|Genesis 41 |
1 Now it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he stood by the Nile.
2 And there came up out of the river seven sleek, fat cows; and they fed in the reed grass.
3 Then seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ugly and gaunt, and they stood by the other cows on the bank of the river.
4 And the ugly, gaunt cows ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh awoke.
5 But he slept and dreamed a second time: behold, seven heads of plump, good grain came up on one stalk.
6 And seven thin heads of grain that were scorched with the east wind sprung up after them.
7 And the seven thin heads devoured the seven healthy, full heads of grain. Then Pharaoh awoke; it was a dream.
8 So it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent for all the magicians of Egypt, and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh.
9 Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying, "I remember my faults this day.
10 When Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me in custody in the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker,
11 We dreamed a dream on the same night, he and I; each dream having its own interpretation.
12 And there was there with us a young man, a Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us; to each man according to its interpretation.
13 And it came to pass, just as he interpreted for us, so it happened; I was restored to my office, and the baker was hung."
14 Then Pharaoh called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon. But he shaved himself, and changed his clothes; then he came in to Pharaoh.
15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it; and I have heard it said of you, that you can understand a dream and interpret it."
16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, "It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace."
17 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the Nile;
18 And there came up out of the river seven sleek, fat cows, and they fed in the reed grass.
19 Then behold, seven other cows came up after them, ugly and scrawny, such ugliness as I had never seen in all the land of Egypt.
20 And the lean, ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows.
21 And when they had eaten them up, no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were still as ugly as at the beginning. Then I awoke.
22 Then I saw in my dream, seven plump, good heads of grain come up on one stalk.
23 And seven, withered, thin heads, which were scorched with the east wind sprung up after them.
24 And the thin heads of grain devoured the seven good heads. Now I told this to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me."
25 And Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same; God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.
26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; the dreams are one and the same.
27 The seven thin and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and also the seven empty heads of grain scorched with the east wind; they are both seven years of famine.
28 This is the message that I have spoken to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.
29 Behold, seven years of great plenty are coming throughout all the land of Egypt.
30 After them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine will consume the land.
31 And the plenty will not be known in the land because of that famine, for it will be very severe.
32 The dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.
33 Now therefore let Pharaoh seek out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
34 Let Pharaoh do this; and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up one fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.
35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming and lay up grain under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.
36 And that food shall be put is store for the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine."
37 So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants.
38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find such a man as this one, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?"
39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has shown you all this, there is no one as discreet and wise as you are.
40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word. Only in respect to the throne will I be greater than you."
41 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt."
42 And Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in clothing of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck;
43 And he had him ride in the second chariot that he had, and they cried out before him, "Bow the knee!" And he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
44 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, and without you no man may lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt."
45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah. And he gave him Asenath the daughter of Potipherah, priest of On, for his wife. And Joseph went throughout all the land of Egypt.
46 Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.
47 In the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth abundantly.
48 And Joseph gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities; he laid up the food of the field, which was around every city.
49 And Joseph gathered much grain, like the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was without number.
50 Now two sons were born to Joseph before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah, priest of On, bore to him.
51 Joseph called the firstborn Manasseh, "For God," he said, "has made me forget all my toil and all my father's house."
52 And the name of the second he called Ephraim, "For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction."
53 Now when the seven years of plenty in the land of Egypt were ended,
54 The seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said they would. Famine was in all the lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was food.
55 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for food; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph; do what he says to you."
56 When the famine had spread over all the face of the earth, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.
57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy grain, because the famine was so severe in all the earth.
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