Genesis 40:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 40:14, NIV: But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.

Genesis 40:14, ESV: Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house.

Genesis 40:14, KJV: But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:

Genesis 40:14, NASB: Only keep me in mind when it goes well for you, and please do me a kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this prison.

Genesis 40:14, NLT: And please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh, so he might let me out of this place.

Genesis 40:14, CSB: But when all goes well for you, remember that I was with you. Please show kindness to me by mentioning me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this prison.

What does Genesis 40:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph has interpreted the cupbearer's dream (Genesis 40:7–11), and the outcome is a happy one. The cupbearer will be released from prison and given his old job back as Pharaoh's cupbearer in just three days (Genesis 40:12–13).

Now Joseph makes a personal plea to the cupbearer: Remember me! Specifically, Joseph asks that when the time is right, when it is well with the cupbearer, that he mention Joseph to Pharaoh. This is Joseph's attempt to be freed from his unfair imprisonment (Genesis 39:11–15).

This is an entirely reasonable request, even if it's the first time we hear Joseph express discontent with his difficult circumstances. Many years have passed since Joseph was first incarcerated for a crime he did not commit (Genesis 40:1, 4), and he's ready to be done with prison. Joseph is not despairing or rejecting God's will. Nor is he being inert, doing literally nothing. Instead, he sees a perfect opportunity to plead his case.

Joseph is aware of how powerful a well-timed word from an influential servant can be. He asks the cupbearer to do that kindness for him. Unfortunately, the cupbearer will keep that information to himself for several more years (Genesis 41:1, 9)