Genesis 41

Genesis 41

 
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33 "My suggestion is that you find the wisest man in Egypt and put him in charge of a nationwide program.

34 Let Pharaoh appoint officials over the land, and let them collect one-fifth of all the crops during the seven good years.

35 Have them gather all the food and grain of these good years into the royal storehouses, and store it away so there will be food in the cities.

36 That way there will be enough to eat when the seven years of famine come. Otherwise disaster will surely strike the land, and all the people will die."

37 Joseph's suggestions were well received by Pharaoh and his advisers.

38 As they discussed who should be appointed for the job, Pharaoh said, "Who could do it better than Joseph? For he is a man who is obviously filled with the spirit of God."

39 Turning to Joseph, Pharaoh said, "Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, you are the wisest man in the land!

40 I hereby appoint you to direct this project. You will manage my household and organize all my people. Only I will have a rank higher than yours."

41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt."

42 Then Pharaoh placed his own signet ring on Joseph's finger as a symbol of his authority. He dressed him in beautiful clothing and placed the royal gold chain about his neck.

43 Pharaoh also gave Joseph the chariot of his second-in-command, and wherever he went the command was shouted, "Kneel down!" So Joseph was put in charge of all Egypt.

44 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am the king, but no one will move a hand or a foot in the entire land of Egypt without your approval."

45 Pharaoh renamed him Zaphenath-paneah* and gave him a wife--a young woman named Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, priest of Heliopolis.* So Joseph took charge of the entire land of Egypt.1

46 He was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. And when Joseph left Pharaoh's presence, he made a tour of inspection throughout the land.

47 And sure enough, for the next seven years there were bumper crops everywhere.

48 During those years, Joseph took a portion of all the crops grown in Egypt and stored them for the government in nearby cities.

49 After seven years, the granaries were filled to overflowing. There was so much grain, like sand on the seashore, that the people could not keep track of the amount.

50 During this time, before the arrival of the first of the famine years, two sons were born to Joseph and his wife, Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, priest of Heliopolis.

51 Joseph named his older son Manasseh,* for he said, "God has made me forget all my troubles and the family of my father."2

52 Joseph named his second son Ephraim,* for he said, "God has made me fruitful in this land of my suffering."3

53 At last the seven years of plenty came to an end.

54 Then the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had predicted. There were crop failures in all the surrounding countries, too, but in Egypt there was plenty of grain in the storehouses.

55 Throughout the land of Egypt the people began to starve. They pleaded with Pharaoh for food, and he told them, "Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you."

56 So with severe famine everywhere in the land, Joseph opened up the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians.

57 And people from surrounding lands also came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph because the famine was severe throughout the world.

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Notes:

1: Zaphenath-paneah probably means “God speaks and lives.”

2: Manasseh sounds like a Hebrew term that means “causing to forget.”

3: Ephraim sounds like a Hebrew term that means “fruitful.”


New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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