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Genesis 41

Pharaoh's two dreams.

Genesis 41:1 And two yeeres after, Pharaoh also dreamed, and beholde, he stoode by a riuer, Genesis 41:2 And loe, there came out of the riuer seuen goodly kine and fatfleshed, and they fedde in a medowe: Genesis 41:3 And loe, seuen other kine came vp after the out of the riuer, euill fauoured & leane fleshed, and stoode by the other kine vpon the brinke of the riuer. Genesis 41:4 And the euilfauoured and leane fleshed kine did eate vp the seuen welfauoured and fatte kine: so Pharaoh awoke. Genesis 41:5 Againe he slept, and dreamed the second time: and beholde, seuen eares of corne grewe vpon one stalke, ranke and goodly. Genesis 41:6 And loe, seuen thinne eares, and blasted with the east winde, sprang vp after them: Genesis 41:7 And the thinne eares deuoured the seuen ranke and full eares. then Pharaoh awaked, and loe, it was a dreame. Genesis 41:8 Nowe when the morning came, his spirit was troubled: therefore he sent and called all the soothsayers of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof, and Pharaoh tolde them his dreames: but none coulde interprete them to Pharaoh.

Genesis 41:9 Then spake the chiefe butler vnto Pharaoh, saying, I call to minde my faultes this day. Genesis 41:10 Pharaoh being angrie with his seruantes, put me in ward in the chiefe stewards house, both me and the chiefe baker. Genesis 41:11 Then we dreamed a dreame in one night, both I, and he: we dreamed eche man according to the interpretation of his dreame. Genesis 41:12 And there was with vs a yong man, an Ebrew, seruant vnto the chiefe steward, whome when we told, he declared our dreames to vs, to euery one he declared according to his dreame. Genesis 41:13 And as he declared vnto vs, so it came to passe: for he restored me to mine office, & hanged him.

Genesis 41:14 Then sent Pharaoh, and called Ioseph, and they brought him hastily out of prison, and he shaued him, and chaunged his rayment, and came to Pharaoh. Genesis 41:15 Then Pharaoh sayde to Ioseph, I haue dreamed a dreame, and no man can interprete it, and I haue hearde say of thee, that when thou hearest a dreame, thou canst interprete it. Genesis 41:16 And Ioseph answered Pharaoh, saying, Without me God shal answere for the wealth of Pharaoh. Genesis 41:17 And Pharaoh sayde vnto Ioseph, In my dreame, beholde, I stoode by the banke of the riuer: Genesis 41:18 And lo, there came vp out of the riuer seuen fat fleshed, and welfauoured kine, and they fedde in the medowe. Genesis 41:19 Also loe, seuen other kine came vp after them, poore and very euilfauoured, and leanefleshed: I neuer sawe the like in all the lande of Egypt, for euilfauoured. Genesis 41:20 And the leane and euilfauoured kine did eate vp the first seuen fat kine. Genesis 41:21 And when they had eaten them vp, it could not be knowen that they had eaten them, but they were still as euilfauoured, as they were at the beginning: so did I awake. Genesis 41:22 Moreouer I sawe in my dreame, and beholde, seuen eares sprang out of one stalke, full and faire. Genesis 41:23 And lo, seuen eares, withered, thinne, and blasted with the East winde, sprang vp after them. Genesis 41:24 And the thinne eares deuoured the seuen good eares. Nowe I haue tolde the soothsayers, and none can declare it vnto me.

Joseph interpreteth them.

Genesis 41:25 Then Ioseph answered Pharaoh, Both Pharaohs dreames are one. God hath shewed Pharaoh, what he is about to doe. Genesis 41:26 The seuen good kine are seuen yeres, and the seuen good eares are seuen yeeres: this is one dreame. Genesis 41:27 Likewise the seuen thinne and euilfauoured kine, that came out after them, are seuen yeeres: and the seuen emptie eares blasted with the East winde, are seuen yeeres of famine. Genesis 41:28 This is the thing which I haue saide vnto Pharaoh, that God hath shewed vnto Pharaoh, what he is about to doe. Genesis 41:29 Beholde, there come seuen yeeres of great plentie in all the land of Egypt. Genesis 41:30 Againe, there shall arise after them seuen yeeres of famine, so that all the plentie shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine shall consume the land: Genesis 41:31 Neither shall the plentie bee knowen in the land, by reason of this famine that shall come after: for it shalbe exceeding great. Genesis 41:32 And therefore the dreame was doubled vnto Pharaoh the second time, because the thing is established by God, & God hasteth to performe it.

