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,
all of which Joseph collected and stored in the cities. In each city he stored the food from the fields around it.
There was so much grain that Joseph stopped measuring it - it was like the sand of the sea.
Before the years of famine came, Joseph had two sons by Asenath.
He said, "God has made me forget all my sufferings and all my father's family"; so he named his first son Manasseh.
He also said, "God has given me children in the land of my trouble"; so he named his second son Ephraim.
The seven years of plenty that the land of Egypt had enjoyed came to an end,
and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in every other country, but there was food throughout Egypt. 1
When the Egyptians began to be hungry, they cried out to the king for food. So he ordered them to go to Joseph and do what he told them. 2