70: The Two Dreams

70: The Two Dreams

Some time later,
it happened that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker offended their Lord Pharaoh,
 the king of Egypt.
 In his anger, Pharaoh put them into the house of the captain of the guard,
into the prison where Joseph was held.
The captain of the guard turned them over to Joseph and he looked after them.
 They stayed in prison for some time.
Now one night, both the butler and the baker of the King of Egypt dreamed a dream,
each of them a different dream.

 When Joseph came to them in the morning and looked upon
them, he saw that they were sad, he said to the men: "Why do you look so sad today?"
"We have dreamed a dream," they said to him, "and there is no one to interpret it for us."
"Interpretations come from God,"
Joseph said to them. "Tell me your dreams."
So the chief butler told his dream to Joseph.
"In my dream" he said, "a vine was before me, and on the vine were three branches.
 It seemed as though it budded and the blossoms shot forth and the clusters grew into ripe grapes. Pharaoh's cup was in my hand. So I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup,
and I placed the cup into the hand of Pharaoh."

Joseph said to him: "This is the interpretation of your dream:
The three branches are three days.
Within three days Pharaoh will lift your head, he will restore you to your place,
and you will place Pharaoh's cup into his hand, as you used to do when you were his butler.
"Only think of me and it shall be well with you, and be kind to me, I beg of you, and mention me to
Pharaoh, and get me out of this place.
For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews,
and I have done nothing here to deserve this dungeon."


When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph:
"I also had a dream and, behold, I had three baskets of white bread on my head.
 In the uppermost basket there were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh,
and the birds ate them out of the basket upon my head."

Joseph answered him and said: "This' is the interpretation of your dream:
 The three baskets are three days.
 Within three days Pharaoh will call you and hang you on a tree,
 and the birds will eat your flesh."

On the third day, which was his birthday, Pharaoh made a feast for all the servants.
He called for the butler and the chief baker among his servants.
 Then he returned the chief butler to the butlership again, and the butler gave the cup to Pharaoh;
 But Pharaoh hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had said.

Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph but forgot him.


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