Genesis 41:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:12, NIV: Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream.

Genesis 41:12, ESV: A young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. When we told him, he interpreted our dreams to us, giving an interpretation to each man according to his dream.

Genesis 41:12, KJV: And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret.

Genesis 41:12, NASB: Now a Hebrew youth was there with us, a servant of the captain of the bodyguard, and we told him the dreams, and he interpreted our dreams for us. For each man he interpreted according to his own dream.

Genesis 41:12, NLT: There was a young Hebrew man with us in the prison who was a slave of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he told us what each of our dreams meant.

Genesis 41:12, CSB: Now a young Hebrew, a slave of the captain of the guards, was with us there. We told him our dreams, he interpreted our dreams for us, and each had its own interpretation.

What does Genesis 41:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This is part of an explanation given by the cupbearer of Egypt's king. At some time in the past, this man was jailed (Genesis 40:2). While in prison, he encountered a man he describes as "a young Hebrew," who is Joseph. Joseph was imprisoned on a false charge (Genesis 40:14–15). He was able to correctly interpret the dreams of both the cupbearer and the king's baker (Genesis 40:20–22). Unfortunately, the freed official said nothing about Joseph or his condition after being released (Genesis 40:23).

Recently, the Egyptian king has had two disturbing dreams which his advisors cannot interpret (Genesis 41:1–8). The cupbearer has remembered his experience with Joseph—some two years earlier—and now chosen to speak (Genesis 41:9–11). He will go on to note that Joseph's interpretation was perfect (Genesis 41:13). Eager to know the meaning of his dream, Pharaoh will have Joseph summoned from prison (Genesis 41:14).