Genesis 40:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 40:16, NIV: When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation, he said to Joseph, 'I too had a dream: On my head were three baskets of bread.

Genesis 40:16, ESV: When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favorable, he said to Joseph, “I also had a dream: there were three cake baskets on my head,

Genesis 40:16, KJV: When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:

Genesis 40:16, NASB: When the chief baker saw that he had interpreted favorably, he said to Joseph, 'I also saw in my dream, and behold, there were three baskets of white bread on my head;

Genesis 40:16, NLT: When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given the first dream such a positive interpretation, he said to Joseph, 'I had a dream, too. In my dream there were three baskets of white pastries stacked on my head.

Genesis 40:16, CSB: When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was positive, he said to Joseph, "I also had a dream. Three baskets of white bread were on my head.

What does Genesis 40:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph has volunteered, through revelation from his God, to interpret the prophetic dreams of two different men with him in prison (Genesis 40:5–8). The cupbearer's dream revealed he would soon be released and fully restored to his old position (Genesis 40:9–13). Joseph was confident enough in this outcome that he asked the cupbearer to appeal to Pharaoh on his behalf (Genesis 40:14–15). As one might think, the baker is hopeful for a similar report from Joseph.

The baker begins to describe his dream, where he carried three cake baskets on his head. In that era, it was common to carry baskets and other vessels on one's head. People around the world today still use this method to transport food, goods, or water using baskets and jars. A baker would have been familiar with transporting baked goods in this way.