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JOSEPH interpret's the Pharaoh's dreams.  Gn.41.1-36

1Nearly two years later Pharaoh had a dream: he was standing by the Nile, 2and there came up from the river seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed on the reeds. 3After them seven other cows came up from the river, gaunt and lean, and stood on the river-bank beside the ?rst cows. 4The cows that were gaunt and lean devoured the cows that were sleek and fat. Then Pharaoh woke up. 5He fell asleep again and had a second dream: he saw seven ears of corn, full and ripe, growing on one stalk. 6Growing up after them were seven other ears, thin and shrivelled by the east wind. 7The thin ears swallowed up the ears that were full and ripe. Then Pharaoh woke up and knew that it was a dream. 8When morning came, Pharaoh was troubled in mind; so he summoned all the magicians and sages of Egypt. He told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them for him. 9Then Pharaoh's chief butler spoke up and said, 'It is time for me to recall my faults. 10Once Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard. 11One night we both had dreams, each needing its own interpretation. 12We had with us a young Hebrew, a slave of the captain of the guard, and we told him our dreams and he interpreted them for us, giving each man's dream its own interpretation. 13Each dream came true as it had been interpreted to us: I was restored to my position, and he was hanged.'

14Pharaoah thereupon sent for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon. He shaved and changed his clothes, and came in to Pharaoh. 15Pharaoah said to him, 'I have had a dream, and no one can interpret it to me. I have heard it said that you can understand and interpret dreams.' 16Joseph answered, 'Not I, but God, will answer for Pharaoh's welfare.' 17Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile, 18and there came up from the river seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed on the reeds. 19After them seven other cows came up that were poor, very gaunt and lean; I have never seen such gaunt creatures in all Egypt. 20These lean, gaunt cows devoured the first cows, the fat ones. 21They were swallowed up, but no one could have guessed that they were in the bellies of the others, which looked as gaunt as before. Then I woke up. 22After I had fallen asleep again, I saw in a dream seven ears of corn, full and ripe, growing on one stalk. 23Growing up after them were seven other ears, shrivelled, thin, and blighted by the east wind. 24The thin ears swallowed up the seven ripe ears. When I told all this to the magicians, no one could explain it to me.'

25Joseph said to Pharaoh, 'Pharaoh's dreams are one dream. God has told Pharaoh what he is going to do. 26The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears of corn are seven years. It is all one dream. 27The seven lean and gaunt cows that came up after them are seven years, and the empty ears of corn blighted by the east wind will be seven years of famine. 28It is as I have said to Pharaoh: God has let Pharaoh see what he is going to do. 29There are to be seven years of great plenty throughout the land 30After them will come seven years of famine; all the years of plenty in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ruin the country. 31The good years will not be remembered in the land because of the famine that follows; for it will be very severe. 32The doubling of Pharaoh's dream means that God is already resolved to do this, and he will very soon put it into effect. 33Pharaoh should now look for a shrewd and intelligent man, and put him in charge of the country. 34This is what Pharaoh should do: appoint controllers over the land, and take one fifth of the produce of Egypt during the seven years of plenty. 35They should collect all this food produced in the good years that are coming and put the corn under Pharaoh's control in store in the cities, and keep it under guard. 36This food will be a reserve for the country against the seven years of famine which will come upon Egypt. Thus the country will not be devastated by the famine.

JOSEPH: Governor of Egypt.  Gn.41.37-57

37The plan pleased Pharaoh and all his courtiers, 38and he said to them, 'Can we find a man like this man, one who has the spirit of a god Or of God in him?' 39He said to Joseph, 'Since a god Or God has made all this known to you, there is no one so shrewd and intelligent as you. 40You shall be in charge of my household, and all my people will depend on your every word. Only my royal throne shall make me greater than you.' 41Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'I hereby give you authority over the whole land of Egypt.' 42He took off his signet-ring and put it on Joseph's finger, he had him dressed in fine linen, and hung a gold chain round his neck. 43He mounted him in his viceroy's chariot and men cried 'Make way!' before him. Thus Pharaoh made him ruler over all Egypt 44and said to him, 'I am the Pharaoh. Without your consent no man shall lift hand or foot throughout Egypt.' 45Pharaoh named him Zaphenath-paneah, and he gave him as wife Asenath the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. And Joseph's authority extended over the whole of Egypt.

46Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. When he took his leave of the king, he made a tour of inspection through the country. 47During the seven years of plenty there were abundant harvests, 48and Joseph gathered all the food produced in Egypt during those years and stored it in the cities, putting in each the food from the surrounding country. 49He stored the grain in huge quantities; it was like the sand of the sea, so much that he stopped measuring: it was beyond all measure.

50Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. 51He named the elder Manasseh That is Causing to forget, 'for', he said, 'God has caused me to forget all my troubles and my father's family.' 52He named the second Ephraim That is Fruit, 'for', he said, 'God has made me fruitful in the land of my hardships.' 53When the seven years of plenty in Egypt came to an end, 54seven years of famine began, as Joseph had foretold. There was famine in every country, but throughout Egypt there was bread. 55So when the famine spread through all Egypt, the people appealed to Pharaoh for bread, and he ordered them to go to Joseph and do as he told them. 56In every region there was famine, and Joseph opened all the granaries and sold corn to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe. 57The whole world came to Egypt to buy corn from Joseph, so severe was the famine everywhere.


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