The Word of the Lord

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Genesis 41

1 And it was, from the end of two·​·years of days, that Pharaoh dreamed, and behold, he stood by the river.
2 And behold, from the river there came·​·up seven cows, beautiful in appearance and nourished in flesh; and they pastured in the sedge.
3 And behold, seven other cows came·​·up after them out·​·of the river, of bad appearance and thin in flesh, and stood beside the cows upon the lip of the river.
4 And the cows, bad of appearance and thin in flesh, did eat up the seven cows, beautiful of appearance and nourished. And Pharaoh awoke.
5 And he slept and dreamed a second time, and behold, seven ears of grain came·​·up upon one reed, nourished and good.
6 And behold, seven ears thin and scorched by the east·​·wind grew after them.
7 And the thin ears swallowed·​·up the seven nourished and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream.
8 And it was, in the morning, and his spirit was disquieted; and he sent and called all the magicians of Egypt, and all her wise men; and Pharaoh told· them ·of his dream; and no·​·one interpreted these things to Pharaoh.
9 And the prince of the cupbearers spoke with Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my sins today.
10 Pharaoh was·​·enraged against his servants, and put me under guard in the house of the prince of the guards, me and the prince of the bakers;
11 and we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed a man according·​·to the interpretation of his dream.
12 And there was with us there a Hebrew lad, servant to the prince of the guards; and we recounted to him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to a man according·​·to his dream he did interpret.
13 And it was, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he returned to my position, and him he hanged.
14 And Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they had him run from the pit; and he trimmed his hair, and changed his raiment, and came to Pharaoh.
15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it; and I have heard concerning thee, saying, Thou hearest a dream to interpret it.
16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, Not to me; God shall answer peace, Pharaoh.
17 And Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, In my dream behold, I stood on the lip of the river;
18 and behold, from the river there came·​·up seven cows, nourished in flesh and beautiful of form; and they pastured in the sedge.
19 And behold, seven other cows came·​·up afterwards, poor and very bad in form, and slender in flesh; they were as I have not seen in all the land of Egypt for badness;
20 and the slender and bad cows did eat·​·up the first seven nourished cows;
21 and they came·​·in to their inward·​·parts, and it was not known that they had come·​·in to their inward·​·parts; and their appearance was bad, as in the beginning. And I awoke.
22 And I saw in my dream, and behold, seven ears came·​·up upon one reed, full and good;
23 and behold, seven ears, shriveled, thin, and scorched by the east·​·wind, grew up after them;
24 and the thin ears swallowed·​·up the seven good ears; and I say it to the magicians; and no·​·one tells it to me.
25 And Joseph said to Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh, it is one; what God is doing He has told to Pharaoh.
26 The seven good cows, they are seven years, and the seven good ears, they are seven years; the dream, it is one.
27 And the seven slender and evil cows that came·​·up after them, they are seven years, and the seven empty ears scorched with the east·​·wind shall be seven years of famine.
28 This is the word1 that I spoke to Pharaoh; what God does He has caused Pharaoh to see.
29 Behold, there come seven years of great plenty2 in all the land of Egypt;
30 and there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume·​·all the land;
31 and the plenty shall not ·be known in the land from the faces of that famine after it, for it shall be very heavy.
32 And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh two·​·times, for the word is established by God, and God is hastening to do it.
33 And now let Pharaoh see a man with understanding and wisdom, and put him over the land of Egypt.
34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint overseers over the land, and take the fifth of the land of Egypt in the seven years of plenty.
35 And let them bring·​·together all the food of those good years that come, and pile·​·up grain under the hand of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them guard it.
36 And the food shall be for a deposit for the land, for the seven years of the famine that shall be in the land of Egypt; and the land shall not be cut·​·off in the famine.
37 And the word was·​·good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, Shall we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the spirit of God?
39 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Since God has caused thee to know all this, there is no·​·one so with understanding and wisdom as thou.
40 Thou shalt be over my house, and upon thy mouth shall all my people kiss; only in the throne will I be·​·greater than thou.
41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, See, I have put thee over all the land of Egypt.
42 And Pharaoh removed his ring from upon his hand, and put it upon the hand of Joseph, and clothed him in garments of fine·​·linen, and set a necklace of gold upon his neck;
43 and he had him ride in the second chariot that he had; and they proclaimed before him, Abrech3; and he put him over all the land of Egypt.
44 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and besides thee shall no man lift·​·high his hand or his foot in all the land of Egypt.
45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath-paneach4; and he gave him Asenath the daughter of Potiphera priest of On for a woman; and Joseph went·​·out over the land of Egypt.
46 And Joseph was a son of thirty years when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went·​·out from before Pharaoh, and passed into all the land of Egypt.
47 And the land made a gathering5 by handfuls in the seven years of plenty.
48 And he brought·​·together all the food of the seven years that were in the land of Egypt, and put the food in cities; the food of the field of the city, that which was all around her, he put in the midst of her.
49 And Joseph piled·​·up grain as the sand of the sea, multiplying it exceedingly, until he stopped numbering, for it had no number.
50 And to Joseph was·​·born6 two sons before the year of famine came, to whom Asenath the daughter of Potiphera priest of On gave·​·birth for him.
51 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh7: For God has made me forget all my labor, and all the house of my father.
52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim8: For God has made· me ·fruitful in the land of my affliction.
53 And the seven years of plenty, which had been in the land of Egypt, were completed.
54 And the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said; and there was famine in all the lands; and in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
55 And all the land of Egypt was·​·hungry, and the people cried to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said to all of Egypt, Go to Joseph; what he says to you, do.
56 And the famine was on all the faces of the land; and Joseph opened all that was in them9, and rationed to Egypt; and the famine held·​·firm in the land of Egypt.
57 And all the land came to Egypt to purchase, to Joseph; for the famine held·​·firm in all the land.

1“In the original language by ‘word’ is meant some real thing.... All things that are real ... come into existence through the Divine truth that is from the Lord, and thus through the Word” (AC 5272:1-2).

2“The word in the original language by which abundance of grain [or ‘plenty’] is expressed is one that expresses the opposite of famine” (AC 5276).

3“‘Abrech’ in the original language is ‘bend the knees,’ and bending the knees is adoration” (AC 5323).

4“In the original language ‘Zaphenath-paneach’ means ‘a revealer of things that are hidden and a discloser of things to come’” (AC 5331).

5as in AC 5334

6The verb “was born” is singular in the Hebrew; a similar case in Genesis 35:26 is explained in AC 4610.

7“In the original language ‘Manasseh’ means ‘forgetfulness’” (AC 5353).

8“In the original language ‘Ephraim’ was named from ‘fruitfulness’” (AC 5355).

9i.e., the storehouses (see AC 5370)