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Genesis 40
Joseph in Prison

As you read Genesis 40–41 , look for more ways that “the Lord was with Joseph” ( Genesis 39:21 ). Consider that none of Joseph’s successes would have happened if Joseph had given in to the temptation of Potiphar’s wife. Notice as you read how the Lord turned what seemed to be a bad situation into a good one.

Understanding the Scriptures

Genesis 40

Butler ( vv.1–2 )—Servant

Wroth against ( v.2 )—Angry at

Ward ( vv.3–4, 7 )—Prison

Charged Joseph with them ( v.4 )—Made Joseph responsible for them

Continued a season ( v.4 )—Stayed

Each man according to the interpretation of his dream ( v.5 )—Each man’s dream had a different meaning

Interpreter, interpretation, interpreted ( vv.8, 12, 16, 18, 22 )—Someone who tells the meaning of something, to tell the meaning of something

Budded ( v.10 )—Grew flowers or leaves

Lift up thine head ( v.13 )—Bring you out of prison and into favor

Think on ( v.14 )—Remember

Uppermost ( v.17 )—Top

Bakemeats ( v.17 )—Baked foods

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Genesis 40 .

Activity A icon Dreams and Interpretations

Make a chart like the one below and write in it the dreams of the butler and baker and the interpretations Joseph gave.

Contents of the Dream




Activity B icon Give Your Opinion

Based on what you know about Joseph’s life so far, explain why you think he was able to interpret the dreams in this chapter.