Matthew Bible

Genesis 41

Pharaoh's two dreams.

Genesis 41:1 And it fortuned at .ij. yeres ende þt Pharao dreamed, & thought that he stode by a ryuers syde, Genesis 41:2 and that there came out of the ryuer .vij. goodly kyne and fatflesshed, and fedd in a medowe, Genesis 41:3 and hym thought that .vij. other kyne came vp after them out of the ryuer euel fauored and leane fleshed and stode by the other vpon þe brynke of the ryuer. Genesis 41:4 And the euyll fauored and leans flesshed kyne: ate vp the .vij. wel fauored and fat kyne: and he awoke there wyth. Genesis 41:5 And he slepte agayne and dreamed the second tyme, that seuen eares of corne grewe vpon one stalke rancke and goodly. Genesis 41:6 And þt .vij. thynne eares blasted wyth the wynde, sprange vp after them: Genesis 41:7 and that the .vij. thynne eares deuoured the .vij. rancke and full eares. And than Pharao awaked: & se, here is his dreame. Genesis 41:8 When the mornynge came, hys sprete was troubled. And he sent and called for all the sothesayers of Egypte & al the wyse men therof, and tolde them his dreame: but there was none of them that coulde interpretate it vnto Pharao.

Genesis 41:9 Than spake the chefe buttelar vnto Pharao saying. I do remembre my faute thys daye. Genesis 41:10 Pharao was angrye wt his seruauntes, & put in warde in the chefe marshals house both me & the chefe baker. Genesis 41:11 And we dreamed both of vs in one nyght & ech mannes dreame of a sondrye interpretacion. Genesis 41:12 And there was wyth vs a yonge man, an Hebrue borne, seruaunte vnto the chefe marshall. And we told hym, and he declared our 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. I was restored to myne office agayn, and he was hanged.

Genesis 41:14 Than Pharao sent & called Ioseph. And they made him haste out of preison. And he shaued him self and chaunged his rayment, and went in to Pharao. Genesis 41:15 And Pharao sayde vnto Ioseph: I haue dreamed a dreame & no man can interpretate it, but I haue herde say of the that as sone as thou hearest a dreame thou dost interpretate it. Genesis 41:16 And Ioseph answered Pharao saying: God shal geue Pharao an answere of peace without me. Genesis 41:17 Pharao sayd vnto Ioseph: in my dreame me thought I stode by a ryuers syde, Genesis 41:18 and there cam out of the ryuer .vij. fat fleshed and well fauored kyne, and fedde in the meddow. Genesis 41:19 And then .vij. other kyne came vp after them, poore & very euell fauored & leane fleshed: so that I neuer sawe their lyke in all the lande of Egypte in euell fauordnesse. Genesis 41:20 And the .vij. leane and euel fauored kyne eate vp the fyrste .vij. fat kyne. Genesis 41:21 And when they had eaten them vp a man coulde not perceyue that they had eaten them: for they were styll as euyll fauored as they were at the begynnyng. And I awoke. Genesis 41:22 And I sawe agayn in my dreame .vij. eares spring out of one stalke ful and good, Genesis 41:23 and .vij. other eares wytherd, thynne an blasted wt wynde, sprynge vp after them. Genesis 41:24 And the thynne eares deuowred the .vij. good eares. And I haue tolde it vnto the sothsayers, but no man can tell me what it meaneth.

Joseph interpreteth them.

Genesis 41:25 Then Ioseph sayde vnto Pharao: both Pharaos dreames are one. And God doth shewe Pharao what he is aboute to do. Genesis 41:26 The seuen good kyne are .vij. yeres: & the seuen good eares: are seuen yeres also, and it is but one dreame. Genesis 41:27 Likewyse the seuen thynne and euel fauored kyne that came out after them, are seuen yeres: and the .vij. emptye and blasted eares shalbe .vij. yeres of hunger. Genesis 41:28 This is that whiche I sayde vnto Pharao, þt god doth shewe Pharao what he is about to do. Genesis 41:29 Beholde there shal come .vij. yere of great plenteousnes through oute all the lande of Egypte. Genesis 41:30 And there shal aryse after them .vij. yeres of hunger. So that al the plenteousnes shalbe forgotten in the lande of Egypt. And the hunger shall consume the lande: Genesis 41:31 so that the plenteousnes shall not be once a sene in the lande by reason of that hunger that shall come after, for it shalbe exceadynge greate. Genesis 41:32 And as concernynge that the dreame was doubled vnto Pharao the seconde tyme, it betokeneth that the thynges is certanly prepared of God, and that God wyll shortlye brynge it to passe.

He giveth Pharaoh counsel.

Genesis 41:33 Nowe therfore let Pharao prouyde for a man of vnderstandyng & wysdome, and set him ouer the land of Egypte. Genesis 41:34 And let Pharao make offycers ouer the lande, & take vp the fyfte parte of the lande of Egypte in the .vij. plenteous yeres Genesis 41:35 & let them gather all the foode of these good yeres that come, and lay vp corne vnder þe power of Pharao, þt there may be foode in the cyties, Genesis 41:36 and there let them kepe it: that there maye be foode in stoore in the lande, agaynste the .vij. yeres of hunger whych shal come in the land of Egypte, and that the land perysh not thorow hunger.

Genesis 41:37 And the sayinge pleased Pharao & all his seruauntes.

Joseph is advanced.

Genesis 41:38 Than sayde Pharao vnto hys seruauntes: where shal we fynde soch a man as thys is, that hath the sprete of GOD in hym? Genesis 41:39 wherfore Pharao sayde vnto Ioseph: for as moch as God hath shewed the al this, there is no man of vnderstandyng or of wysdome lyke vnto the. Genesis 41:40 Thou therfore shalt be ouer my house, and acordyng to thy worde shall al my people obeye: only in the kynges seate wyll I be aboue the. Genesis 41:41 And he sayde vnto Ioseph: beholde, I haue set the ouer all the lande of Egypte. Genesis 41:42 And he toke of hys rynge from hys fyngre, and put it vpon Iosephs fyngre, and arayed him in rayment of bysse, & put a golden cheyne about hys necke Genesis 41:43 & set him vpon the best charet that he had saue one. And they cryed before hym Abrech, & that Pharao had made him ruelar ouer al the land of Egypte. Genesis 41:44 And Pharao said vnto Ioseph: I am Pharao, without thy wyll, shall no man lyfte vp ether his hand or fote in al þe land of Egypte. Genesis 41:45 And he called Iosephs name Zaphnath Paena. And he gaue him 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 .xxx. yere olde when he stode before Pharao kyng of Egypte. And than Ioseph departed from Pharao, & went thorow out al the lande of Egypte. Genesis 41:47 And in the .vij. plenteous yeres they made sheues Genesis 41:48 & gathered vp all the fode of the .vij. plenteous yeres whych were in the lande of Egypte & put it in to the cyties. And he put the foode of the feldes that grewe rounde about euery cyte: euen in the same. Genesis 41:49 And Ioseph layde vp corne in stoore, lyke vnto the sande of the sea in multitude out of mesure, vntyll he left nombrynge: For it was wyth out nombre.

He begetteth Manasseh and Ephraim.

Genesis 41:50 And vnto Ioseph were borne .ij. sonnes before þe yeres of hunger came, which Asnath the doughter of Putiphar preast of On, bare vnto him. Genesis 41:51 And he called the name of the fyrst sonne Manasse, for God (sayde he) hath made me forget all my laboure and all my fathers houshold. Genesis 41:52 The seconde called he Ephraim, for God (sayde he) hath caused me to growe in the lande of my trouble.

The famine beginneth.

Genesis 41:53 And when the .vij. yeres of plenteousnes that was in the land of Egypte were ended, Genesis 41:54 than came the .vij. yeres of derth, acordyng as Ioseph had sayd. And the derth was in all landes: but in the lande of Egypte was there yet foode. Genesis 41:55 When now all the lande of Egypt beganne to hunger, than cryed the people to Pharao for breade. And Pharao sayde vnto all Egypte: goo vnto Iosephe, and what he sayth to you that doo. Genesis 41:56 And when the dearthe was throw out all the lande, Ioseph opened all that was in the cyties and solde vnto the Egypcyans. And hunger waxed sore in the lande of Egypte: Genesis 41:57 And all countrees came to Egypte to Ioseph for to bye corne: bicause that the hunger was so sore in all the landes.

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