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Genesis 41 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dream

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:1 -

Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:2 - And behold, from the Nile there came up seven cows, sleek and [fn]fat; and they grazed in the reeds.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:3 - Then behold, seven other cows came up after them from the Nile, [fn]ugly and [fn]thin, and they stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:4 - And the ugly and [fn]thin cows ate up the seven sleek and fat cows. Then Pharaoh awoke.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:5 - He again fell asleep and dreamed a second time; and behold, seven ears of grain came up on a single stalk, plump and good.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:6 - And behold, seven ears, thin and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:7 - And the thin ears swallowed up the seven plump and full ears. Then Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:8 - Now it happened that in the morning his spirit was troubled, so he sent and called for all the [fn]magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. And Pharaoh recounted to them his dream, but there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh.
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Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, “I would bring to remembrance today my own [fn]offenses.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:10 - “Pharaoh was furious with his servants, and he put me in confinement in the house of the captain of the bodyguard, both me and the chief baker.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:11 - “And we had a dream [fn]on the same night, [fn]he and I; each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:12 - “Now there was with us a Hebrew youth, a slave of the captain of the bodyguard, and we recounted them to him, and he interpreted our dreams for us. To each one he interpreted according to his own dream.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:13 - “And just as he interpreted for us, so it happened; he restored me in my [fn]office, but he hanged him.”
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Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they rushed him out of the pit; and he shaved himself and changed his clothes, and he came to Pharaoh.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:15 - And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, but no one can interpret it; yet I have heard [fn]it said about you, that [fn]you hear a dream and that you can interpret it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:16 - Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, “[fn]It is not in me; God will [fn]answer concerning the welfare of Pharaoh.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:17 - So Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, “In my dream, behold, I was standing on the bank of the Nile;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:18 - and behold, seven cows, [fn]fat and sleek came up out of the Nile, and they grazed in the reeds.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:19 - “And behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and lean, such as I had never seen in all the land of Egypt, in regard to [fn]ugliness;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:20 - and the lean and ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:21 - “But they [fn]devoured them, and yet it could not be known that they had [fn]devoured them. [fn]For they were just as ugly as [fn]before. Then I awoke.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:22 - “Then I saw also in my dream, and behold, seven ears, full and good, came up on a single stalk;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:23 - and behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:24 - and the thin ears swallowed the seven good ears. So I told it to the [fn]magicians, but there was no one who could declare it to me.”
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Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh’s [fn]dreams are one and the same; God has declared to Pharaoh what He is about to do.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:26 - “The seven good cows are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years; the [fn]dreams are one and the same.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:27 - “And the seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven lean ears scorched by the east wind will be seven years of famine.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:28 - [fn]It is as I have spoken to Pharaoh: God has shown to Pharaoh what He is about to do.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:29 - “Behold, seven years of great abundance are coming in all the land of Egypt;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:30 - and after them seven years of famine will arise, and all the abundance will be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine will [fn]ravage the land,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:31 - so that the abundance will be unknown in the land because of that subsequent famine; for it will be very heavy.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:32 - “Now as for the repeating of the dream to Pharaoh twice, it means that the matter is confirmed by God, and God will quickly bring it about.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:33 - “So now let Pharaoh look for a man understanding and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:34 - “Let Pharaoh take action and appoint overseers over the land, and let him exact a fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:35 - “Then let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and let them store up the grain for food in the cities under Pharaoh’s authority, and let them keep watch over it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:36 - “And let the food be appointed for the land for the seven years of famine which will happen in the land of Egypt, so that the land will not be cut off during the famine.”

Joseph Is Set over Egypt

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:37 - And the [fn]proposal seemed good [fn]to Pharaoh and [fn]to all his servants.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:38 - Then Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is a divine spirit?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:39 - So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made you know all of this, there is no one so understanding and wise as you are.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:40 - “You shall be over my house, and according to your [fn]command all my people shall [fn]do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:41 - And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:42 - Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put the gold necklace around his neck.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:43 - And he had him ride in [fn]his second chariot; and they called out before him, “[fn]Bow the knee!” And he set him over all the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:44 - Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Though I am Pharaoh, yet without [fn]your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:45 - Then Pharaoh named Joseph [fn]Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of [fn]On, as a wife. And Joseph went forth over the land of Egypt.
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Now Joseph was thirty years old when he [fn]stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and passed through all the land of Egypt.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:47 - And during the seven years of plenty the land brought forth [fn]abundantly.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:48 - So he gathered all the food of these seven years which happened in the land of Egypt and placed the food in the cities; he placed in every city the food from its own surrounding fields.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:49 - Thus Joseph stored up grain [fn]in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped [fn]measuring it, for it was [fn]beyond measure.

The Sons of Joseph

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Now before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of [fn]On, bore to him.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:51 - And Joseph named the firstborn [fn]Manasseh, “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:52 - And he named the second [fn]Ephraim, “For,” he said, “God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”
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Then the seven years of plenty which had been in the land of Egypt came to an end,

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:54 - and the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said. So there was famine in all the lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:55 - Then all the land of Egypt was famished, and the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, you shall do.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:56 - Now the famine was over all the face of the land. And Joseph opened all [fn]the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians; and the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 41:57 - Now all the earth also came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph because the famine was severe in all the earth.
LSB Footnotes
Lit fat of flesh
Lit bad, so in ch
Lit lean of flesh
Lit lean of flesh
Or soothsayer priests
Or sins
Lit one night
Lit I and he
Lit place
Lit about you, saying
Lit you hear a dream to interpret it
Lit Apart from me
Lit answer the peace of Pharaoh
Lit fat of flesh
Lit badness
Lit entered their inward parts
Lit entered their inward parts
Lit And
Lit in the beginning
Or soothsayer priests
Lit dream is
Lit dream is
Lit That is the thing which I spoke
Lit destroy
Lit word
Lit in the sight of
Lit in the sight of
Lit mouth
Lit kiss
Lit the second...which was his
Or Attention, Make way; Heb Abreck
Lit you no one
Probably Egyptian for “God speaks; he lives”
Or Heliopolis
Or entered the service of
Lit by handfuls
Lit very much
Lit numbering
Or without number
Or Heliopolis
Lit making to forget
Lit fruitfulness
Lit that which was in them
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