Genesis 40:23
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New International Version
The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

New Living Translation
Pharaoh's chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought.

English Standard Version
Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

New American Standard Bible
Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

King James Bible
Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

International Standard Version
Despite all of this, the senior security advisor not only didn't remember Joseph, he deliberately forgot him.

NET Bible
But the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph--he forgot him.

New Heart English Bible
Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Nevertheless, the chief cupbearer didn't remember Joseph. He forgot all about him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgot him.

New American Standard 1977
Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph but forgot him.

King James 2000 Bible
Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgot him.

American King James Version
Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgot him.

American Standard Version
Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the chief butler, when things prospered with him, forgot his interpreter.

Darby Bible Translation
But the chief of the cup-bearers did not remember Joseph, and forgot him.

English Revised Version
Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

World English Bible
Yet the chief cupbearer didn't remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Young's Literal Translation
and the chief of the butlers hath not remembered Joseph, but forgetteth him.
Study Bible
The Cupbearer and the Baker
22but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
Cross References
Genesis 41:1
Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile.

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

Job 19:14
"My relatives have failed, And my intimate friends have forgotten me.

Psalm 31:12
I am forgotten as a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel.

Ecclesiastes 9:15
But there was found in it a poor wise man and he delivered the city by his wisdom. Yet no one remembered that poor man.
Treasury of Scripture

Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgot him.

but forgat him.

Job 19:14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.

Psalm 31:12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

Psalm 105:19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.

Ecclesiastes 9:15,16 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered …

Amos 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: …

Verse 23. - Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph (as Joseph had desired, and as he doubtless had promised), but forgot him - as Joseph might almost have expected (cf. Ecclesiastes 9:15, 16).



Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph,.... To speak of him to Pharaoh, neither on that day in which he was restored, nor for a long time after, even for the space of two years, as seems from the following chapter:

but forgot him; never more thought of him, of the favour he had done him in interpreting his dream; of the request he made to him, and of the promise which he had probably given him; which was an instance of great ingratitude, and is frequently the case and character of courtiers, who being in high places themselves, neglect others, their petitions to them, and their own promises to do all they can for them. 23. yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph—This was human nature. How prone are men to forget and neglect in prosperity, those who have been their companions in adversity (Am 6:6)! But although reflecting no credit on the butler, it was wisely ordered in the providence of God that he should forget him. The divine purposes required that Joseph should obtain his deliverance in another way, and by other means. 40:20-23 Joseph's interpretation of the dreams came to pass on the very day fixed. On Pharaoh's birth-day, all his servants attended him, and then the cases of these two came to be looked into. We may all profitably take notice of our birth-days, with thankfulness for the mercies of our birth, sorrow for the sinfulness of our lives, and expectation of the day of our death, as better than the day of our birth. But it seems strange that worldly people, who are so fond of living here, should rejoice at the end of one year after another of their short span of life. A Christian has cause to rejoice that he was born, also that he comes nearer to the end of his sin and sorrow, and nearer to his everlasting happiness. The chief butler remembered not Joseph, but forgot him. Joseph had deserved well at his hands, yet he forgot him. We must not think it strange, if in this world we have hatred shown us for our love, and slights for our kindness. See how apt those who are themselves at ease are to forget others in distress. Joseph learned by his disappointment to trust in God only. We cannot expect too little from man, nor too much from God. Let us not forget the sufferings, promises, and love of our Redeemer. We blame the chief butler's ingratitude to Joseph, yet we ourselves act much more ungratefully to the Lord Jesus. Joseph had but foretold the chief butler's enlargement, but Christ wrought out ours; he mediated with the King of Kings for us; yet we forget him, though often reminded of him, and though we have promised never to forget him. Thus ill do we requite Him, like foolish people and unwise.
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