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Genesis 41:23

Overview - Genesis 41
Pharaoh has two dreams.
Joseph interprets them.
33 He gives Pharaoh counsel, and is highly advanced, and married.
46 The seven years of plenty.
50 He begets children.
53 The famine begins.
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Genesis 41:23  (King James Version)
And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them:
 


withered
or, small. thin.
6 ; 2 Kings 19:26 ; Psalms 129:6 Psalms 129:7 ; Hosea 8:7 ; 9:16 13:15

blasted
All the mischief done to corn or fruit by blasting, smutting, mildew, etc
are attributed to the east wind. (See Parallel Passages.) In Egypt it is peculiarly destructive, because it comes through the parched deserts of Arabia, often destroying vast numbers of people. The destructive nature of the {Sam, Simoom, Smoom,} or {Samiel,} is mentioned by almost all travellers. When this pestilential wind advances, its approach is indicated by a redness in the air. The principal stream of the blast always moves in a line of about 20 yards in breadth, and 12 feet above the surface of the earth; but its parching influence pervades all places to a considerable distance. The only means of preservation from its noxious influence is to lie flat, with the face upon the ground, till the blast be over. Camels and other animals instinctively perceive its approach, and bury their mouths and nostrils in the ground. It rarely last more than seven or eight minutes, but so poisonous are its effects, that it instantly suffocates those who are unfortunate enough to inhale it.
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