The king and his officials approved this plan,
and he said to them, "We will never find a better man than Joseph, a man who has God's spirit in him."
The king said to Joseph, "God has shown you all this, so it is obvious that you have greater wisdom and insight than anyone else.
I will put you in charge of my country, and all my people will obey your orders. Your authority will be second only to mine. 1
I now appoint you governor over all Egypt."
The king removed from his finger the ring engraved with the royal seal and put it on Joseph's finger. He put a fine linen robe on him, and placed a gold chain around his neck. 2
He gave him the second royal chariot to ride in, and his guard of honor went ahead of him and cried out, "Make way! Make way!" And so Joseph was appointed governor over all Egypt.
The king said to him, "I am the king - and no one in all Egypt shall so much as lift a hand or a foot without your permission."
He gave Joseph the Egyptian name Zaphenath Paneah, and he gave him a wife, Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, a priest in the city of Heliopolis. Joseph was thirty years old when he began to serve the king of Egypt. He left the king's court and traveled all over the land.
During the seven years of plenty the land produced abundant crops,