Joseph said, "This is the interpretation: The three baskets are three days;
within three days Pharaoh will take off your head, impale you on a post, and the birds will pick your bones clean."
And sure enough, on the third day it was Pharaoh's birthday and he threw a feast for all his servants. He set the head cupbearer and the head baker in places of honor in the presence of all the guests.
Then he restored the head cupbearer to his cupbearing post; he handed Pharaoh his cup just as before.
And then he impaled the head baker on a post, following Joseph's interpretations exactly.
But the head cupbearer never gave Joseph another thought; he forgot all about him.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)