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Genesis 41 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Two years later, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing on the bank of the Nile River. 1 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile,
2 In his dream, seven fat, healthy-looking cows suddenly came up out of the river and began grazing along its bank. 2 when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds.
3 Then seven other cows came up from the river, but these were very ugly and gaunt. These cows went over and stood beside the fat cows. 3 After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank.
4 Then the thin, ugly cows ate the fat ones! At this point in the dream, Pharaoh woke up. 4 And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.
5 Soon he fell asleep again and had a second dream. This time he saw seven heads of grain on one stalk, with every kernel well formed and plump. 5 He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk.
6 Then suddenly, seven more heads appeared on the stalk, but these were shriveled and withered by the east wind. 6 After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted--thin and scorched by the east wind.
7 And these thin heads swallowed up the seven plump, well-formed heads! Then Pharaoh woke up again and realized it was a dream. 7 The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.
8 The next morning, as he thought about it, Pharaoh became very concerned as to what the dreams might mean. So he called for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt and told them about his dreams, but not one of them could suggest what they meant. 8 In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him.
9 Then the king's cup-bearer spoke up. "Today I have been reminded of my failure," he said. 9 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, "Today I am reminded of my shortcomings.
10 "Some time ago, you were angry with the chief baker and me, and you imprisoned us in the palace of the captain of the guard. 10 Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard.
11 One night the chief baker and I each had a dream, and each dream had a meaning. 11 Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.
12 We told the dreams to a young Hebrew man who was a servant of the captain of the guard. He told us what each of our dreams meant, 12 Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream.
13 and everything happened just as he said it would. I was restored to my position as cup-bearer, and the chief baker was executed and impaled on a pole." 13 And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was hanged."
14 Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was brought hastily from the dungeon. After a quick shave and change of clothes, he went in and stood in Pharaoh's presence. 14 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.
15 "I had a dream last night," Pharaoh told him, "and none of these men can tell me what it means. But I have heard that you can interpret dreams, and that is why I have called for you." 15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it."
16 "It is beyond my power to do this," Joseph replied. "But God will tell you what it means and will set you at ease." 16 "I cannot do it," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires."
17 So Pharaoh told him the dream. "I was standing on the bank of the Nile River," he said. 17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile,
18 "Suddenly, seven fat, healthy-looking cows came up out of the river and began grazing along its bank. 18 when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds.
19 But then seven other cows came up from the river. They were very thin and gaunt -- in fact, I've never seen such ugly animals in all the land of Egypt. 19 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.
20 These thin, ugly cows ate up the seven fat ones that had come out of the river first, 20 The lean, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first.
21 but afterward they were still as ugly and gaunt as before! Then I woke up." 21 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.
22 "A little later I had another dream. This time there were seven heads of grain on one stalk, and all seven heads were plump and full. 22 "In my dreams I also saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk.
23 Then out of the same stalk came seven withered heads, shriveled by the east wind. 23 After them, seven other heads sprouted--withered and thin and scorched by the east wind.
24 And the withered heads swallowed up the plump ones! I told these dreams to my magicians, but not one of them could tell me what they mean." 24 The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads. I told this to the magicians, but none could explain it to me."
25 "Both dreams mean the same thing," Joseph told Pharaoh. "God was telling you what he is about to do. 25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.
26 The seven fat cows and the seven plump heads of grain both represent seven years of prosperity. 26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream.
27 The seven thin, ugly cows and the seven withered heads of grain represent seven years of famine. 27 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.
28 This will happen just as I have described it, for God has shown you what he is about to do. 28 "It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.
29 The next seven years will be a period of great prosperity throughout the land of Egypt. 29 Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt,
30 But afterward there will be seven years of famine so great that all the prosperity will be forgotten and wiped out. Famine will destroy the land. 30 but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land.
31 This famine will be so terrible that even the memory of the good years will be erased. 31 The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe.
32 As for having the dream twice, it means that the matter has been decreed by God and that he will make these events happen soon." 32 The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.
33 "My suggestion is that you find the wisest man in Egypt and put him in charge of a nationwide program. 33 "And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt.
34 Let Pharaoh appoint officials over the land, and let them collect one-fifth of all the crops during the seven good years. 34 Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.
35 Have them gather all the food and grain of these good years into the royal storehouses, and store it away so there will be food in the cities. 35 They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food.
36 That way there will be enough to eat when the seven years of famine come. Otherwise disaster will surely strike the land, and all the people will die." 36 This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine."
37 Joseph's suggestions were well received by Pharaoh and his advisers. 37 The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials.
38 As they discussed who should be appointed for the job, Pharaoh said, "Who could do it better than Joseph? For he is a man who is obviously filled with the spirit of God." 38 So Pharaoh asked them, "Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God ?"
39 Turning to Joseph, Pharaoh said, "Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, you are the wisest man in the land! 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.
40 I hereby appoint you to direct this project. You will manage my household and organize all my people. Only I will have a rank higher than yours." 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you."
41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt." 41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt."
42 Then Pharaoh placed his own signet ring on Joseph's finger as a symbol of his authority. He dressed him in beautiful clothing and placed the royal gold chain about his neck. 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph's finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.
43 Pharaoh also gave Joseph the chariot of his second-in-command, and wherever he went the command was shouted, "Kneel down!" So Joseph was put in charge of all Egypt. 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and men shouted before him, "Make way !" Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
44 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am the king, but no one will move a hand or a foot in the entire land of Egypt without your approval." 44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt."
45 Pharaoh renamed him Zaphenath-paneah and gave him a wife -- a young woman named Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, priest of Heliopolis. So Joseph took charge of the entire land of Egypt. 45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.
46 He was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. And when Joseph left Pharaoh's presence, he made a tour of inspection throughout the land. 46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh's presence and traveled throughout Egypt.
47 And sure enough, for the next seven years there were bumper crops everywhere. 47 During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully.
48 During those years, Joseph took a portion of all the crops grown in Egypt and stored them for the government in nearby cities. 48 Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it.
49 After seven years, the granaries were filled to overflowing. There was so much grain, like sand on the seashore, that the people could not keep track of the amount. 49 Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.
50 During this time, before the arrival of the first of the famine years, two sons were born to Joseph and his wife, Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, priest of Heliopolis. 50 Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.
51 Joseph named his older son Manasseh, for he said, "God has made me forget all my troubles and the family of my father." 51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, "It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father's household."
52 Joseph named his second son Ephraim, for he said, "God has made me fruitful in this land of my suffering." 52 The second son he named Ephraim and said, "It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering."
53 At last the seven years of plenty came to an end. 53 The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end,
54 Then the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had predicted. There were crop failures in all the surrounding countries, too, but in Egypt there was plenty of grain in the storehouses. 54 and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food.
55 Throughout the land of Egypt the people began to starve. They pleaded with Pharaoh for food, and he told them, "Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you." 55 When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph and do what he tells you."
56 So with severe famine everywhere in the land, Joseph opened up the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians. 56 When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt.
57 And people from surrounding lands also came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph because the famine was severe throughout the world. 57 And all the countries came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the world.