Genesis 40:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 40:20, NIV: Now the third day was Pharaoh's birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials:

Genesis 40:20, ESV: On the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, he made a feast for all his servants and lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants.

Genesis 40:20, KJV: And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.

Genesis 40:20, NASB: So it came about on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he held a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants.

Genesis 40:20, NLT: Pharaoh's birthday came three days later, and he prepared a banquet for all his officials and staff. He summoned his chief cup-bearer and chief baker to join the other officials.

Genesis 40:20, CSB: On the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, he gave a feast for all his servants. He elevated the chief cupbearer and the chief baker among his servants.

What does Genesis 40:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph's interpretations of the prophetic dreams of his fellow inmates come to pass exactly as he said (Genesis 40:7–8). On the third day, both men left the prison (Genesis 40:13, 19). The figure of speech about "lifting up one's head" is a reference to victory or redemption. It implies someone moving from shame and fear into confidence and validation (Psalm 3:3). Unfortunately for one of these men, that validation will be short-lived, as will he (Genesis 40:22).

The birthday of a nation's king would have been cause for wide celebration. Likewise celebrated was the annual anniversary of his taking the throne. It was common for such kings to grant pardons on those days. On this date, Pharaoh frees these two men from prison (Genesis 40:1–3) and "lifts up the heads" of both. Only one will experience a lasting forgiveness.