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 Genesis 41:1 - 36
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   Book of Genesis
   Chapter 41
41:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile,
 
41:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds.
 
41:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank.
 
41:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.
 
41:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk.
 
41:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted - thin and scorched by the east wind.
 
41:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.
 
41:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him.
 
41:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, "Today I am reminded of my shortcomings.
 
41:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard.
 
41:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.
 
41:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream.
 
41:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was hanged. F200 "
 
41:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.
 
41:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it."
 
41:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"I cannot do it," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires."
 
41:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile,
 
41:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds.
 
41:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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After them, seven other cows came up - scrawny and very ugly and lean. I had never seen such ugly cows in all the land of Egypt.
 
41:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The lean, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first.
 
41:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But even after they ate them, no one could tell that they had done so; they looked just as ugly as before. Then I woke up.
 
41:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"In my dreams I also saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk.
 
41:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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After them, seven other heads sprouted - withered and thin and scorched by the east wind.
 
41:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads. I told this to the magicians, but none could explain it to me."
 
41:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.
 
41:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream.
 
41:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterward are seven years, and so are the seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind: They are seven years of famine.
 
41:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.
 
41:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt,
 
41:30 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land.
 
41:31 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe.
 
41:32 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.
 
41:33 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt.
 
41:34 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.
 
41:35 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food.
 
41:36 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine."
 

FOOTNOTES:
F200 Or impaled

 
 

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