He giveth Pharaoh counsel.

Genesis 41:33 Nowe therefore let Pharaoh prouide for a man of vnderstanding and wisedome, and set him ouer the land of Egypt. Genesis 41:34 Let Pharaoh make and appoynt officers ouer the lande, and take vp the fift part of the land of Egypt in the seuen plenteous yeeres. Genesis 41:35 Also let them gather all the foode of these good yeeres that come, and lay vp corne vnder the hand of Pharaoh for foode, in the cities, and let them keepe it. Genesis 41:36 So the foode shall be for the prouision of the lande, against the seuen yeeres of famine, which shalbe in the lande of Egypt, that the land perish not by famine.

Genesis 41:37 And the saying pleased Pharaoh and all his seruants.

Joseph is advanced.

Genesis 41:38 Then saide Pharaoh vnto his seruants, Can we finde such a man as this, in whom is the Spirit of God? Genesis 41:39 The Pharaoh said to Ioseph, For as much as God hath shewed thee all this, there is no man of vnderstanding, or of wisedome like vnto thee. Genesis 41:40 Thou shalt be ouer mine house, & at thy word shall all my people be armed, onely in the kings throne will I be aboue thee. Genesis 41:41 Moreouer Pharaoh said to Ioseph, Behold, I haue set thee ouer all the land of Egypt. Genesis 41:42 And Pharaoh tooke off his ring from his hand, and put it vpon Iosephs hand, and arayed him in garments of fine linnen, and put a golden cheyne about his necke. Genesis 41:43 So he set him vpon the best charet that hee had, saue one: & they cryed before him, Abrech, & placed him ouer all the land of Egypt. Genesis 41:44 Againe Pharaoh saide vnto Ioseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift vp his hand or his foote in all the land of Egypt. Genesis 41:45 And Pharaoh called Iosephs name Zaphnath-paaneah: and he gaue him to wife Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah prince of On. then went Ioseph abrode in the land of Egypt.

Genesis 41:46 And Ioseph was thirtie yeere old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt: and Ioseph departing from the presence of Pharaoh, went throughout all the land of Egypt. Genesis 41:47 And in the seuen plenteous yeres the earth brought foorth store. Genesis 41:48 And hee gathered vp all the foode of the seuen plenteous yeeres, which were in the lande of Egypt, and layde vp foode in the cities: the foode of the fielde, that was round about euery citie, layde he vp in the same. Genesis 41:49 So Ioseph gathered wheate, like vnto the sand of the sea in multitude out of measure, vntill he left numbring: for it was without number.

He begetteth Manasseh and Ephraim.

Genesis 41:50 Now vnto Ioseph were borne two sonnes (before the yeeres of famine came) which Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah prince of On bare vnto him. Genesis 41:51 And Ioseph called the name of the first borne Manasseh: for God, said he, hath made me forget all my labour & al my fathers houshold. Genesis 41:52 Also hee called the name of the second, Ephraim: For God, sayde he hath made me fruitfull in the land of mine affliction.

The famine beginneth.

Genesis 41:53 So the seuen yeeres of the plentie that was in the land of Egypt were ended. Genesis 41:54 Then began the seuen yeeres of famine to come, according as Ioseph had saide: and the famine was in all landes, but in all the land of Egypt was bread. Genesis 41:55 At the length all the lande of Egypt was affamished, and the people cryed to Pharaoh for bread; Pharaoh said vnto all the Egyptians, Goe to Ioseph: what he sayth to you, doe ye. Genesis 41:56 When the famine was vpon all the land, Ioseph opened all places, wherein the store was, and solde vnto the Egyptians: for the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt. Genesis 41:57 And all countries came to Egypt to bye corne of Ioseph, because the famine was sore in all landes.

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