Genesis 41:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:14, NIV: So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.

Genesis 41:14, ESV: Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh.

Genesis 41:14, KJV: Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.

Genesis 41:14, NASB: Then Pharaoh sent word and called for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh.

Genesis 41:14, NLT: Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was quickly brought from the prison. After he shaved and changed his clothes, he went in and stood before Pharaoh.

Genesis 41:14, CSB: Then Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and they quickly brought him from the dungeon. He shaved, changed his clothes, and went to Pharaoh.

What does Genesis 41:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Pharaoh is responding to his cupbearer's story about an imprisoned Hebrew slave who can interpret dreams (Genesis 41:9–13). This is important to the Egyptian king, since he has recently had two alarming dreams (Genesis 41:1–7). His advisors and court magicians have no answers for these visions (Genesis 41:8). He acts immediately to summon Joseph to appear before him.

In very little time, Joseph is brought out of the pit, shaved, and given new clothes. In that culture, it was inappropriate for a man to appear before the Egyptian king without being shaved and presentable. Prisoner or not, filthy or ugly things were not deliberately shown to such rulers. It's possible Joseph's head was shaved, as well.

Once more, Joseph's prison is described as a pit or dungeon, implying that it was underground. Apparently, this jail was dug out of the earth beneath the captain of the guard's house (Genesis 40:3). Joseph has spent several years in jail (Genesis 41:1), after some time as a slave (Genesis 39:1), and now finds himself face-to-face with the ruler of the entire nation.