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Genesis 40:9–42:28

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And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; 10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes: 11 And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand. 12 And Joseph said unto him, hThis is the interpretation of it: The three branches iare three days: 13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh k||lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler. 14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and lshew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: 15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: mand here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon. 16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three ||white baskets on my head: 17 And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head. 18 And Joseph answered and said, nThis is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days: 19 oYet within three days shall Pharaoh ||lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee. 20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s pbirthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he q||lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. 21 And he rrestored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and she gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand: 22 But he thanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

41 And it came to pass at the end of atwo full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river. And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a bmeadow. And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river. And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke. And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good. And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them. And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream. And it came to pass in the morning cthat his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all dthe magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh. Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day: 10 Pharaoh was ewroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the fcaptain of the guard’s house, both me and the chief baker: 11 And gwe dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream. 12 And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he hinterpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret. 13 And it came to pass, ias he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.

14 kThen Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they lbrought him hastily mout of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. 15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have gdreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: nand I have heard say of thee, that ||thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. 16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, oIt is not in me: pGod shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace. 17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, qIn my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river: 18 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow: 19 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness: 20 And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine: 21 And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke. 22 And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good: 23 And, behold, seven ears, ||withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them: 24 And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and rI told this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me. 25 And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: sGod hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. 26 The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one. 27 And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be tseven years of famine. 28 uThis is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: uWhat God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh. 29 Behold, there come xseven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt: 30 And there shall yarise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine zshall consume the land; 31 And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous. 32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the athing is ||established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass. 33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint ||officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. 35 And blet them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. 36 And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.

37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants. 38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man cin whom the Spirit of God is? 39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: 40 dThou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. 41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. 42 And Pharaoh etook off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and farrayed him in vestures of ||fine linen, gand put a gold chain about his neck; 43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; hand they cried before him, ||Bow the knee: and he made him ruler iover all the land of Egypt. 44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt. 45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name ||Zaphnath-paaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah ||priest of On. *And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.

46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he kstood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. 47 And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls. 48 And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same. 49 And Joseph gathered corn las the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number. 50 mAnd unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah ||priest of On bare unto him. 51 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn ||Manasseh: For God, nsaid he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house. 52 And the name of the second called he ||Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

53 And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended. 54 oAnd the seven years of dearth began to come, paccording as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do. 56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and qsold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt. 57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore rin all lands.

42 Now when aJacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another? And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may blive, and not die. And Joseph’s ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt. But Benjamin, cJoseph’s brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, dLest peradventure mischief befall him. And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the …

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h

ver. 18. ch. 41:12. Dan. 2:36. & 5:16.

i

ver. 18. ch. 41:26.

k
||

Or, reckon. Num. 4:2, 22 (Heb.).

Heb. remember me with thee.

l
m

ch. 39:20.

||

Or, full of holes. But comp. Isai. 19:9.

Heb. meat of Pharaoh, the work of a baker, or, cook.

n

ver. 12.

o

ver. 13.

||

Or, reckon thee, and take thy office from thee. See ver. 13 marg.

p
q

ver. 13, 19.

||

Or, reckoned.

r

ver. 13.

s
t

ver. 19.

a

Comp. ch. 27:44 (Heb.).

b

ver. 18. Job 8:11 (Heb.). Ecclus. 40:16 (Greek).

Heb. fat. ver. 2, 7, 18, 20.

c
d

ver. 24. Ex. 7:11, 22. So Dan. 1:20. & 2:2. & 4:7. Matt. 2:1.

e

ch. 40:2, 3.

f

See ch. 37:36 marg.

g

ch. 40:5.

h

ch. 40:12, &c.

i

ch. 40:21, 22.

k
l

Comp. Dan. 2:25.

Heb. made him run.

m
g

ch. 40:5.

n

ver. 12. Dan. 5:16.

||

Or, when thou hearest a dream thou canst interpret it.

o
p

ch. 40:8. Dan. 2:22, 28, 47.

q

ver. 1–7.

Heb. come to the inward parts of them.

Heb. come to the inward parts of them.

||

Or, small.

r

ver. 8.

s
t

Comp. 2 Kin. 8:1.

u

ver. 25.

u

ver. 25.

x

ver. 47.

y

ver. 54.

z

Comp. ch. 47:13.

Heb. heavy. ch. 47:13 (Heb.).

a
||

Or, prepared of God.

||

Or, overseers. Num. 31:14. 2 Kin. 25:19: not as ch. 37:36, &c.

b

ver. 48.

Heb be not cut off.

c
d

Heb. [be] armed, or, kiss. 1 Sam. 10:1. 1 Kin. 19:18. Ps. 2:12. Hos. 13:2.

e
f

Comp. Esth. 8:15.

||

Or, silk. Ex. 28:39.

g
h

Comp. Esth. 6:9.

||

Or, tender father.

Heb. Abrech. See ch. 45:8.

i

ch. 42:6. & 45:8, 9, 26.

||

[Which in the Coptic signifies, A revealer of secrets, or, The man to whom secrets are revealed.]

||

Or, prince. So ver. 50. ch. 47:22, 26. Job 12:19 (Heb.). Compare 2 Sam. 8:18. & 20:26. with 1 Chr. 18:17.

*

About B.C. 1715 Heb. 1834? Gr.

k
l
m

ch. 46:20. & 48:5.

||

Or, prince. ver. 45.

||

That is, Forgetting.

n

Compare ch. 4:25. & 26:7. & 32:30. & ver. 52. See Ex. 18:4.

||

That is, Fruitful. Comp. ch. 49:22.

o
p

ver. 30.

Heb. all wherein was.

q

ch. 42:6, &c.

r

ver. 54, 56.

a
b

ch. 43:8.

c

ch. 35:18.

d

ver. 38.