Now it happened at the end of two fullyears that Pharaohhad a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile.
And lo, from the Nile there came up sevencows, sleek and afat; and they grazed in the 1marshgrass.
Then behold, sevenothercowscame up after them from the Nile, ugly and bgaunt , and they stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile.
The ugly and cgauntcowsate up the sevensleek and fatcows. Then Pharaohawoke.
He fellasleep and dreamed a secondtime; and behold, sevenears of graincame up on a singlestalk, plump and good.
Then behold, sevenears, thin and scorched by the eastwind, sprouted up after them.
The thinearsswallowed up the sevenplump and fullears. Then Pharaohawoke, and behold, it was a dream.
Now in the morning2his spirit was troubled, so he sent and called for all the d3magicians of Egypt, and all its 4wisemen. And Pharaohtold them his edreams, but 5there was noone who could interpret them to Pharaoh.
Then the chiefcupbearerspoke to Pharaoh, saying, "I would make mentiontoday of 6my own foffenses.
10"Pharaoh was 7furious with his servants, and 8he put me in confinement in the house of the captain of the bodyguard, both me and the chiefbaker.
"9We had a dreamgon the samenight, hhe and I; each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream.
"Now a Hebrewyouth was with us there, a 10servant of the captain of the bodyguard, and we related them to him, and 11he interpreted our dreams for us. To eachone he interpreted according to his own dream.
"And just12as he interpreted for us, so it happened; he restored me in my ioffice, but he hanged him."
Then Pharaohsent and 13called for Joseph, and they 14hurriedlybrought him out of the dungeon; and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh.
15Pharaohsaid to Joseph, "I have had a dream, 15but noone can interpret it; and 16I have heardjit saidabout you, that kwhen you hear a dream you can interpret it."
16Joseph then answeredPharaoh, saying, "l17It is not in me; 18God will mgivePharaoh a favorableanswer."
So Pharaohspoke to Joseph, "In my dream, behold, I was standing on the bank of the Nile;
and behold, sevencows, nfat and sleekcame up out of the Nile, and they grazed in the marshgrass.
19"Lo, sevenothercowscame up after them, poor and veryugly and ogaunt , such as I had neverseen for pugliness in all the land of Egypt;
and the lean and quglycowsate up the firstsevenfatcows.
"Yet when they had rdevoured them, it could not be sdetected that they had tdevoured them, ufor they were just as ugly as vbefore. Then I awoke.
"I saw also in my dream, and behold, sevenears, full and good, came up on a singlestalk;
and lo, sevenears, withered, thin, and scorched by the eastwind, sprouted up after them;
and the thinearsswallowed the sevengoodears. Then 19I told it to the wmagicians, but there was noone who could explain it to me."
Now Josephsaid to Pharaoh, "Pharaoh'sxdreams are one and the same; 20God has told to Pharaohwhat He is about to do.
"The sevengoodcows are sevenyears; and the sevengoodears are sevenyears; the ydreams are one and the same.
"The sevenlean and uglycows that came up after them are sevenyears, and the seventhinearsscorched by the eastwind21will be sevenyears of famine.
"zIt is as I have spoken to Pharaoh: 22God has shown to Pharaohwhat He is about to do.
29"Behold, 23sevenyears of greatabundance are coming in all the land of Egypt;
and after them 24sevenyears of famine will aacome, and all the abundance will be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine will bbravage the land.
"So the abundance will be unknown in the landbecause of that subsequentfamine; for it will be verysevere.
"Now as for the repeating of the dream to Pharaohtwice, it means that 25the matter is determined by God, and God will quicklybring it about.
33"Now let Pharaohlook for a man26discerning and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
"Let Pharaohtakeaction to appointoverseersccin charge of the land, and let him exact a fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the sevenyears of abundance.
"Then let them 27gatherall the food of thesegoodyears that are coming, and store up the grain for food in the citiesunderPharaoh'sauthority, and let them guard it.
"Let the foodbecome as a reserve for the land for the sevenyears of faminewhich will occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land will not perish during the famine."
Now the ddproposalseemedgoodeeto Pharaoh and ffto all his servants.
Then Pharaohsaid to his servants, "Can we find a man like this, 28in whom is a divinespirit?"
So Pharaohsaid to Joseph, "SinceGod has informed you of allthis, there is noone so 29discerning and wise as you are.
"30You shall be over my house, and according to your ggcommandall my people shall hhdohomage; only in the throne I will be greaterthan you."
41Pharaohsaid to Joseph, "See, I have set you 31overall the land of Egypt."
Then Pharaoh32tookoff his signetring from his hand and put it on Joseph'shand, and clothed him in garments of finelinen and 33put the goldnecklacearound his neck.
He had him ride in iihis secondchariot; and they proclaimedbefore him, "jjBow the knee!" And he set him overall the land of Egypt.
Moreover, Pharaohsaid to Joseph, "Though I am Pharaoh, yet 34withoutkkyour permission noone shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt."
Then PharaohnamedJosephllZaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potipherapriest of mm35On, as his wife. And Josephwentforthover the land of Egypt.
Now Joseph was 36thirtyyearsold when he nnstoodbeforePharaoh, king of Egypt. And Josephwent out from the presence of Pharaoh and wentthroughall the land of Egypt.
During the sevenyears of plenty the landbroughtforthooabundantly.
So he gatheredall the food of these sevenyearswhichoccurred in the land of Egypt and placed the food in the cities; he placed in every city the food from its own surroundingfields.
Thus Josephstored up grainppin greatabundance like the sand of the sea, until he stoppedqqmeasuring it, for it was rrbeyondmeasure.
Now before the year of faminecame, 37twosons were born to Joseph, whomAsenath, the daughter of Potipherapriest of ssOn, bore to him.
51Josephnamed the firstbornttManasseh, "For," he said, "God has made me forgetall my trouble and all my father'shousehold."
He named the seconduuEphraim, "For," he said, "38God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction."
When the sevenyears of plentywhich had been in the land of Egyptcame to an end,
and 39the sevenyears of faminebegan to come, just as Joseph had said, then there was famine in all the lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the peoplecried out to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaohsaid to all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph; 40whatever he says to you, you shall do."
When the famine was spread overall the face of the earth, then Josephopenedallvvthe storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians; and the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.
The people of all the earthcame to Egypt to buygrain from Joseph, because41the famine was severe in all the earth.