"Accursed are the wicked that never do a wholly good
deed." The chief butler described Joseph contemptuously
as a "slave" in order that it might be impossible for him
to occupy a distinguished place at court, for it was a law
upon the statute books of Egypt that a slave could never sit
upon the throne as king, nor even put his foot in the stirrup
of a horse.[167]

Pharaoh revoked the edict of death that he had issued
against the wise men of Egypt, and he sent and called Joseph.
He impressed care upon his messengers, they were
not to excite and confuse Joseph, and render him unfit to
interpret the king's dream correctly.[168] They brought him

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