After them, seven other cows came up--scrawny and very ugly and lean. I had never seen such ugly cows in all the land of Egypt.
The lean, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first.
But even after they ate them, no one could tell that they had done so; they looked just as ugly as before. Then I woke up.
"In my dreams I also saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk.
After them, seven other heads sprouted--withered and thin and scorched by the east wind.
The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads. I told this to the magicians, but none could explain it to me.1"
References for Genesis 41:24
Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same.2 God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.3
References for Genesis 41:25
The seven good cows4 are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream.
References for Genesis 41:26
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.5
References for Genesis 41:27
"It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.6
References for Genesis 41:28
Seven years of great abundance7 are coming throughout the land of Egypt,
References for Genesis 41:29