Genesis 40:12

12 Then Joseph said to him, 1"This is its interpretation: 2the three branches are three days.

Genesis 40:12 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 40:12

And Joseph said unto him, this [is] the interpretation of it,
&c.] Of the dream: the three branches [are] three days;
signify three days, or, as Jarchi expresses it, are a sign of three days; which Joseph could know only by divine revelation; for there is no more likeness between branches and days, than between them and months or years, and bid as fair to signify one as the other, if the interpretation depended on similarity, or bare conjecture.

Genesis 40:12 In-Context

10 and on the vine there were three branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters ripened into grapes.
11 Pharaoh's cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand."
12 Then Joseph said to him, "This is its interpretation: the three branches are three days.
13 In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office, and you shall place Pharaoh's cup in his hand as formerly, when you were his cupbearer.
14 Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house.

Cross References 2

  • 1. ver. 18; Genesis 41:12; [Daniel 2:36]
  • 2. [Genesis 41:26, 27]