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Genesis 41

MSG 1 Two years passed and Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile River. NIV 1 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, MSG 2 Seven cows came up out of the Nile, all shimmering with health, and grazed on the marsh grass. NIV 2 when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. MSG 3 Then seven other cows, all skin and bones, came up out of the river after them and stood by them on the bank of the Nile. NIV 3 After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. MSG 4 The skinny cows ate the seven healthy cows. Then Pharaoh woke up. NIV 4 And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up. MSG 5 He went back to sleep and dreamed a second time: Seven ears of grain, full-bodied and lush, grew out of a single stalk. NIV 5 He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk. MSG 6 Then seven more ears grew up, but these were thin and dried out by the east wind. NIV 6 After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted--thin and scorched by the east wind. MSG 7 The thin ears swallowed up the full, healthy ears. Then Pharaoh woke up - another dream. NIV 7 The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream. MSG 8 When morning came, he was upset. He sent for all the magicians and sages of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but they couldn't interpret them to him. NIV 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. MSG 9 The head cupbearer then spoke up and said to Pharaoh, "I just now remembered something - I'm sorry, I should have told you this long ago. NIV 9 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, "Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. MSG 10 Once when Pharaoh got angry with his servants, he locked me and the head baker in the house of the captain of the guard. NIV 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. MSG 11 We both had dreams on the same night, each dream with its own meaning. NIV 11 Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. MSG 12 It so happened that there was a young Hebrew slave there with us; he belonged to the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams and he interpreted them for us, each dream separately. NIV 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. MSG 13 Things turned out just as he interpreted. I was returned to my position and the head baker was impaled." NIV 13 And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was hanged." MSG 14 Pharaoh at once sent for Joseph. They brought him on the run from the jail cell. He cut his hair, put on clean clothes, and came to Pharaoh. NIV 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. MSG 15 "I dreamed a dream," Pharaoh told Joseph. "Nobody can interpret it. But I've heard that just by hearing a dream you can interpret it." NIV 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." MSG 16 Joseph answered, "Not I, but God. God will set Pharaoh's mind at ease." NIV 16 "I cannot do it," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires." MSG 17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile. NIV 17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile, MSG 18 Seven cows, shimmering with health, came up out of the river and grazed on the marsh grass. NIV 18 when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds. MSG 19 On their heels seven more cows, all skin and bones, came up. I've never seen uglier cows anywhere in Egypt. NIV 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. MSG 20 Then the seven skinny, ugly cows ate up the first seven healthy cows. NIV 20 The lean, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first. MSG 21 But you couldn't tell by looking - after eating them up they were just as skinny and ugly as before. Then I woke up. NIV 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. MSG 22 "In my second dream I saw seven ears of grain, full-bodied and lush, growing out of a single stalk, NIV 22 "In my dreams I also saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk. MSG 23 and right behind them, seven other ears, shriveled, thin, and dried out by the east wind. NIV 23 After them, seven other heads sprouted--withered and thin and scorched by the east wind. MSG 24 And the thin ears swallowed up the full ears. I've told all this to the magicians but they can't figure it out." NIV 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." MSG 25 Joseph said to Pharaoh, "Pharaoh's two dreams both mean the same thing. God is telling Pharaoh what he is going to do. NIV 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. MSG 26 The seven healthy cows are seven years and the seven healthy ears of grain are seven years - they're the same dream. NIV 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. MSG 27 The seven sick and ugly cows that followed them up are seven years and the seven scrawny ears of grain dried out by the east wind are the same - seven years of famine. NIV 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. MSG 28 "The meaning is what I said earlier: God is letting Pharaoh in on what he is going to do. NIV 28 "It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. MSG 29 Seven years of plenty are on their way throughout Egypt. NIV 29 Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, MSG 30 But on their heels will come seven years of famine, leaving no trace of the Egyptian plenty. As the country is emptied by famine, NIV 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. MSG 31 there won't be even a scrap left of the previous plenty - the famine will be total. NIV 31 The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe. MSG 32 The fact that Pharaoh dreamed the same dream twice emphasizes God's determination to do this and do it soon. NIV 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. MSG 33 "So: Pharaoh needs to look for a wise and experienced man and put him in charge of the country. NIV 33 "And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. MSG 34 Then Pharaoh needs to appoint managers throughout the country of Egypt to organize it during the years of plenty. NIV 34 Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. MSG 35 Their job will be to collect all the food produced in the good years ahead and stockpile the grain under Pharaoh's authority, storing it in the towns for food. NIV 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. MSG 36 This grain will be held back to be used later during the seven years of famine that are coming on Egypt. This way the country won't be devastated by the famine." NIV 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." MSG 37 This seemed like a good idea to Pharaoh and his officials. NIV 37 The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. MSG 38 Then Pharaoh said to his officials, "Isn't this the man we need? Are we going to find anyone else who has God's spirit in him like this?" NIV 38 So Pharaoh asked them, "Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God ?" MSG 39 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "You're the man for us. God has given you the inside story - no one is as qualified as you in experience and wisdom. NIV 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. MSG 40 From now on, you're in charge of my affairs; all my people will report to you. Only as king will I be over you." NIV 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." MSG 41 So Pharaoh commissioned Joseph: "I'm putting you in charge of the entire country of Egypt." NIV 41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt." MSG 42 Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his finger and slipped it on Joseph's hand. He outfitted him in robes of the best linen and put a gold chain around his neck. NIV 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. MSG 43 He put the second-in-command chariot at his disposal, and as he rode people shouted "Bravo!" Joseph was in charge of the entire country of Egypt. NIV 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. MSG 44 Pharaoh told Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, but no one in Egypt will make a single move without your stamp of approval." NIV 44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt." MSG 45 Then Pharaoh gave Joseph an Egyptian name, Zaphenath-Paneah (God Speaks and He Lives). He also gave him an Egyptian wife, Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, the priest of On (Heliopolis). And Joseph took up his duties over the land of Egypt. NIV 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. MSG 46 Joseph was thirty years old when he went to work for Pharaoh the king of Egypt. As soon as Joseph left Pharaoh's presence, he began his work in Egypt. NIV 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. MSG 47 During the next seven years of plenty the land produced bumper crops. NIV 47 During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. MSG 48 Joseph gathered up the food of the seven good years in Egypt and stored the food in cities. In each city he stockpiled surplus from the surrounding fields. NIV 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. MSG 49 Joseph collected so much grain - it was like the sand of the ocean! - that he finally quit keeping track. NIV 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. MSG 50 Joseph had two sons born to him before the years of famine came. Asenath, daughter of Potiphera the priest of On, was their mother. NIV 50 Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. MSG 51 Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh (Forget), saying, "God made me forget all my hardships and my parental home." NIV 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." MSG 52 He named his second son Ephraim (Double Prosperity), saying, "God has prospered me in the land of my sorrow." NIV 52 The second son he named Ephraim and said, "It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering." MSG 53 Then Egypt's seven good years came to an end NIV 53 The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, MSG 54 and the seven years of famine arrived, just as Joseph had said. All countries experienced famine; Egypt was the only country that had bread. NIV 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. MSG 55 When the famine spread throughout Egypt, the people called out in distress to Pharaoh, calling for bread. He told the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph. Do what he tells you." NIV 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." MSG 56 As the famine got worse all over the country, Joseph opened the storehouses and sold emergency supplies to the Egyptians. The famine was very bad. NIV 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. MSG 57 Soon the whole world was coming to buy supplies from Joseph. The famine was bad all over. NIV 57 And all the countries came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the world.