Bible: Genesis 41:25-40

41:25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Both dreams of Pharaoh have the same meaning. 1  God has revealed 2  to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 3  41:26 The seven good cows represent seven years, and the seven good heads of grain represent seven years. Both dreams have the same meaning. 4  41:27 The seven lean, bad-looking cows that came up after them represent seven years, as do the seven empty heads of grain burned with the east wind. They represent 5  seven years of famine. 41:28 This is just what I told 6  Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. 41:29 Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the whole land of Egypt. 41:30 But seven years of famine will occur 7  after them, and all the abundance will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will devastate 8  the land. 41:31 The previous abundance of the land will not be remembered 9  because of the famine that follows, for the famine will be very severe. 10  41:32 The dream was repeated to Pharaoh 11  because the matter has been decreed 12  by God, and God will make it happen soon. 13 

41:33So now Pharaoh should look 14  for a wise and discerning man 15  and give him authority 16  over all the land of Egypt. 41:34 Pharaoh should do 17  this – he should appoint 18  officials 19  throughout the land to collect one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt 20  during the seven years of abundance. 41:35 They should gather all the excess food 21  during these good years that are coming. By Pharaoh’s authority 22  they should store up grain so the cities will have food, 23  and they should preserve it. 24  41:36 This food should be held in storage for the land in preparation for the seven years of famine that will occur throughout the land of Egypt. In this way the land will survive the famine.” 25 

41:37 This advice made sense to Pharaoh and all his officials. 26  41:38 So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find a man like Joseph, 27  one in whom the Spirit of God is present? 28  41:39 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Because God has enabled you to know all this, there is no one as wise and discerning 29  as you are! 41:40 You will oversee my household, and all my people will submit to your commands. 30  Only I, the king, will be greater than you. 31 

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