Genesis 41:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:9, NIV: Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, 'Today I am reminded of my shortcomings.

Genesis 41:9, ESV: Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “I remember my offenses today.

Genesis 41:9, KJV: Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:

Genesis 41:9, NASB: Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, 'I would make mention today of my own offenses.

Genesis 41:9, NLT: Finally, the king's chief cup-bearer spoke up. 'Today I have been reminded of my failure,' he told Pharaoh.

Genesis 41:9, CSB: Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, "Today I remember my faults.

What does Genesis 41:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, is troubled about two disturbing prophetic dreams. His magicians and wise men have been unable to interpret the dreams (Genesis 41:1–8). Fortunately, his chief cupbearer remembers something that may be helpful. This man was likely in charge of the king's wine, making sure it was not poisoned. At some time in the past, he had angered the Pharaoh and been placed in prison (Genesis 40:1–4). There, he dreamed about his release, as interpreted by a fellow prisoner, Joseph (Genesis 40:9–13).

For reasons unexplained, this man did not mention Joseph to anyone after he was released (Genesis 40:23). Scripture often uses terms such as "forget" and "remember" in a practical sense; they don't always mean such things are completely lost to that person's memory. Most likely, the cupbearer didn't want to create any further controversy after he was released.

Now, however he says he "remembers" his offenses. This probably combines several meanings. In one sense, he needs to bring up his former imprisonment. In another sense, he is reminded of how he failed to help Joseph. At last, he will tell Pharaoh about the man who once successfully interpreted his own dream (Genesis 41:10–13).