Genesis 41:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:10, NIV: Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard.

Genesis 41:10, ESV: When Pharaoh was angry with his servants and put me and the chief baker in custody in the house of the captain of the guard,

Genesis 41:10, KJV: Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker:

Genesis 41:10, NASB: Pharaoh was furious with his servants, and he put me in confinement in the house of the captain of the bodyguard, both me and the chief baker.

Genesis 41:10, NLT: 'Some time ago, you were angry with the chief baker and me, and you imprisoned us in the palace of the captain of the guard.

Genesis 41:10, CSB: Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and he put me and the chief baker in the custody of the captain of the guards.

What does Genesis 41:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The ruler of Egypt is given the title "Pharaoh." In this passage, that king is trying to interpret a pair of disturbing dreams (Genesis 41:1–8). His cupbearer, a trusted court member, has come forward with some helpful information. That man was once imprisoned (Genesis 40:1–4), then freed. While in prison, he encountered Joseph (Genesis 40:9–13), who correctly predicted the meaning of the cupbearer's dream (Genesis 40:20–22). For reasons not explained, the man has not mentioned this incident until now, some two years later (Genesis 40:23).

It's likely the cupbearer deliberately failed to mention Joseph; he probably did not want to stir up any more trouble. Now, with the king's magicians stumped, there is an opportunity for benefit. Since the chance to be seen as helping Pharaoh outweighs the risk of reminding him of past offenses, he speaks up (Genesis 41:11–13).