New Defender's Study Bible Notes
40:1 butler...baker. These two officials were responsible not only for preparing Pharaoh’s drink and food, but also for assuring its safety. It is possible that a cache of some kind of poison had been discovered, with the implication that it would be used in an assassination attempt. While Pharaoh’s investigative police were trying to determine whether it was intended for his wine or for his bread, both officials were placed in prison awaiting that determination.