Genesis 40:18
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New International Version
"This is what it means," Joseph said. "The three baskets are three days.

New Living Translation
"This is what the dream means," Joseph told him. "The three baskets also represent three days.

English Standard Version
And Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days.

Berean Study Bible
Joseph replied, “This is the interpretation: The three baskets are three days.

New American Standard Bible
Then Joseph answered and said, "This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days;

King James Bible
And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:

Christian Standard Bible
"This is its interpretation," Joseph replied. "The three baskets are three days.

Contemporary English Version
Joseph said: This is the meaning of your dream. The three baskets are three days,

Good News Translation
Joseph answered, "This is what it means: the three baskets are three days.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is its interpretation," Joseph replied. "The three baskets are three days.

International Standard Version
Joseph replied, "This is what your dream means: The three baskets are also three days.

NET Bible
Joseph replied, "This is its meaning: The three baskets represent three days.

New Heart English Bible
Joseph answered, "This is its interpretation. The three baskets are three days.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"This is what it means," Joseph replied. "The three baskets are three days.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Joseph answered and said: 'This is the interpretation thereof: the three baskets are three days;

New American Standard 1977
Then Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days.

King James 2000 Bible
And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:

American King James Version
And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:

American Standard Version
And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: the three baskets are three days;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Joseph answered: This is the interpretation of the dream: The three baskets are yet three days:

Darby Bible Translation
And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation of it: the three baskets are three days.

English Revised Version
And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: the three baskets are three days;

Webster's Bible Translation
And Joseph answered, and said, This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days:

World English Bible
Joseph answered, "This is its interpretation. The three baskets are three days.

Young's Literal Translation
And Joseph answereth and saith, 'This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days;
Study Bible
The Cupbearer and the Baker
17In the top basket were all sorts of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.” 18Joseph replied, “This is the interpretation: The three baskets are three days. 19Within three days Pharaoh will lift your head off of you and hang you on a tree. Then the birds will eat the flesh of your body.”…
Cross References
Genesis 40:17
In the top basket were all sorts of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”

Genesis 40:19
Within three days Pharaoh will lift your head off of you and hang you on a tree. Then the birds will eat the flesh of your body.”

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Verses 18, 19. - And Joseph answered and said (with what reluctance and pathos may be imagined), This is the interpretation thereof (the exposition was supplied by God, and, however willing or anxious Joseph might be to soften its meaning to his auditor, he could not deviate a hair's-breadth from what he knew to be the mind of God): The three baskets are three days: yet within three days - literally, in three days more (ut supra, ver. 13) - shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee (i.e. deprive thee of life, the phrase containing a resemblance to that employed in ver. 13, and finding its explanation in the words that follow), and shall hang thee on a tree - i.e. after decapitation (cf. Deuteronomy 21:22, 23; Joshua 10:26; 2 Samuel 4:12), which was probably the mode of execution at that time practiced in Egypt (Michaelis, Clarke, Keil, Murphy, Alford, Inglis, Bush), though some regard the clause as a description of the way in which the baker s life was to be taken from him, viz., either by crucifixion (Onkelos, Rosenmüller, Ainsworth) or by hanging (Willst, Patrick, T. Lewis), and others view it as simply pointing to capital punishment, without indicating the instrument or method (Piscator, Lapide, Mercerus, 'Speaker's Commentary'). And the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee. "The terror of approaching death would be aggravated to the poor man by the prospect of the indignity with which his body was to be treated" (Lawson). And Joseph answered and said,.... Immediately, directly, without any further thought and meditation, being divinely instructed:

this is the interpretation thereof; of the above dream:

the three baskets are three days; signify three days. 18, 19. Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation—The purport was that in three days his execution should be ordered. The language of Joseph describes minutely one form of capital punishment that prevailed in Egypt; namely, that the criminal was decapitated and then his headless body gibbeted on a tree by the highway till it was gradually devoured by the ravenous birds.40:1-19 It was not so much the prison that made the butler and baker sad, as their dreams. God has more ways than one to sadden the spirits. Joseph had compassion towards them. Let us be concerned for the sadness of our brethren's countenances. It is often a relief to those that are in trouble to be noticed. Also learn to look into the causes of our own sorrow. Is there a good reason? Is there not comfort sufficient to balance it, whatever it is? Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Joseph was careful to ascribe the glory to God. The chief butler's dream foretold his advancement. The chief baker's dream his death. It was not Joseph's fault that he brought the baker no better tidings. And thus ministers are but interpreters; they cannot make the thing otherwise than it is: if they deal faithfully, and their message prove unpleasing, it is not their fault. Joseph does not reflect upon his brethren that sold him; nor does he reflect on the wrong done him by his mistress and his master, but mildly states his own innocence. When we are called on to clear ourselves, we should carefully avoid, as much as may be, speaking ill of others. Let us be content to prove ourselves innocent, and not upbraid others with their guilt.



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