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Go to Commentary on Gen 41
Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams

1It came to pass at the end of two full years that Pharaoh dreamed, and behold, he stood by the river.
  2And behold, seven attractive and fat cows came up out of the river, and they fed in the marsh grass.
  3And behold, after them seven other cows came up out of the river, ugly and thin, and they stood beside the other cows at the edge of the river.
  4The ugly and thin cows ate up the seven attractive and fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.
  5And he fell asleep and dreamed a second time, and behold, seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump and good.
  6And behold, seven heads of grain, thin and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them.
  7And the thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven plump, full ears. And Pharaoh woke up, and behold, it was a dream.

8And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all of Egypt’s magicians and wise men. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh.

9Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, “Today I am reminded of my faults.
  10Pharaoh was angry with his servants and put me in custody in the house of the captain of his bodyguard, both me and the chief baker.
  11We dreamed a dream on the same night, he and I. Each man dreamed a dream with its own interpretation.
  12There was there with us a young man, a Hebrew, a slave of the captain of the bodyguard, and we told them to him, and he interpreted our dreams for us. He interpreted for each man according to his own dream.
  13And it came to pass that just as he interpreted to us, so it happened: me, he restored to my office, but him he hanged.”

14Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the dungeon. He shaved, changed his clothing, and came before Pharaoh.

15Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have dreamed a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”

16Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It isn’t in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”

17Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, “In my dream, behold, I stood on the brink of the river.
  18And behold, there came up out of the river seven cattle, fat and sleek. They fed in the marsh grass,
  19and behold, seven other cattle came up after them, poor and very ugly and thin, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for ugliness.
  20The thin and ugly cattle ate up the first seven fat cattle,
  21and when they had eaten them up it could not be known that they had eaten them, but they were still ugly as at the beginning. So I awoke.
  22I also saw in my dream, and behold, seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, full and good.
  23And behold, seven heads of grain, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them.
  24The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads of grain. I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.”

25Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dream of Pharaoh is one; what God is about to do he has declared to Pharaoh.
  26The seven good cattle are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are 7 years; the dream is one.
  27The 7 thin and ugly cattle that came up after them are 7 years, and also the 7 empty heads of grain blasted with the east wind; they will be 7 years of famine.

28That is the thing that I spoke to Pharaoh; what God is about to do he has shown to Pharaoh.
  29Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt.
  30There will arise after them seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land,
  31and the plenty will not be known in the land by reason of that famine that follows, for it will be very grievous.
  32The dream was doubled to Pharaoh because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

33“Now therefore let Pharaoh look for a discreet and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt.
  34Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint overseers over the land and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt’s produce in the seven plenteous years.
  35Let them gather all the food of these good years that come and lay up grain under the hand of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it.
  36The food will be for a store to the land against the seven years of famine that will be in the land of Egypt, that the land not perish through the famine.”

Joseph Exalted

37The thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants.
  38Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the spirit of God?”
  39Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Because God has shown you all of this, there is none so discreet and wise as you.
  40You will be over my house, and by your command will all my people be ruled; only in the throne will I be greater than you.”
  41Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Behold, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
  42Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck,
  43and he made him to ride in the second chariot that he had. They cried out before him, “Bow the knee!” He set him over all the land of Egypt.
  44Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without you will no man lift up his hand or his foot in all the land of Egypt.”
  45Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him Asenath the daughter of Potiphera priest of On as a wife. Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.

Joseph’s Administration

46Joseph was 30 years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

47In the seven plenteous years the earth produced abundantly.
  48He gathered up all the food of the seven years that were in the land of Egypt and stored away the food in the cities. The food of the field that was around every city, he laid up in the same.
  49Joseph stored away grain as the sand of the sea, very much, until he stopped counting for it was without number.

50To Joseph were born two sons before the year of famine came, whom Asenath the daughter of Potiphera priest of On bore to him.
  51Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh,a “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.”
  52The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

53The seven years of plenty that were in the land of Egypt came to an end.
  54The seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
  55When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread, and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.”
  56The famine was over all the surface of the earth. Joseph opened all the store houses and sold to the Egyptians. The famine was severe in the land of Egypt.
  57All countries came into Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe in all the earth.

Meaning, “making forget”

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