Pharaoh's two dreams.
Genesis 41:1 And it fortuned after two yeres, that Pharao dreamed, and beholde, he stode by a ryuers syde, Genesis 41:2 & there came out of the ryuer seuen goodly kyne and fatt flesshed, and fedd in a medowe, Genesis 41:3 & .vij. other kyne came vp after them out of the ryuer, euel fauored and leane flesshed, and stode by the other kyne vpon the brynke of the ryuer. Genesis 41:4 And the euyll fauored and leane flesshed kyne dyd eate vp the seuen well fauored and fatt kyne: and Pharao awoke. Genesis 41:5 And he slepte agayne and dreamed the seconde tyme. And beholde, seuen eares of corne grewe vpon one stalke, rancke and goodly. Genesis 41:6 And agayne, seuen thynne eares blasted wyth the east wynde, sprange vp after them: Genesis 41:7 and the seuen thynne eares deuowred the seuen rancke and full eares. And Pharao a waked: and se, it was a dreame. Genesis 41:8 And when the mornynge came, his sprete was troubled. And he sent and called for all the sothesayers of Egypte, and all the wyse men therof, and Pharao tolde them hys dreame: but there was none of them that coulde interpretate it vnto Pharao.
Genesis 41:9 Than spake the chefe buttelar vnto Pharao sayinge: I do remembre my fawtes thys daye. Genesis 41:10 Pharao beynge angrie wyth hys seruauntes, put in warde in the chefe Stewardes house both me & the chefe baker. Genesis 41:11 And we dreamed both of vs in one nyght, and eche mannes dreame of a sondrye interpretacyon. Genesis 41:12 And there was wyth vs a yonge man, an Hebrue borne, seruaunte vnto the chefe Stewarde. To whom whan we tolde them, he declared oure dreames to vs accordynge to ether of oure dreames. Genesis 41:13 And as he declared them vnto vs, euen so it came to passe. For he restored me to myne offyce agayne, & hanged hym.
Genesis 41:14 Pharao sent therfore and called Ioseph. And they brought hym hastely out of preson. And he shaued hym selfe and chaunged hys rayment, and came in to Pharao. Genesis 41:15 And Pharao sayde vnto Ioseph: I haue sene a dreame, and no man can interpretate it, and I haue hearde saye of the, that as soone as thou hearest a dreame, thou canst interpretate it. Genesis 41:16 Ioseph answered Pharao, sayinge: Not I, but God shall geue Pharao an answere of peace. Genesis 41:17 And Pharao sayde vnto Ioseph: in my dreame me thought I stode by a ryuers syde, Genesis 41:18 and there came out of the ryuer seuen fatt flesshed, and well fauored kyne, & fedd in the medowe. Genesis 41:19 And the seuen other kyne came vp after them, poore and very euell fauored and leane flesshed: such as I neuer sawe in all the lande of Egypte, Genesis 41:20 they were so euell fauored. And the seuen leane & euell fauored kyne dyd eate vp the fyrst .vii. fatt kyne. Genesis 41:21 And when they had eaten them vp, a man coulde not perceaue that they had eaten them: but they were still as euell fauored as they were at the begynnynge. And I awoke. Genesis 41:22 And I sawe agayne in my dreame & beholde, .vii. eares sprange out of one stalk, full and fayre, Genesis 41:23 and .vij. other eares agayne, wythered, thynne and blasted with the east wynde, sprange vp after them. Genesis 41:24 And the thynne eares deuowred the .vij. good eares. And I haue tolde it vnto þe soth sayers, but there was no man that coulde tell, what it meaneth.
Joseph interpreteth them.
Genesis 41:25 And Ioseph answered Pharao: both Pharaos dreames are one. And God hath shewed Pharao what he is aboute to do. Genesis 41:26 The .vij. good kyne are .vij. yeares: and the .vij. good eares are seuen yeares also, and it is but one dreame. Genesis 41:27 Lykewyse, þe .vii. thynne and euell fauored kyne that came out after them, are .vii. yeares: and the .vii. emptye and blasted eares shalbe .vii. yeares of hunger. Genesis 41:28 Thys whych I haue sayde vnto Pharao, is it that God is aboute to do, and sheweth it vnto Pharao. Genesis 41:29 Beholde there come .vii. yeare of great plenteousnes through out all the lande of Egypte. Genesis 41:30 And agayne there shall aryse after them .vii. yeares of hunger. And all the plenteousnes shalbe forgoten in the lande of Egypte: And the hunger shall consume the lande: Genesis 41:31 nether shall the plenteousnes be knowen in the lande. by reason of that hunger that shall come after, for it shalbe exceadinge great. Genesis 41:32 And as concernynge that the dreame was doubled vnto Pharao the seconde tyme, beholde, the thynge is certaynly prepared of God, & God wyll shortly brynge it to passe.
