The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterward are seven years, and so are the seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind: They are seven years of famine.128
"It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.229
Seven years of great abundance3 are coming throughout the land of Egypt,
but seven years of famine4 will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land.531
The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe.
The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided6 by God, and God will do it soon.733
"And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man8 and put him in charge of the land of Egypt.934
Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners10 over the land to take a fifth11 of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.1235
They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food.1336
This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt,14 so that the country may not be ruined by the famine."
The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials.15