Genesis 40:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 40:11, NIV: "Pharaoh's cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh's cup and put the cup in his hand.'"

Genesis 40:11, ESV: "Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup and placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.”"

Genesis 40:11, KJV: "And 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."

Genesis 40:11, NASB: "Now Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand; so I took the grapes and squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.'"

Genesis 40:11, NLT: "I was holding Pharaoh's wine cup in my hand, so I took a cluster of grapes and squeezed the juice into the cup. Then I placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand.'"

Genesis 40:11, CSB: "Pharaoh's cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh's cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand.""

What does Genesis 40:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A man who was cupbearer to Egypt's ruler has been imprisoned for an unexplained crime (Genesis 40:1–3). Also in this prison is Joseph (Genesis 39:11–15; 40:4), though his charge is false. Both the cupbearer and another prisoner have experienced vivid, impactful dreams on the same night. In distress, they speak to Joseph. He promises that he can pass along God's interpretation of the dreams (Genesis 40:5–8).

The cupbearer's dream included a vine with three branches rapidly growing until it produced ripe grapes (Genesis 40:9–10). The man saw himself pressing the grapes—squeezing out their juice—into Pharaoh's cup and placing the cup in Pharaoh's hand. In whole, the dream sounds very much like what the cupbearer may have done in his former position with the king. As it turns out, this former role is also his future destiny (Genesis 40:12–13).