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Genesis 41:37-57

Joseph Rises to Power

37 This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants.
38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find a man like this, 1in whom is the Spirit of God?"a
39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are.
40 2You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command.b Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you."
41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, 3I have set you over all the land of Egypt."
42 Then Pharaoh 4took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph's hand, and 5clothed him in garments of fine linen 6and put a gold chain about his neck.
43 And he made him ride in his second chariot. 7And they called out before him, "Bow the knee!"c Thus he set him 8over all the land of Egypt.
44 Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, and 9without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt."
45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.
46 Joseph was thirty years old when he 10entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt.
47 During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly,
48 and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it.
49 And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, 11like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.
50 Before the year of famine came, 12two sons were born to Joseph. Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore them to him.
51 Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. "For," he said, "God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's house."d
52 The name of the second he called Ephraim, "For God has 13made me fruitful in the land of my affliction."e
53 The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end,
54 and 14the seven years of famine began to come, 15as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
55 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."
56 So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehousesf and 16sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.
57 Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe 17over all the earth.
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