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  • Pharaoh's cup-bearer, however, promptly forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought. - Genesis 40:23

  • Two years later, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing on the bank of the Nile River. - Genesis 41:1

  • Then the thin, ugly cows ate the fat ones! At this point in the dream, Pharaoh woke up. - Genesis 41:4

  • And these thin heads swallowed up the seven plump, well-formed heads! Then Pharaoh woke up again and realized it was a dream. - Genesis 41:7

  • The next morning, as he thought about it, Pharaoh became very concerned as to what the dreams might mean. So he called for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt and told them about his dreams, but not one of them could suggest what they meant. - Genesis 41:8

  • Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was brought hastily from the dungeon. After a quick shave and change of clothes, he went in and stood in Pharaoh's presence. - Genesis 41:14

  • "I had a dream last night," Pharaoh told him, "and none of these men can tell me what it means. But I have heard that you can interpret dreams, and that is why I have called for you." - Genesis 41:15

  • So Pharaoh told him the dream. "I was standing on the bank of the Nile River," he said. - Genesis 41:17

  • "Both dreams mean the same thing," Joseph told Pharaoh. "God was telling you what he is about to do. - Genesis 41:25

  • Let Pharaoh appoint officials over the land, and let them collect one-fifth of all the crops during the seven good years. - Genesis 41:34

  • Joseph's suggestions were well received by Pharaoh and his advisers. - Genesis 41:37

  • 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." - Genesis 41:38

  • Turning to Joseph, Pharaoh said, "Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, you are the wisest man in the land! - Genesis 41:39

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

  • 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. - Genesis 41:42

  • 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. - Genesis 41:43

  • 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." - Genesis 41:44
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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