YASHAR 46 (Jasher 46)

1 In those days Yosĕph was still confined in the prison in the land of Mitsrayim.

2 At that time the attendants of Pharaoh were standing before him – the chief cupbearer and the chief baker – which belonged to the sovereign of Mitsrayim.

3 And the cupbearer took wine and placed it before the sovereign to drink, and the baker placed bread before the sovereign to eat. And the sovereign drank of the wine and ate of the bread – he and his servants and attendants that ate at the sovereign’s table.

4 And while they were eating and drinking, the cupbearer and the baker remained there, and Pharaoh’s attendants found many flies in the wine, which the cupbearer had brought, and soda stones were found in the baker’s bread.

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

6 And at the end of the year, they both dreamed dreams in one night, in the prison where they were. And in the morning Yosĕph came to them to attend to them as usual, and he looked at them, and see, their appearances were troubled and sad.

7 And Yosĕph asked them, “Why do you look sad and troubled today?” and they said to him, “We dreamed a dream, but there is no one to interpret it.” And Yosĕph said to them, “Please relate your dream to me, and Elohim shall give you an answer of peace as you desire.”

8 And the cupbearer related his dream to Yosĕph, and he said, “I looked in my dream, and see, a large vine was before me, and on that vine I saw three branches. And the vine speedily blossomed and reached a great height, and its clusters were ripened and became grapes.

9 And I took the grapes and pressed them into a cup, and placed it into Pharaoh’s hand and he drank.” And Yosĕph said to him, “The three branches that were on the vine are three days.

10 “Yet within three days, the sovereign will order you to be brought out and he will restore you to your office, and you shall give the sovereign his wine to drink as at first when you were his cupbearer. But let me find favour in your sight, that you shall remember me to Pharaoh when it will be well with you, and do kindness unto me, and get me brought out from this prison. For I was stolen away from the land of Kena’an and was sold for a slave in this place.

11 “And also that which was told you concerning my master’s wife is false, for they placed me in this dungeon for naught.” And the cupbearer answered Yosĕph, saying, “If the sovereign deals well with me as at first, as you last interpreted to me, I will do all that you desire, and get you brought out of this dungeon.”

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

13 And he said to him, “In my dream I looked and see, three white baskets on my head. And I looked, and see, there were in the upper-most basket all manner of baked goods for Pharaoh, and see, the birds were eating them from off my head.”

14 And Yosĕph said to him, “The three baskets which you saw are three days. Yet within three days, Pharaoh will take off your head, and hang you upon a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh from off you, as you saw in your dream.”

15 In those days the sovereigness was about to give birth, and on that day she bore a son to the sovereign of Mitsrayim. And they proclaimed that the sovereign had brought forth his first-born son and all the people of Mitsrayim, together with the officers and servants of Pharaoh rejoiced greatly.

16 And on the third day of his birth, Pharaoh made a feast for his officers and servants, for the hosts of the land of Tso’ar and of the land of Mitsrayim.

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

18 And all the officers of the sovereign and his servants were rejoicing at that time for eight days of the feast, and they rejoiced with all kinds of musical instruments, with timbrels and with dances in the sovereign’s house for eight days.

19 And the cupbearer, to whom Yosĕph had interpreted his dream, forgot Yosĕph, and he did not mention him to the sovereign as he had promised, for this matter was from 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 in order to punish Yosĕph because he had trusted in man.

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