Then Pharaoh sent and 1called for Joseph, and they 2hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh.
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Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have had a dream, 3but no one can interpret it; and 4I have heard it said about you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it."
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Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, "5It is not in me; 6God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer."
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So Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, "In my dream, behold, I was standing on the bank of the Nile;
and behold, seven cows, fat and sleek came up out of the Nile, and they grazed in the marsh grass.
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"Lo, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt , such as I had never seen for ugliness in all the land of Egypt;
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and the lean and ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows.
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"Yet when they had devoured them, it could not be detected that they had devoured them, for they were just as ugly as before. Then I awoke.
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"I saw also in my dream, and behold, seven ears, full and good, came up on a single stalk;
and lo, seven ears, withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them;
and the thin ears swallowed the seven good ears. Then 7I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me."
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Now Joseph said to Pharaoh, "Pharaoh's dreams are one and the same; 8God has told to Pharaoh what He is about to do.
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"The seven good cows are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one and the same.
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"The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven thin ears scorched by the east wind 9will be seven years of famine.
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"It is as I have spoken to Pharaoh: 10God has shown to Pharaoh what He is about to do.
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"Behold, 11seven years of great abundance are coming in all the land of Egypt;
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and after them 12seven years of famine will come, and all the abundance will be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine will ravage the land.
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"So the abundance will be unknown in the land because of that subsequent famine; for it will be very severe.
"Now as for the repeating of the dream to Pharaoh twice, it means that 13the matter is determined by God, and God will quickly bring it about.
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"Now let Pharaoh look for a man 14discerning and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
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"Let Pharaoh take action to appoint overseers in charge of the land, and let him exact a fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance.
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"Then let them 15gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and store up the grain for food in the cities under Pharaoh's authority, and let them guard it.
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"Let the food become as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which will occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land will not perish during the famine."
Now the proposal seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his servants.
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Then Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find a man like this, 16in whom is a divine spirit?"
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So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so 17discerning and wise as you are.
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"18You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you."
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Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have set you 19over all the land of Egypt."
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Then Pharaoh 20took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph's hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and 21put the gold necklace around his neck.
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He had him ride in his second chariot; and they proclaimed before him, "Bow the knee!" And he set him over all the land of Egypt.
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Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Though I am Pharaoh, yet 22without your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt."
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