So Pharao told what he had dreamed: Me thought I stood upon the bank of the river,
And seven kine came up out of the river, exceeding beautiful and full of flesh: and they grazed on green places in a marshy pasture.
And behold, there followed these, other seven kine, so very ill favoured and lean, that I never saw the like in the land of Egypt:
And they devoured and consumed the former,
And yet gave no mark of their being full: but were as lean and ill favoured as before. I awoke, and then fell asleep again,
And dreamed a dream: Seven ears of corn grew up upon one stalk, full and very fair.
Other seven also thin and blasted, sprung of the stalk:
And they devoured the beauty of the former: I told this dream to the conjecturers, and there is no man that can expound it.
Joseph answered: The king’s dream is one: God hath shewn to Pharao what he is about to do.
The seven beautiful kine, and the seven full ears, are seven years of plenty: and both contain the same meaning of the dream.
And the seven lean and thin kine that came up after them, and the seven thin ears that were blasted with the burning wind, are seven years of famine to come: