Genesis 41; Genesis 42

1 After two years Pharao had a dream. He thought he stood by the river, 2 Out of which came up seven kine, very beautiful and fat: and they fed in marshy places. 3 Other seven also came up out of the river, ill favoured, and lean fleshed: and they fed on the very bank of the river, in green places: 4 And they devoured them, whose bodies were very beautiful and well conditioned. So Pharao awoke. 5 He slept again, and dreamed another dream: Seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk full and fair: 6 Then seven other ears sprung up thin and blasted, 7 And devoured all the beauty of the former. Pharao awaked after his rest: 8 And when morning was come, being struck with fear, he sent to all the interpreters of Egypt, and to all the wise men: and they being called for, he told them his dream, and there was not any one that could interpret it. 9 Then at length the chief butler remembering, said: I confess my sin: 10 The king being angry with his servants, commanded me and the chief baker to be cast into the prison of the captain of the soldiers. 11 Where in one night both of us dreamed a dream foreboding things to come. 12 There was there a young man a Hebrew, servant to the same captain of the soldiers: to whom we told our dreams, 13 And we heard what afterwards the event of the thing proved to be so. For I was restored to my office: and he was hanged upon a gibbet. 14 Forthwith at the king’s command Joseph was brought out of the prison, and they shaved him: and changing his apparel brought him in to him. 15 And he said to him: I have dreamed dreams, and there is no one that can expound them: Now I have heard that thou art very wise at interpreting them: 16 Joseph answered: Without me, God shall give Pharao a prosperous answer. 17 So Pharao told what he had dreamed: Me thought I stood upon the bank of the river, 18 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. 19 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: 20 And they devoured and consumed the former, 21 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, 22 And dreamed a dream: Seven ears of corn grew up upon one stalk, full and very fair. 23 Other seven also thin and blasted, sprung of the stalk: 24 And they devoured the beauty of the former: I told this dream to the conjecturers, and there is no man that can expound it. 25 Joseph answered: The king’s dream is one: God hath shewn to Pharao what he is about to do. 26 The seven beautiful kine, and the seven full ears, are seven years of plenty: and both contain the same meaning of the dream. 27 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: 28 Which shall be fulfilled in this order. 29 Behold, there shall come seven years of great plenty in the whole land of Egypt: 30 After which shall follow other seven years of so great scarcity, that all the abundance before shall be forgotten: for the famine shall consume all the land, 31 And the greatness of the scarcity shall destroy the greatness of the plenty. 32 And for that thou didst see the second time a dream pertaining to the same thing: it is a token of the certainty, and that the word of God cometh to pass, and is fulfilled speedily. 33 Now therefore let the king provide a wise and industrious man, and make him ruler over the land of Egypt: 34 That he may appoint overseers over all the countries: and gather into barns the fifth part of the fruits, during the seven fruitful years, 35 That shall now presently ensue: and let all the corn be laid up, under Pharao’s hands, and be reserved in the cities. 36 And let it be in readiness, against the famine of seven years to come, which shall oppress Egypt, and the land shall not be consumed with scarcity. 37 The counsel pleased Pharao, and all his servants. 38 And he said to them: Can we find such another man, that is full of the spirit of God? 39 He said therefore to Joseph: Seeing God hath shewn thee all that thou hast said, can I find one wiser and one like unto thee? 40 Thou shalt be over my house, and at the commandment of thy mouth all the people shall obey: only in the kingly throne will I be above thee. 41 And again Pharao said to Joseph: Behold, I have appointed thee over the whole land of Egypt. 42 And he took his ring from his own hand, and gave it into his hand: and he put upon him a robe of silk, and put a chain of gold about his neck. 43 And he made him go up into his second chariot, the crier proclaiming that all should bow their knee before him, and that they should know he was made governor over the whole land of Egypt. 44 And the king said to Joseph: I am Pharao: without thy commandment no man shall move hand or foot in all the land of Egypt. 45 And he turned his name, and called him in the Egyptian tongue the saviour of the world. And he gave him to wife Aseneth, the daughter of Putiphare, priest of Heliopolis. Then Joseph went out to the land of Egypt. 46 (Now he was thirty years old when he stood before king Pharao), and he went round all the countries of Egypt. 47 And the fruitfulness of the seven years came: and the corn being bound up into sheaves, was gathered together into the barns of Egypt. 48 And all the abundance of grain was laid up in every city. 49 And there was so great abundance of wheat, that it was equal to the sand of the sea, and the plenty exceeded measure. 50 And before the famine came, Joseph had two sons born: whom Aseneth, the daughter of Putiphare, priest of Heliopolis, bore unto him. 51 And he called the name of the firstborn Manasses, saying: God hath made me to forget all my labours, and my father’s house. 52 And he named the second Ephraim, saying: God hath made me to grow in the land of my poverty. 53 Now when the seven years of plenty that had been in Egypt were passed: 54 The seven years of scarcity, which Joseph had foretold, began to come: and the famine prevailed in the whole world, but there was bread in all the land of Egypt. 55 And when there also they began to be famished, the people cried to Pharao, for food. And he said to them: Go to Joseph: and do all that he shall say to you. 56 And the famine increased daily in all the land: and Joseph opened all the barns, and sold to the Egyptians: for the famine had oppressed them also. 57 And all provinces came into Egypt, to buy food, and to seek some relief of their want.
