1 IAfter two whole years,II PharaohIII
dreamedIV thatV he was standingVI by the Nile,VII
2 andVIII there came upIX out of the Nile sevenX sleekXI
and fatXII cows,XIII and they grazedXIV in the reed grass.XV
3 ThenXVI seven otherXVII cows, uglyXVIII and thin,XIX came up out of the Nile afterXX them, and stood by the other cows on the bankXXI of the Nile.
4 The ugly and thin cows ate upXXII the seven sleek and fat cows. And Pharaoh awoke. 5 Then he fell asleepXXIII and dreamed a second time;XXIV, XXV
seven ears of grain,XXVI plumpXXVII and good,XXVIII
were growingXXIX on oneXXX stalk.XXXI
6 ThenXXXII seven ears, thin and blightedXXXIII by the east wind,XXXIV sproutedXXXV after them.
7 The thin ears swallowed upXXXVI the seven plump and fullXXXVII ears. Pharaoh awoke, andXXXVIII it was a dream.XXXIX
8 XLIn the morningXLI his spiritXLII was troubled;XLIII
so he sentXLIV and called forXLV all the magiciansXLVI of EgyptXLVII
and all its wise men.XLVIII Pharaoh toldXLIX them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpretL them to Pharaoh.
9 Then the chiefLI cupbearerLII saidLIII to Pharaoh, “I rememberLIV my faultsLV today.LVI
10 Once Pharaoh was angryLVII with his servants,LVIII and putLIX me
and the chief bakerLX in custodyLXI in the houseLXII of the captainLXIII of the guard.LXIV
11 We dreamedLXV on the sameLXVI night,LXVII
he and I, eachLXVIII having a dreamLXIX with its own meaning.LXX
12 A youngLXXI HebrewLXXII was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. When we told him, he interpreted our dreams to us, giving an interpretation to eachLXXIII according to his dream.
13 LXXIVAs he interpreted to us, so it turned out;LXXV I was restoredLXXVI to my office,LXXVII and the baker was hanged.”LXXVIII
14 Then Pharaoh sentLXXIX for Joseph,LXXX and he was hurriedly broughtLXXXI out of the dungeon.LXXXII
When he had shavedLXXXIII himself and changedLXXXIV his clothes,LXXXV he came inLXXXVI before Pharaoh. 15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heardLXXXVII it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”
16 Joseph answeredLXXXVIII Pharaoh, “It is not I; GodLXXXIX will give Pharaoh a favorableXC answer.”
17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dreamXCI I was standing on the banks of the Nile; 18 andXCII seven cows, fat and sleek,XCIII came up out of the Nile and fedXCIV in the reed grass.
19 ThenXCV seven other cows came up after them, poor,XCVI very ugly,XCVII and thin.XCVIII
Never had I seenXCIX such uglyC ones in all the landCI of Egypt.
20 The thinCII and uglyCIII cows ate up the firstCIV seven fat cows,
21 but when they had eatenCV them no one would have knownCVI that they had doneCVII so, for they were still as ugly as before.CVIII Then I awoke.
22 I fell asleep a second time and I saw in my dreamCIX seven ears of grain, full and good, growing on one stalk, 23 andCX seven ears, withered,CXI thin,CXII and blighted by the east wind, sprouting after them; 24 and the thinCXIII ears swallowed up the seven good ears. But when I told it to the magicians, there was no one who could explainCXIV it to me.”
25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh’s dreams are one and the same; God has revealedCXV to Pharaoh what he is about to do.CXVI 26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. 27 The seven leanCXVII and uglyCXVIII cows that came up after them are seven years, as areCXIX the seven emptyCXX ears blighted by the east wind. They are seven years of famine.CXXI
28 ItCXXII is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 29 CXXIIIThere will comeCXXIV seven years of greatCXXV plentyCXXVI throughout all the land of Egypt.
30 After them there will ariseCXXVII seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgottenCXXVIII in the land of Egypt; the famine will consumeCXXIX the land.
