"It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.129
Seven years of great abundance2 are coming throughout the land of Egypt,
but seven years of famine3 will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land.431
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 decided5 by God, and God will do it soon.633
"And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man7 and put him in charge of the land of Egypt.834
Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners9 over the land to take a fifth10 of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.1135
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.1236
This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt,13 so that the country may not be ruined by the famine."
The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials.1438
So Pharaoh asked them, "Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of Goda ?"15