(1) It came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed that he stood by the river.
(2) And behold, there came up out of the river seven well favored and fat cows, and they fed in a meadow.
(3) Then, behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ill favored and lean, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the river.
(4) And the ill favored and lean cows ate up the seven well favored and fat cows. Then Pharaoh awoke.
(5) Then he slept and dreamed a second time, and behold, seven ears of corn came up on one stalk, firm and good.
(6) And behold, seven thin ears scorched by the east wind sprung up after them.
(7) Then the seven thin ears devoured the seven firm and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream.
Magicians and Wise Men Could Not Interpret Pharaoh’s Dreams
(8) It came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men. Then Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was none that could interpret them to Pharaoh.
(9) Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying, "I do remember my faults this day.
(10) Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me in prison in the captain of the guard’s house, both me and the chief baker.
(11) We dreamed a dream in one night, I and he, we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream.
(12) There with us was a young man, a Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard, and we told him, and he interpreted our dreams for us, to each man he interpreted according to his dream.
(13) And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was. He restored me to my office, and he hanged him."
Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams
(14) Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon. He shaved himself, changed his clothes, and came in to Pharaoh.
(15) Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have dreamed a dream, and there is none who can interpret it, and I have heard it said of you, that you can understand a dream to interpret it."
(16) Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, "It is not in me. God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace."
(17) Pharaoh said to Joseph, "In my dream, behold, I stood on the bank of the river.
(18) Behold, there came up out of the river seven well favored and fat cows, and they fed in a meadow.
(19) Then, behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor, very ill favored and lean, as I never saw such sorrow in all the land of Egypt.
(20) And the lean and the ill favored cows ate up the first seven fat cows.
(21) When they had eaten them up, you would not have known that they had eaten them, because they were still ill favored, as at the beginning. Then I awoke.
(22) Then behold, I saw in my second dream seven ears come up in one stalk, full and good.
(23) Then behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind, sprung up after them.
(24) And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears. I told this to the magicians, but there was none that could explain it to me."
(25) Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one. God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.
(26) The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years. The dreams are one.
(27) And the seven thin and ill favored cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears scorched with the east wind shall be seven years of famine.
(28) This is the thing which I have spoken to Pharaoh. What God is about to do he has shown to Pharaoh.
(29) Behold, there are coming seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt.
(30) Then after them there shall arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine shall consume the land.
(31) The plenty shall not be known in the land because of the famine following, for it shall be very grievous.
(32) Since the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice, it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.
Joseph Made Second in Charge of Egypt
(33) Now therefore let Pharaoh look for 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 a fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.
(35) And let them gather all the food during those good years that are coming, and lay up corn under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.
(36) The food shall be stored for the land for the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt, so that the land does not perish through the famine."
(37) And this advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
(38) And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find one such as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?"
(39) So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Seeing as God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are.
(40) You shall be over my house, and according to your word shall all my people be ruled. Only in the throne will I be greater than you."
(41) And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt."
(42) Then Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck.
(43) And he made him ride in the second chariot which he had, and they cried before him, "Bow the knee!" He made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
(44) Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, and without your approval no man shall lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt."
(45) Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnathpaaneah, and he gave him Asenath the daughter of Potipherah, priest of On, as his wife. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.
Seven Years of Plenty
(46) Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.
(47) In the seven plentiful years the earth brought forth abundantly.
(48) So he gathered up all the food during the seven plentiful years in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities. He laid up in every city the food of the fields which were around the city.
(49) Joseph gathered corn in great abundance, as the sand of the sea, until he ceased numbering it, for it was beyond numbering.
(50) And to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, whom Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bore to him.
(51) Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh, saying, "For God has made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house."
(52) And the name of the second he called Ephraim, saying, "For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction."
Seven Years of Famine
(53) The seven years of plenty, that was in the land of Egypt, ended.
(54) Then the seven years of famine began to come, according as Joseph had said. The famine was in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
(55) Now when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread, and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do."
(56) The famine was over all the face of the earth. And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians, and the famine grew severe in the land of Egypt.
(57) People from all countries came into Egypt to Joseph to buy corn, because the famine was so severe in all lands.