Book of Jasher 46

Book of Jasher 46

Chapter 46


In those days Joseph was still
confined in the prison house in the
land of Egypt.

At that time the attendants of
Pharaoh were standing before him, the chief of the butlers and the chief of the
bakers which belonged to the king of

And the butler took wine and placed
it before the king to drink, and the baker placed bread before the king to eat,
and the king drank of the wine and ate of the bread, he and his servants and
ministers that ate at the king’s table.

And whilst they were eating and
drinking, the butler and the baker remained there, and Pharaoh’s ministers
found many flies in the wine, which the butler had brought, and stones of nitre were found in the baker’s bread.

And the captain of the guard placed
Joseph as an attendant on Pharaoh’s officers, and Pharaoh’s officers were in
confinement one year.

And at the end of the year, they both
dreamed dreams in one night, in the place of confinement where they were, and
in the morning Joseph came to them to attend upon them as usual, and he saw
them, and behold their countenances were dejected and sad.

And Joseph asked them, Why are your
countenances sad and dejected this day? and they said unto him, We dreamed a
dream, and there is no one to interpret it; and Joseph said unto them, Relate,
I pray you, your dream unto me, and God shall give you an answer of peace as
you desire.

And the butler related his dream unto
Joseph, and he said, I saw in my dream, and behold a large vine was before me,
and upon that vine I saw three branches, and the vine speedily blossomed and
reached a great height, and its clusters were ripened and became grapes.

And I took the grapes and pressed
them in a cup, and placed it in Pharaoh’s hand and he drank; and Joseph said
unto him, The three branches that were upon the vine are three days.

Yet within three days, the king will
order thee to be brought out and he will restore thee to thy office, and thou shalt give the king his wine to drink as at first when thou
wast his butler; but let me find favor in thy sight,
that thou shalt remember me to Pharaoh when it will
be well with thee, and do kindness unto me, and get me brought forth from this
prison, for I was stolen away from the land of Canaan and was sold for a slave
in this place.

And also that which was told thee
concerning my master’s wife is false, for they placed me in this dungeon for
naught; and the butler answered Joseph, saying, If the king deal well with me
as at first, as thou last interpreted to me, I will do all that thou desirest, and get thee brought out of this dungeon.

And the baker, seeing that Joseph had
accurately interpreted the butler’s dream, also approached, and related the
whole of his dream to Joseph.

And he said unto him, In my dream I
saw and behold three white baskets upon my head, and I looked, and behold there
were in the upper-most basket all manner of baked meats for Pharaoh, and behold
the birds were eating them from off my head.

And Joseph said unto him, The three
baskets which thou didst see are three days, yet within three days Pharaoh will
take off thy head, and hang thee upon a tree, and the birds will eat thy flesh
from off thee, as thou sawest in thy dream.

In those days the queen was about to
be delivered, and upon that day she bare a son unto the king of Egypt, and they
proclaimed that the king had gotten his first born son and all the people of
Egypt together with the officers and servants of Pharaoh rejoiced greatly.

And upon the third day of his birth
Pharaoh made a feast for his officers and servants, for the hosts of the
land of Zoar and of the land of Egypt.

And all the people of Egypt and the
servants of Pharaoh came to eat and drink with the king at the feast of his
son, and to rejoice at the king’s rejoicing.

And all the officers of the king and
his servants were rejoicing at that time for eight days at the feast, and they
made merry with all sorts of musical instruments, with timbrels
and with dances in the king’s house for eight days.

And the butler, to whom Joseph had
interpreted his dream, forgot Joseph, and he did not mention him to the king as
he had promised, for this thing was from the Lord in order to punish Joseph
because he had trusted in man.

And Joseph remained after this in the
prison house two years, until he had completed twelve years.

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