1 And Jacob hearing that food was sold in Egypt, said to his sons: Why are ye careless? 2 I have heard that wheat is sold in Egypt: Go ye down, and buy us necessaries, that we may live, and not be consumed with want. 3 So the ten brethren of Joseph went down, to buy corn in Egypt: 4 Whilst Benjamin was kept at home by Jacob, who said to his brethren: Lest perhaps he take any harm in the journey. 5 And they entered into the land of Egypt with others that went to buy. For the famine was in the land of Chanaan. 6 And Joseph was governor in the land of Egypt, and corn was sold by his direction to the people. And when his brethren had bowed down to him, 7 And he knew them, he spoke as it were to strangers, somewhat roughly, asking them: Whence came you? They answered: From the land of Chanaan, to buy necessaries of life. 8 And though he knew his brethren, he was not known by them. 9 And remembering the dreams, which formerly he had dreamed, he said to them: You are spies. You are come to view the weaker parts of the land. 10 But they said: It is not so, my lord; but thy servants are come to buy food. 11 We are all the sons of one man: we are come as peaceable men, neither do thy servants go about any evil. 12 And he answered them: It is otherwise: you are come to consider the unfenced parts of this land. 13 But they said: We thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Chanaan: the youngest is with our father, the other is not living. 14 He saith, This is it that I said: You are spies. 15 I shall now presently try what you are: by the health of Pharao, you shall not depart hence, until your youngest brother come. 16 Send one of you to fetch him: and you shall be in prison, till what you have said be proved, whether it be true or false: or else by the health of Pharao you are spies. 17 So he put them in prison three days. 18 And the third day he brought them out of prison, and said: Do as I have said, and you shall live: for I fear God. 19 If you be peaceable men, let one of your brethren be bound in prison: and go ye your ways, and carry the corn that you have bought, unto your houses. 20 And bring your youngest brother to me, that I may find your words to be true, and you may not die. They did as he had said. 21 And they talked one to another: We deserve to suffer these things, because we have sinned against our brother, seeing the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear: therefore is this affliction come upon us. 22 And Ruben, one of them, said: Did not I say to you: Do not sin against the boy; and you would not hear me? Behold his blood is required. 23 And they knew not that Joseph understood, because he spoke to them by an interpreter. 24 And he turned himself away a little while, and wept: and returning, he spoke to them. 25 And taking Simeon, and binding him in their presence, he commanded his servants to fill their sacks with wheat, and to put every man’s money again in their sacks, and to give them besides provisions for the way: and they did so. 26 But they having loaded their asses with the corn went their way. 27 And one of them opening his sack, to give his beast provender in the inn, saw the money in the sack’s mouth, 28 And said to his brethren: My money is given me again; behold it is in the sack. And they were astonished, and troubled, and said to one another: What is this that God hath done unto us? 29 And they came to Jacob their father in the land of Chanaan, and they told him all things that had befallen them, saying: 30 The lord of the land spoke roughly to us, and took us to be spies of the country. 31 And we answered him: We are peaceable men, and we mean no plot. 32 We are twelve brethren born of one father: one is not living, the youngest is with our father in the land of Chanaan. 33 And he said to us: Hereby shall I know that you are peaceable men: Leave one of your brethren with me, and take ye necessary provision for your houses, and go your ways, 34 And bring your youngest brother to me, that I may know you are not spies: and you may receive this man again, that is kept in prison: and afterwards may have leave to buy what you will. 35 When they had told this, they poured out their corn, and every man found his money tied in the mouth of his sack: and all being astonished together, 36 Their father Jacob said: You have made me to be without children: Joseph is not living, Simeon is kept in bonds, and Benjamin you will take away: all these evils are fallen upon me. 37 And Ruben answered him: Kill my two sons, if I bring him not again to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will restore him to thee. 38 But he said: My son shall not go down with you: his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if any mischief befall him in the land to which you go, you will bring down my grey hairs with sorrow to hell.
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