31 The plenty will no longer be known in the land because ofCXXX the famine that will follow,CXXXI for it will be very grievous.CXXXII
32 And the doublingCXXXIII of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thingCXXXIV is fixedCXXXV by God, and God will shortlyCXXXVI bring it about.CXXXVII
33 Now therefore let Pharaoh selectCXXXVIII a manCXXXIX who is discerningCXL and wise,CXLI and setCXLII him over the land of Egypt.
34 Let Pharaoh proceedCXLIII to appointCXLIV overseersCXLV over the land, and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plenteousCXLVI years.
35 Let them gatherCXLVII all the foodCXLVIII of these good years that are coming, and lay upCXLIX grainCL
under the authorityCLI of Pharaoh for food in the cities,CLII and let them keepCLIII it.
36 That food shall be a reserveCLIV for the land against the seven years of famine that are to befallCLV the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perishCLVI through the famine.”
37 The proposalCLVII pleasedCLVIII Pharaoh and all his servants.CLIX 38 Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we findCLX anyone else like this—one in whom is the spirit of God?”
39 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shownCLXI you all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be over my house, and all my peopleCLXII shall orderCLXIII themselves as you command;CLXIV
only with regard toCLXV the throneCLXVI will I be greaterCLXVII than you.”
41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have setCLXVIII you over all the land of Egypt.” 42 RemovingCLXIX his signet ringCLXX from his hand,CLXXI
Pharaoh put it on Joseph’s hand; he arrayedCLXXII him in garmentsCLXXIII of fine linen,CLXXIV
and putCLXXV a goldCLXXVI chainCLXXVII around his neck.CLXXVIII
43 He had him rideCLXXIX in the chariotCLXXX of his secondCLXXXI-in-command;
and they cried outCLXXXII in front ofCLXXXIII him, “Bow the knee!”CLXXXIV Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt.
44 Moreover Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift upCLXXXV hand or footCLXXXVI in all the land of Egypt.” 45 Pharaoh gaveCLXXXVII Joseph the nameCLXXXVIII Zaphenath-paneah;CLXXXIX
and he gave him AsenathCXC daughterCXCI of Potiphera,CXCII
priestCXCIII of On,CXCIV as his wife.CXCV Thus Joseph gained authorityCXCVI over the land of Egypt.
46 Joseph was thirtyCXCVII years oldCXCVIII when he entered the serviceCXCIX ofCC Pharaoh king of Egypt.
And Joseph went outCCI from the presenceCCII of Pharaoh, and wentCCIII through all the land of Egypt. 47 During the seven plenteous years the earth producedCCIV abundantly.CCV
48 He gathered up all the food of the seven years when there was plenty in the land of Egypt, and stored upCCVI food in the cities; he stored up inCCVII every city the food from the fieldsCCVIII aroundCCIX it.
49 So Joseph stored upCCX grain in such abundanceCCXI—like the sandCCXII of the seaCCXIII—
that he stoppedCCXIV measuringCCXV it; it was beyond measure.CCXVI
50 Before the years of famine came, Joseph hadCCXVII two sons,CCXVIII whom Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, boreCCXIX to him.
51 Joseph namedCCXX the firstbornCCXXI Manasseh,CCXXII
“For,” he said, “God has made me forgetCCXXIII all my hardshipCCXXIV and all my father’sCCXXV house.”
52 The second he named Ephraim,CCXXVI “For God has made me fruitfulCCXXVII in the land of my misfortunes.”CCXXVIII
53 The seven years of plenty that prevailedCCXXIX in the land of Egypt came to an end;CCXXX 54 and the seven years of famine beganCCXXXI to come, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in every country,CCXXXII but throughout the land of Egypt there was bread.CCXXXIII
55 When all the land of Egypt was famished,CCXXXIV the people criedCCXXXV to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians,CCXXXVI “GoCCXXXVII to Joseph; what he says to you, do.”
56 And since the famine had spreadCCXXXVIII over allCCXXXIX the land, Joseph openedCCXL all the storehouses, and soldCCXLI to the Egyptians, for the famine was severeCCXLII in the land of Egypt. 57 Moreover, all the worldCCXLIII came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain,CCXLIV because the famine became severe throughout the world.
Image credit: “Joseph Explains Pharaoh’s Dream” by Adrien Guignet, 19th century.