One must appreciate the beginning of chapter 41. “After two whole years….” Joseph has been in the dungeon for many years now. Joseph is 30 years old now, 13 years removed from when he lived with his father and brothers in Canaan. For 13 years Joseph has lived as a slave or prisoner in Egypt. Joseph interpreted the dream of the cupbearer and begged him to not forget him when he was return to his position before Pharaoh. But he did forget. Two whole years have passed by. Two long years have passed since that moment.
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