THE FIRST BOOK OF
G E N E S I S
Genesis 41 ©
Pharaoh having had two dreams, and finding none among his own people that could interpret them, it happened that the chief cupbearer remembers Joseph, vs. 1, etc. Whom Pharaoh causes to be brought before him, and tells him his dreams, which Joseph interprets, and gives good counsel withal to Pharaoh against the dearth to come, 14. Therefore Pharaoh appoints him governor, next to himself, over the entire kingdom, presents him stately, gives him another name, and a wife too, 37. Joseph being now thirty years of age, makes a tour through all Egypt, and lays up provision in the seven good years, 46. Gets two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, 50. The bad years are coming on, wherein Joseph sells of the provision of corn unto the people, 54.
AND it came to pass at the end of 1two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the 2river.
And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kinea and fatfleshed; and they fed 3in a meadow.
And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, 4ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine 5upon the brink of the river.
And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.
And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rankb and 6good.
And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the 7east wind sprung up after them.
And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rankc and 8full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a 9dream.
And it came to pass 10in the morning that his spirit was 11troubled; and he sent and calledd for all 12the magicians of Egypt, and all 13the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto 14Pharaoh.
¶Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember 15my faults this day:
16Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the 17captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker:
And we dreamed a dream ine one night, I and he; we dreamed each man 18according to the interpretation of his dream.
And there was there with us a 19young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret.
20And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.
¶Then Pharaoh sent and calledf Joseph, and 21they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: 22and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.
And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, 23It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of 24peace.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the 25bank of the river:
And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed 26in a meadow:
And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very 27ill favoured and 28leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness:
And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine:
And when they had 29eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke.
And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and 30good:
And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them:
And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told this unto the 31magicians; but there was none that could declareg it to me.
¶And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is 32one: God hath 33shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.
The seven 34good kine 35are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.
And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be 36seven years of famine.
This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh.
Behold, there come seven years of great 37plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:
And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be 38forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume 39the land;
And the plenty shall not be known in the land 40by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.
And for that the dream was 41doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is 42established 43by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.
Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and 44take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.
And let them gather 45all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn 46under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.
And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish 47not through the famine.
¶Andh the thing 48was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
Andi Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom 49the Spirit of God is?
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:
Thou shalt be overj50my house, and 51according unto thy word shall all my people 52be ruled: only in the throne will I be 53greater than thou.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, 54See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and 55put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of 56fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
And he made him to ride in the 57second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, 58Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, 59I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up 60his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name 61Zaphnath-paaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah 62priest of 63On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.
¶And Joseph was 64thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and 65went throughout all the land of Egypt.
And in the seven plenteous years the earth 66brought forth by 67handfuls.
And he gathered up 68all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up 69in the same.
And Joseph gathered corn 70as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for 71it was without number.
Andk unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah priest of On bare unto him.
And Joseph called the name of the firstborn 72Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget 73all my toil, and all my father's house.
And the name of the second called he 74Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful 75in the land of my affliction.
¶And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.
Andl the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all 76lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was 77bread.
And when all the land of Egypt was 78famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.
And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And Joseph opened 79all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.
And 80all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore 81in all lands.