Genesis 41

Pharaoh’s Dream

1Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile. 2And lo, from the Nile there came up seven cows, sleek and
Lit fat of flesh
fat; and they grazed in the b  marsh grass.
3Then behold, seven other cows came up after them from the Nile, ugly and
Lit lean of flesh
gaunt, and they stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile.
4The ugly and
Lit lean of flesh
gaunt cows ate up the seven sleek and fat cows. Then Pharaoh awoke.
5He fell asleep and dreamed a second time; and behold, seven ears of grain came up on a single stalk, plump and good. 6Then behold, seven ears, thin and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them. 7The thin ears swallowed up the seven plump and full ears. Then Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream. 8Now in the morning e  his spirit was troubled, so he sent and called for all the
Or soothsayer priests
,
g  magicians of Egypt, and all its h  wise men. And Pharaoh told them his
Lit dream
dreams, but j  there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh.

9Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, “I would make mention today of k  my own
Or sins
offenses.
10Pharaoh was m  furious with his servants, and n  he put me in confinement in the house of the captain of the bodyguard, both me and the chief baker. 11 o  We had a dream
Lit one night
on the same night
Lit I and he
he and I; each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream.
12Now a Hebrew youth was with us there, a r  servant of the captain of the bodyguard, and we related them to him, and s  he interpreted our dreams for us. To each one he interpreted according to his own dream. 13And just t  as he interpreted for us, so it happened; he restored me in my
Lit place
office, but he hanged him.”

Joseph Interprets

14Then Pharaoh sent and v  called for Joseph, and they w  hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh. 15Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream x  but no one can interpret it; and y  I have heard
Lit about you, saying
it said about you, that
Lit you hear a dream to interpret it
when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”
16Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying
Lit Apart from me
,
ac  “It is not in me; ad  God will
Lit answer the peace of Pharaoh
give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
17So Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, “In my dream, behold, I was standing on the bank of the Nile; 18and behold, seven cows
Lit fat of flesh
fat and sleek came up out of the Nile, and they grazed in the marsh grass.
19Lo, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and
Lit lean of flesh
gaunt, such as I had never seen for
Lit badness
ugliness in all the land of Egypt;
20and the lean and
Lit bad
ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows.
21“Yet when they had
Lit entered their inward parts
devoured them, it could not be
Or known
detected that they had
Lit entered their inward parts
devoured them,
Lit and
for they were just as ugly as
Lit in the beginning
before. Then I awoke.
22I saw also in my dream, and behold, seven ears, full and good, came up on a single stalk; 23and lo, seven ears, withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them; 24and the thin ears swallowed the seven good ears. Then ao  I told it to the
Or soothsayer priests
magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.”

25Now Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh’s
Lit dream is
dreams are one and the same; ar  God has told to Pharaoh what He is about to do.
26The seven good cows are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years; the
Lit dream is
dreams are one and the same.
27The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven thin ears scorched by the east wind at  will be seven years of famine. 28
Lit That is the thing which I spoke
It is as I have spoken to Pharaoh: av  God has shown to Pharaoh what He is about to do.
29Behold, aw  seven years of great abundance are coming in all the land of Egypt; 30and after them ax  seven years of famine will
Lit arise
come, and all the abundance will be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine will
Lit destroy
ravage the land.
31So the abundance will be unknown in the land because of that subsequent famine; for it will be very severe. 32Now as for the repeating of the dream to Pharaoh twice, it means that ba  the matter is determined by God, and God will quickly bring it about. 33Now let Pharaoh look for a man bb  discerning and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. 34Let Pharaoh take action to appoint overseers
Lit over
in charge of the land, and let him exact a fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance.
35“Then let them bd  gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and store up the grain for food in the cities under Pharaoh’s authority, and let them guard it. 36Let the food become as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which will occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land will not perish during the famine.”

37Now the
Lit word
proposal seemed good
Lit in the sight of
to Pharaoh and
Lit in the sight of
to all his servants.

Joseph Is Made a Ruler of Egypt

38Then Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this bh  in whom is a divine spirit?” 39So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so bi  discerning and wise as you are. 40 bj  You shall be over my house, and according to your
Lit mouth
command all my people shall
Lit kiss
do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you.”
41Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you bm  over all the land of Egypt.” 42Then Pharaoh bn  took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and bo  put the gold necklace around his neck. 43He had him ride in
Lit the second...which was his
his second chariot; and they proclaimed before him,
Heb Abreck: Attention or Make way
Bow the knee!” And he set him over all the land of Egypt.
44Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Though I am Pharaoh, yet br  without
Lit you no one
your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”
45Then Pharaoh named Joseph
Probably Egyptian for “God speaks; he lives”
Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of
Or Heliopolis
,
bv  On, as his wife. And Joseph went forth over the land of Egypt.

46Now Joseph was bw  thirty years old when he
Or entered the service of
stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt.
47During the seven years of plenty the land brought forth
Lit by handfuls
abundantly.
48So he gathered all the food of these seven years which occurred in the land of Egypt and placed the food in the cities; he placed in every city the food from its own surrounding fields. 49Thus Joseph stored up grain
Lit very much
in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped
Lit numbering
measuring it, for it was
Or without number
beyond measure.

The Sons of Joseph

50Now before the year of famine came cc  two sons were born to Joseph, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of
Or Heliopolis
On, bore to him.
51Joseph named the firstborn
I.e. making to forget
Manasseh, “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.”
52He named the second
I.e. fruitfulness
Ephraim, “For,” he said cg  God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

53When the seven years of plenty which had been in the land of Egypt came to an end, 54and ch  the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said, then there was famine in all the lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; ci  whatever he says to you, you shall do.” 56When the famine was spread over all the face of the earth, then Joseph opened all
Lit that which was in them
the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians; and the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.
57The people of all the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because ck  the famine was severe in all the earth.
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