Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams1After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile, 2and behold, there came up out of the Nile seven cows, attractive and plump, and they fed in the reed grass. 3And behold, seven other cows, ugly and thin, came up out of the Nile after them, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile. 4And the ugly, thin cows ate up the seven attractive, plump cows. And Pharaoh awoke. 5And he fell asleep and dreamed a second time. And behold, seven ears of grain, plump and good, were growing on one stalk. 6And behold, after them sprouted seven ears, thin and ablighted by the east wind. 7And the thin ears swallowed up the seven plump, full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream. 8So in the morning bhis spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the cmagicians of Egypt and all its wise men. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was none who could interpret them to Pharaoh.
9Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “I remember my offenses today. 10When Pharaoh was dangry with his servants eand put me and the chief baker in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, 11 fwe dreamed on the same night, he and I, each having a dream with its own interpretation. 12A young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. When we told him, ghe interpreted our dreams to us, giving an interpretation to each man according to his dream. 13And has he interpreted to us, so it came about. I was restored to my office, and the baker was hanged.”
14 iThen Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they jquickly brought him kout of the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh. 15And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. lI have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” 16Joseph answered Pharaoh, m“It is not in me; nGod will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.” ▼
▼Or (compare Samaritan, Septuagint) Without God it is not possible to give Pharaoh an answer about his welfare17Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Behold, pin my dream I was standing on the banks of the Nile. 18Seven cows, plump and attractive, came up out of the Nile and fed in the reed grass. 19Seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and thin, such as I had never seen in all the land of Egypt. 20And the thin, ugly cows ate up the first seven plump cows, 21but when they had eaten them no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were still as ugly as at the beginning. Then I awoke. 22I also saw in my dream seven ears growing on one stalk, full and good. 23Seven ears, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprouted after them, 24and the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears. And qI told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.”
25Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; rGod has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 26The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. 27The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also sseven years of famine. 28It is as I told Pharaoh; tGod has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 29There will come useven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt, 30but after them there will arise vseven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. wThe famine will consume the land, 31and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of the famine that will follow, for it will be very severe. 32And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the xthing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about. 33Now therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. 34Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land ▼
▼Or over the land and organize the landof Egypt during the seven plentiful years. 35And zlet them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. 36That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”
Joseph Rises to Power37This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants. 38And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, aain whom is the Spirit of God?” ▼
▼Or of the gods39Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. 40 acYou shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. ▼
▼Hebrew and according to your command all my people shall kiss the groundOnly as regards the throne will I be greater than you.” 41And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, aeI have set you over all the land of Egypt.” 42Then Pharaoh aftook his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and agclothed him in garments of fine linen ahand put a gold chain about his neck. 43And he made him ride in his second chariot. aiAnd they called out before him, “Bow the knee!” ▼
▼Abrek, probably an Egyptian word, similar in sound to the Hebrew word meaning to kneelThus he set him akover all the land of Egypt. 44Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and alwithout your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” 45And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.
46Joseph was thirty years old when he amentered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt. 47During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly, 48and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it. 49And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, anlike the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.
50Before the year of famine came, aotwo sons were born to Joseph. Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore them to him. 51Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.” ▼
▼ Manasseh sounds like the Hebrew for making to forget52The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has aqmade me fruitful in the land of my affliction.” ▼
▼ Ephraim sounds like the Hebrew for making fruitful
53The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end, 54and asthe seven years of famine began to come, atas Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.”
56So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses ▼
▼Hebrew all that was in themand avsold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. 57Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe awover all the earth.
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