Genesis 40:23

23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

Genesis 40:23 in Other Translations

KJV
23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.
ESV
23 Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
NLT
23 Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought.
MSG
23 But the head cupbearer never gave Joseph another thought; he forgot all about him.
CSB
23 Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

Genesis 40:23 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 40:23

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.

Genesis 40:23 In-Context

21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand—
22 but he impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.
23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S ver 14; S Ecclesiastes 1:11; Job 19:14; Ecclesiastes 9:15