1 And it was, from the end of two years of days, and 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◦, evil in look and thin in flesh; and stood beside the cows upon the lip of the river◦.
4 And the cows, bad in appearance and thin in flesh, did eat up the seven cows, beautiful in 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, that 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 spoke the prince of the cupbearers to Pharaoh, saying, I◦ do remember my sins this day.
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 each··man◦ according to the interpretation of his dream.
12 And there was with◦ us there a Hebrew youth, servant to the prince of the guards◦; and we recounted◦ to him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each··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 hurried him 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 me1; God shall answer peace to 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 in 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 are seven years, and the seven good ears◦ are seven years; the dream is one.
27 And the seven slender and evil 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 word2, that I spoke to Pharaoh; what God does He has caused Pharaoh to see.
29 Behold there come seven years of great plenty 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 eat··all the land;
31 and the plenty shall·· not ··be··known in the land from the face 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, Forasmuch as God has caused thee to know all this, there is no one so intelligent and wise 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 set 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-paneach; 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 over into all the land of Egypt.
47 And the land made a gathering 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 her midst.
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··born4 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 Manasseh; 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 Ephraim; For God has made·· me ··fruitful in the land of my affliction.
53 And the seven years of plenty, which was 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 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 them5, and rationed to Egypt; and the famine was firmly in the land of Egypt.
57 And all the land came to Egypt to purchase, to Joseph; for the famine was firm in all the land.
1Literally, “besides me”
2I.e., the thing (see AC 1785, AC 5075, 5272)
3“‘Abrech’ in the original language is ‘bend the knees’ and bending the knees is adoration”. (AC 5323)
4See footnote on Gen. 35:26.
5I.e. the storehouses, see AC 5370