Genesis 40:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 40:7, NIV: "So he asked Pharaoh's officials who were in custody with him in his master's house, 'Why do you look so sad today?'"

Genesis 40:7, ESV: "So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in custody in his master’s house, “Why are your faces downcast today?”"

Genesis 40:7, KJV: "And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?"

Genesis 40:7, NASB: "So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were with him in confinement in his master’s house, 'Why are your faces so sad today?'"

Genesis 40:7, NLT: "'Why do you look so worried today?' he asked them."

Genesis 40:7, CSB: "So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were in custody with him in his master's house, "Why do you look so sad today? ""

What does Genesis 40:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph has been confined to prison for "some time," likely several years, on a false charge (Genesis 39:11–15). As he did in his first master's home, Joseph has made a name for himself and risen to a position of responsibility—though he is still an unwilling prisoner (Genesis 39:21–23). After some years, the Egyptian king's cupbearer and baker are jailed, and Joseph is put in charge of their custody (Genesis 40:1–3). This, as well, continues for "some time," again probably a stretch of years. (Genesis 40:4).

Then, on the same night, both the cupbearer and baker had powerful dreams. They cannot understand them, but they seem to realize they are not "just" dreams. These are visions of some kind which need to be explained. Both men are convinced their individual dreams mean something specific, and they're right. Joseph finds the pair disturbed the following morning (Genesis 39:5–6) and asks what is bothering them.