He giveth Pharaoh counsel.
Genesis 41:33 Nowe therfore, let Pharao prouyde for a man of vnderstondynge and wysdome, and sett hym ouer the lande of Egypte. Genesis 41:34 And let Pharao do thys also, that he make offycers ouer the lande, and take vp the fyfte parte of the lande of Egypte in the .vii. plenteous yeares, Genesis 41:35 and let them gather all the foode of these good yeres that come, and lay vp corne vnder the hande of Pharao, that there maye be foode in the cyties, Genesis 41:36 and there let them kepe it: that there maye be foode in stoore in the lande, agaynst the seuen yeares of hunger whych shall come in the lande of Egypte, that the lande peryshe not thorowe hunger.
Genesis 41:37 And the sayinge pleased Pharao and all hys seruauntes.
Joseph is advanced.
Genesis 41:38 Then sayde Pharao vnto hys seruauntes: where shall we fynde soch a man as thys is, in whom is the sprete of God? Genesis 41:39 And Pharao sayde vnto Ioseph: for as moche as God hath shewed the all thys, there is no man of vnderstondynge or of wysdome lyke vnto þe. Genesis 41:40 Thou therfore shalt be ouer my house, and accordynge to thy worde shall all my people be ruled, only in þe kynges seate wyll I be aboue the. Genesis 41:41 And Pharao sayde agayne vnto Ioseph: beholde, I haue sett the ouer all the lande of Egypte. Genesis 41:42 And he toke of hys rynge from hys hande, and put it vpon Iosephs hande, and arayed hym in cloth of raynes, and put a golden cheyne aboute hys necke, Genesis 41:43 and sett hym vpon the best charett that he had, saue one. And they cryed before hym: Bowe the knee, and Pharao made hym ruler ouer all the lande of Egypte. Genesis 41:44 And Pharao sayde vnto Ioseph: I am Pharao, wythout the shall no man lyfte vp hys hande or fote in all the lande of Egypte. Genesis 41:45 And he called Iosephs name Zaphnath Paena. And he gaue hym to wyfe Asnath the daughter of Putiphar preast of On. Than went Ioseph abrode in the lande of Egypte.
Genesis 41:46 And he was thyrtye yeare olde when he stode before Pharao kynge of Egypte. And Ioseph departynge from the presence of Pharao, went thorowe out all the lande of Egypte. Genesis 41:47 And in the seuen plenteous yeares they made sheues Genesis 41:48 and gathered vp all þe foode of the seuen plenteous yeares which were in the lande of Egypte, and layed vp the same in the cyties. The foode of the feldes that grewe rownde aboute euery cyte, layed he vp in the same. Genesis 41:49 And Ioseph layde vp corne in stoore, lyke vnto the sande of the see, in multitude out of mesure, vntyll he left nombrynge: For it was wythout nombre.
He begetteth Manasseh and Ephraim.
Genesis 41:50 And vnto Ioseph were borne two sonnes (before the yeares of hunger came) whych Asnath the daughter of Putiphar preast of On, bare vnto hym. Genesis 41:51 And Ioseph called the name of þe fyrst sonne Manasse, for God (sayde he) hath made me forgett all my laboure and all my fathers housholde. Genesis 41:52 The name of the seconde called he Ephraim, for God (sayd he) hath caused me to growe in the lande of my trouble.
The famine beginneth.
Genesis 41:53 And when the seuen yeares of plenteousnes that was in the lande of Egypte were ended, Genesis 41:54 then came the seuen yeares of derth accordyng as Ioseph had sayde. And þe derth was in all landes: but in all the lande of Egypte was there yet foode. Genesis 41:55 And when the lande of Egypt also began to hunger, the people cryed to Pharao for bread. And Pharao sayde vnto all the Egypcyans, goo vnto Ioseph, and what he sayth to you, that doo. Genesis 41:56 And the derth was thorow out all the land. And Ioseph opened all that was in the cyties, and solde vnto the Egypcyans. For the hunger waxed sore in the lande of Egypte. Genesis 41:57 And all countrees came to Egypte to Ioseph for to bye corne: because that the hunger was so sore in all landes.