Genesis 41:9

“Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then spake the chiefe Butler vnto Pharaoh, saying, I doe remember my faults this day.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, "I would make mention today of my {own} offenses.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then the chief wine-servant said to Pharaoh, The memory of my sin comes back to me now;
- Basic English Bible

Then spoke the chief of the cup-bearers to Pharaoh, saying, I remember mine offences this day.
- Darby Bible

Then spoke the chief butler to Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:
- Webster's Bible

Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, "I remember my faults today.
- World English Bible

And the chief of the butlers speaketh with Pharaoh, saying, `My sin I mention this day:
- Youngs Literal Bible

Then spoke the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying: 'I make mention of my faults this day:
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 41:9

41:9 I remember my faults this day - in forgetting Joseph. Some think he means his faults against Pharaoh, for which he was imprisoned, and then he would insinuate, that through Pharaoh had forgiven him, he had not forgiven himself. God's time for the enlargement of his people will appear, at last, to be the fittest time. If the chief butler had at first used his interest for Joseph's enlargement, and had obtained, it is probable, he would have gone back to the land of the Hebrews, and then he had neither been so blessed himself, nor such a blessing to his family. But staying two years longer, and coming out upon this occasion to interpret the king's dreams, way was made for his preferment. The king can scarce allow him time, but that decency required it, to shave himself, and to change his raiment, #Ge 41:14|. It is done with all possible expedition, and Joseph is brought in perhaps almost as much surprised as Peter was, #Acts 12:9|, so suddenly is his captivity brought back, that he is as one that dreams, #Psa 126:1|. Pharaoh immediately, without enquiring who or whence he was tells him his business, that he expected he should interpret his dream.

Discussion for Genesis 41

  • A disciple
    "And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace." The Lord Jesus Christ at the right hand of God the Father sees all the inhabitants of the earth, and knows all things, and works all things by His Spirit. It should not then be thought a strange thing that good and holy men who have proven true by His Spirit, should also be so wise and understanding.
    Genesis 41 and Joseph's life is consolidated by Genesis1:2-3 before God created light, there was darkness. Even a Christian before God exalts you, there has to be tribulation to reveal whether the heart will still believe in difficult circumstances. Just like Abraham before God gave him a child was subjected to long-suffering and famine even when ISAAC came he was asked to offer him to prove faith
  • A disciple
    Note carefully how this Pharaoh reacts to the words of the man of God. This particular Pharaoh was a righteous man, and true enough to recognize good and sound words from God. He also evidently had no problem with God, with respect to his own position as king of Egypt; and was ready and able to act in faith appropriately, with respect to God's doings, and his own place as the ruler of his people.
  • Hajara
    The life of Joseph shows that humility and trust in God is the only way to success, also hard work, Joseph was all over Egypt, his position did not change anything
  • Rosetta Johnson
    It is my belief that God always send a warning before destruction, however it is up to us as believers to see the signs and obey them. Genesis 41 is a powerful illustration of how one believe in the power of God even during times of sorrow and pain. Joseph had endured many hardships at an early age, however he never stop depending on the Lord. He knew he would deliver on time. This nourishment!!
  • Bruce Malouf
    Is this the first documented evidence of any human being having a dream or night mare?
    Can this dream remanifest itself millennia into the future?
    If the numbering of Chapter 41 is NOT a pure accident, then is there any possibility of determining when the dream may reoccur? Does the total number of 14 years give an indication? For example 41 - 14 = 27 (3 x 3 x 3) or perhaps the THIRD millennium?

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