Genesis 40:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 40:12, NIV: This is what it means,' Joseph said to him. 'The three branches are three days.

Genesis 40:12, ESV: Then Joseph said to him, “This is its interpretation: the three branches are three days.

Genesis 40:12, KJV: And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days:

Genesis 40:12, NASB: Then Joseph said to him, 'This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days;

Genesis 40:12, NLT: 'This is what the dream means,' Joseph said. 'The three branches represent three days.

Genesis 40:12, CSB: "This is its interpretation," Joseph said to him. "The three branches are three days.

What does Genesis 40:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph is falsely imprisoned (Genesis 39:11–15), but his integrity and skill have not gone unnoticed (Genesis 39:21–23). While languishing in jail, two other prisoners arrived: the cupbearer and baker of Egypt's ruler, the Pharaoh (Genesis 40:1–3). Given some sort of caretaker's role, Joseph noticed the men's distress the morning after they both had vivid, prophetic dreams (Genesis 40:5–6). He reassured them that God could provide an interpretation, offering to pass along God's wisdom (Genesis 40:7–8). The cupbearer's dream involved seeing a three-branched vine rapidly grow into ripened grapes. He then pressed the grapes and gave the results to Pharaoh (Genesis 40:9–11).

In Scripture, numbers seen in dreams often contain some specific significance. This will feature in dreams later in Joseph's life, as well (Genesis 41:1–8). Joseph begins to interpret the cupbearer's dream by nothing that the three branches represent three days. This will lead to a happy prediction for the jailed man (Genesis 40:13).