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Genesis 41:1-13 And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed.(which pharaoh was this one?). And, behold, he stood by the river. And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fat fleshed and they fed in a meadow. And, behold, seven other kine.(plural of cow).came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and lean fleshed and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river. And the ill favoured and lean fleshed 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, rank and good. And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them. And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke and behold, it was a dream. And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all the wise men thereof. And Pharaoh told them his dream, but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh. Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh saying, I do remember my faults this day when Pharaoh was wroth with his servants and put me in ward in the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker. And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he. We dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream.

Genesis 41:12 And there was there with us a young 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.

Genesis 41:13,14 And 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 called Joseph and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon. And he shaved himself and changed his raiment and came in unto Pharaoh. 

Genesis 41:15,16 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, It is not in me. God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

Genesis 41:17-22 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river. And behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured and they fed in a meadow. And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and lean fleshed, 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 eaten 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 good.

Genesis 41:23 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.

Genesis 41:24 And I told this unto the magicians, but there was none that could declare it to me.

Genesis 41:25 And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one.(it wasn't disconnected, it was all one dream; about dreams). God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. 

Genesis 41:26,27 The seven good kine.(plural of cow).are 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 seven years of famine.

Genesis 41:28 This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh. What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh.

Genesis 41:29-31 Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt. And there shall arise after them seven years of famine and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt and the famine shall consume the land; And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following, for it shall be very grievous.

Genesis 41:32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice.(there was a repeating of the dream to Pharaoh; twice it was repeated); it is because the thing is established by God and God will shortly bring it to pass.

Genesis 41:33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise and set him over the land of Egypt. 

Genesis 41:34-36 Let Pharaoh do this and let him appoint officers over the land and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. And let them gather all the food of those good years that come and lay up corn under 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 not through the famine. 

Genesis 41:37,38 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

Genesis 41:39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God has showed you all this, there is none so discreet and wise as you are.

Genesis 41:40,41 You shalt be over my house and according unto your word shall all my people be ruled. Only in the throne will I be greater than you. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.

Genesis 41:42,43 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand and put it upon Joseph's hand and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck; And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had and they cried before him, Bow the knee..(announcers preceding the procession of chariots were declaring to the people 'bow the knee' which let the people know that whomever was in the chariots were administrators of the land and its affairs; it was a way of introducing those new to positions of power; the bending one knee was for recognition of the office of those in the procession, a pointing out to the people who they were)

Genesis 41:44 And he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.

Genesis 41:45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On.(Genesis 46:20; Jeremiah 43:10-13).

Asenath had two sons by Joseph. They were Ephraim and Manasseh. Manasseh was the eldest. There was also an evil king who later changed. He had the same name, Manasseh.

Genesis 41:46 And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt. And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

Genesis 41:47-49 And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls. And he gathered up all 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 in the same. And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering, for it was without number.

Genesis 41:50-52 And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On.(verse 45 above).bare unto him. And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. For God, said he, has made me forget all my toil and all my father's house.(speaking of the hard time he had with his brothers who were jealous of him:.Genesis 37:18-28). And the name of the second called he Ephraim, For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

Genesis 41:53,54 And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt were ended. And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said. And the dearth was in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.

Genesis 41:55-57 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, 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 all the storehouses and sold unto the Egyptians and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt. And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn, because that the famine was so sore in all lands.


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