Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, a "For," he said, "God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's house."
The second he named Ephraim, b "For God has made me fruitful in the land of my misfortunes."
The seven years of plenty that prevailed in the land of Egypt came to an end;
and the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in every country, but throughout the land of Egypt there was bread.
When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph; what he says to you, do."
And since the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses, c and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.
Moreover, all the world came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine became severe throughout the world.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (New Revised Standard Bible Version Online)