The king said, "I dreamed that I was standing on the bank of the Nile,
when seven cows, fat and sleek, came up out of the river and began feeding on the grass.
Then seven other cows came up which were thin and bony. They were the poorest cows I have ever seen anywhere in Egypt.
The thin cows ate up the fat ones,
but no one would have known it, because they looked just as bad as before. Then I woke up.
I also dreamed that I saw seven heads of grain which were full and ripe, growing on one stalk.
Then seven heads of grain sprouted, thin and scorched by the desert wind,
and the thin heads of grain swallowed the full ones. I told the dreams to the magicians, but none of them could explain them to me."
Joseph said to the king, "The two dreams mean the same thing; God has told you what he is going to do.
The seven fat cows are seven years, and the seven full heads of grain are also seven years; they have the same meaning.
The seven thin cows which came up later and the seven thin heads of grain scorched by the desert wind are seven years of famine.