Ishmaelite merchants brought Joseph to Egypt, they sold him as a
slave to Potiphar, who was a captain of the guard in the palace of
the Pharaoh, ruler of Egypt.
Joseph was a good
youth and guided by the Lord. He served Potiphar well, so Potiphar
made him manager of his house and fields. But, when
Potiphar's wife, who
was jealous of Joseph, accused him of something he did not do,
Joseph was cast into prison. Still the Lord was with Joseph, and
the keeper of the prison favored him. He was given charge of some
of the prisoners and then of all, and under his supervision life
among the prisoners became more bearable.
In the prison at
the same time with Joseph were two servants of Pharaoh, his chief
butler and his chief baker. Joseph noticed one morning that they
seemed worried. When he asked the reason, the two men told him
that they had dreamed strange dreams which they could not
understand. They told their dreams to Joseph.
The chief butler
said, "I dreamed there was a vine before me. It had three
branches that budded, blossomed, and brought forth ripe grapes. I
pressed the grapes into Pharaoh's cup and gave it to him."
Joseph said to
him, "The three branches are three days. Within three days
Pharaoh will release you from prison and you shall give him his
cup as you did when you were his butler. When things go well with
you, remember me and speak of me to Pharaoh sot hat I may be freed
The baker had
dreamed that he was carrying three baskets of pastry for Pharaoh,
and that three birds came and ate the cakes from the top basket.
Joseph said, "The three baskets are three days. Within three
days the Pharaoh shall have you hanged on a tree and the birds
shall eat your flesh."
Three days later,
which was the Pharaoh's birthday, the king prepared a feast for
all his servants. The chief baker was hanged, but the chief butler
was restored to his former position. As soon as he was free,
however, the butler forgot all about Joseph.