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katapi HOME Genesis 41:37-57 - JOSEPH: Governor of Egypt.  Gn.41.37-57

41 37 The plan pleased Pharaoh and all his courtiers, 41 38 and 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?' 41 39 He 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. 41 40 You 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.' 41 41 Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'I hereby give you authority over the whole land of Egypt.' 41 42 He 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. 41 43 He mounted him in his viceroy's chariot and men cried 'Make way!' before him. Thus Pharaoh made him ruler over all Egypt 41 44 and said to him, 'I am the Pharaoh. Without your consent no man shall lift hand or foot throughout Egypt.' 41 45 Pharaoh 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.

41 46 Joseph 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. 41 47 During the seven years of plenty there were abundant harvests, 41 48 and 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. 41 49 He 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.

41 50 Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. 41 51 He 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.' 41 52 He named the second Ephraim That is Fruit, 'for', he said, 'God has made me fruitful in the land of my hardships.'

41 53 When the seven years of plenty in Egypt came to an end, 41 54 seven years of famine began, as Joseph had foretold. There was famine in every country, but throughout Egypt there was bread. 41 55 So 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. 41 56 In every region there was famine, and Joseph opened all the granaries and sold corn to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe. 41 57 The whole world came to Egypt to buy corn from Joseph, so severe was the famine everywhere.


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