Genesis 40:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 40:13, NIV: Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh's cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer.

Genesis 40:13, ESV: In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office, and you shall place Pharaoh’s cup in his hand as formerly, when you were his cupbearer.

Genesis 40:13, KJV: Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.

Genesis 40:13, NASB: within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office; and you will put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand as in your former practice when you were his cupbearer.

Genesis 40:13, NLT: Within three days Pharaoh will lift you up and restore you to your position as his chief cup-bearer.

Genesis 40:13, CSB: In just three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position. You will put Pharaoh's cup in his hand the way you used to when you were his cupbearer.

What does Genesis 40:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph is interpreting the cupbearer's dream (Genesis 40:9–11). This man was imprisoned, along with the Egyptian king's former baker, for an unnamed crime (Genesis 40:1–3). A disturbingly vivid dream (Genesis 40:5–6) led Joseph, also jailed (Genesis 39:11–15) to offer insight into God's interpretation of the dream (Genesis 40:7–8). The cupbearer's dream depicted a three-branched vine rapidly growing grapes, which the cupbearer then pressed and gave to Pharaoh (Genesis 40:9–11).

According to Joseph, three branches in the dream represent three days (Genesis 40:12). That's how many days will pass before Pharaoh releases the cupbearer from prison and gives him his job back. Symbolically, to "lift someone's head" is to encourage or validate them. The imagery is of a person with their face down, raising their head into a more confident posture (Psalm 3:3). Pharaoh will "lift up the cupbearer's head," now hanging in shame, and restore him to his former position.

This is good news for the cupbearer—and possibly for Joseph, as well. Knowing the man will be released, and that the cupbearer is familiar with Joseph's situation, there is hope. Perhaps the soon-to-be-released man will speak well of Joseph and ask Pharaoh to free him (Genesis 40:14–15).