift you up and
impale your body on a pole. Then birds
will come and peck away at your flesh.”
20 Pharaoh’s birthday came three days
later, and he prepared a banquet for all
his officials and staff. He summoned*
his chief cup-bearer and chief baker to
join the other officials. 21He then restored the chief cup-bearer to his former position, so he could again hand
Pharaoh his cup. 22But Pharaoh impaled
the chief baker, just as Joseph had predicted when he interpreted his dream.
23 Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however,
forgot all about Joseph, never giving him
41:1Two full years later, Pharaoh dreamed
that he was standing on the bank of the
Nile River. 2In his dream he saw seven fat,
healthy cows come up out of the river
and begin grazing in the marsh grass.
3Then he saw seven more cows come up
behind them from the Nile, but these
were scrawny and thin. These cows
stood beside the fat cows on the riverbank. 4Then the scrawny, thin cows ate
the seven healthy, fat cows! At this point
in the dream, Pharaoh woke up.
5 But he fell asleep again and had a
second dream. This time he saw seven
heads of grain, plump and beautiful,
growing on a single stalk. 6Then seven
more heads of grain appeared, but
these were shriveled and withered by
the east wind. 7And these thin heads
swallowed up the seven plump, wellformed heads! Then Pharaoh woke up
again and realized it was a dream.
8 The next morning Pharaoh was very
disturbed by the dreams. So he called
for all the magicians and wise men of
Egypt. When Pharaoh told them his
dreams, not one of them could tell him
what they meant.
9 Finally, the king’s chief cup-bearer
spoke up. “Today I have been reminded
of my failure,” he told Pharaoh. 10“Some
time ago, you were angry with the chief
baker and me, and you imprisoned us in
the palace of the captain of the guard.
11 One night the chief baker and I each
had a dream, and each dream had its
own meaning. 12There was a young Hebrew man with us in the prison who was
a slave of the captain of the guard. We
told him our dreams, and he told us
what each of our dreams meant. 13And
everything happened just as he had predicted. I was restored to my position as
cup-bearer, and the chief baker was executed and impaled on a pole.”
14Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and
he was quickly brought from the prison.
After he shaved and changed his clothes,
he went in and stood before Pharaoh.
15Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a
dream last night, and no one here can
tell me what it means. But I have heard
that when you hear about a dream you
can interpret it.”
16 “It is beyond my power to do this,”
Joseph replied. “But God can tell you
what it means and set you at ease.”
40:20 Hebrew He lifted up the head of.
M AT T H E W 1 2 : 4 6 – 1 3 : 2 3
As Jesus was speaking to the crowd, his
mother and brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. 47 Someone told
Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers
are standing outside, and they want to
speak to you.”*
48 Jesus asked, “Who is my mother?