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"
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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
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The seven good cows4 are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream.
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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
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"It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.6
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Seven years of great abundance7 are coming throughout the land of Egypt,
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but seven years of famine8 will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land.9
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