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41 1 Nearly two years later Pharaoh had a dream: he was standing by the Nile, 41 2 and there came up from the river seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed on the reeds. 41 3 After them seven other cows came up from the river, gaunt and lean, and stood on the river-bank beside the first cows. 41 4 The cows that were gaunt and lean devoured the cows that were sleek and fat. Then Pharaoh woke up. 41 5 He fell asleep again and had a second dream: he saw seven ears of corn, full and ripe, growing on one stalk. 41 6 Growing up after them were seven other ears, thin and shrivelled by the east wind. 41 7 The thin ears swallowed up the ears that were full and ripe. Then Pharaoh woke up and knew that it was a dream. 41 8 When 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.

41 9 Then Pharaoh's chief butler spoke up and said, 'It is time for me to recall my faults. 41 10 Once Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard. 41 11 One night we both had dreams, each needing its own interpretation. 41 12 We 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. 41 13 Each dream came true as it had been interpreted to us: I was restored to my position, and he was hanged.'

41 14 Pharaoah thereupon sent for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon. He shaved and changed his clothes, and came in to Pharaoh. 41 15 Pharaoah 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.' 41 16 Joseph answered, 'Not I, but God, will answer for Pharaoh's welfare.' 41 17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile, 41 18 and there came up from the river seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed on the reeds. 41 19 After them seven other cows came up that were poor, very gaunt and lean; I have never seen such gaunt creatures in all Egypt. 41 20 These lean, gaunt cows devoured the first cows, the fat ones. 41 21 They 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. 41 22 After I had fallen asleep again, I saw in a dream seven ears of corn, full and ripe, growing on one stalk. 41 23 Growing up after them were seven other ears, shrivelled, thin, and blighted by the east wind. 41 24 The thin ears swallowed up the seven ripe ears. When I told all this to the magicians, no one could explain it to me.'

41 25 Joseph said to Pharaoh, 'Pharaoh's dreams are one dream. God has told Pharaoh what he is going to do. 41 26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears of corn are seven years. It is all one dream. 41 27 The 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. 41 28 It is as I have said to Pharaoh: God has let Pharaoh see what he is going to do. 41 29 There are to be seven years of great plenty throughout the land 41 30 After them will come seven years of famine; all the years of plenty in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ruin the country. 41 31 The good years will not be remembered in the land because of the famine that follows; for it will be very severe. 41 32 The doubling of Pharaoh's dream means that God is already resolved to do this, and he will very soon put it into effect. 41 33 Pharaoh should now look for a shrewd and intelligent man, and put him in charge of the country. 41 34 This 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. 41 35 They 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. 41 36 This 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.


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