Genesis 40:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 40:9, NIV: So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, 'In my dream I saw a vine in front of me,

Genesis 40:9, ESV: So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph and said to him, “In my dream there was a vine before me,

Genesis 40:9, KJV: And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;

Genesis 40:9, NASB: So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph, saying to him, 'In my dream, behold, there was a vine in front of me;

Genesis 40:9, NLT: So the chief cup-bearer told Joseph his dream first. 'In my dream,' he said, 'I saw a grapevine in front of me.

Genesis 40:9, CSB: So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph: "In my dream there was a vine in front of me.

What does Genesis 40:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Ancient Egyptian culture invested great importance in dreams. Seers and mediums would claim to explain the meaning of visions. In prison, of course, there is no easy access to such a person. The now-imprisoned cupbearer and baker for Pharaoh have both experienced prophetic dreams on the same night (Genesis 40:1–8). Joseph, also in prison on a false charge (Genesis 39:11–15), has stated that God, not man, can reveal the meaning of those dreams. When Joseph asks to hear the details of the men's dreams, they agree.

The cupbearer goes first. He saw a grapevine in his dream, perhaps not surprising for someone whose business is wine. His vision will involve pressing grapes and giving the results to Pharaoh. Joseph will explain that this is a favorable sign (Genesis 40:10–13).