Genesis Chapter 41 (Review)

  1. And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.

After 2 whole years, pharaoh dreamt.

  1. And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well-favored kine and fat-fleshed; and they fed in a meadow.

In this dream, he stood by the river (THE means it’s a specific river….which is the Nile. As it is the river associated with Egypt), and out of this river, 7 fat, fresh, cows came out and they ate in green pastures.

  1. And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill-favored and lean-fleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river.

Then 7 skinny, hungry cows came out of that same river, and they stood beside the fat, fresh cows.

  1. And the ill-favored and lean-fleshed kine did eat up the seven well-favored and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.

And instead of the skinny cows to eat from the green pastures, they ate up the fat cows.
And pharaoh woke up.

  1. And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.

But then he slept off again. And he dreamt another dream. In this dream, some 7 portions of very good corn grew on one stalk.

  1. And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them.
  2. And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.

Then also, 7 thin portions of corn which were dried up by the wind, came up as well and they ate/absorbed/destroyed the good corns and he woke up and saw that it was a dream.


  1. And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.

And in the morning, he was bothered because of the dreams, and he called all his magicians and ‘wise’ men and he relayed the dream to them, but no one could give meaning to it.

  1. Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:

Then the butler (who was in prison with Joseph) remembered his faults.

  1. Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard’s house, both me and the chief baker:

And he spoke to pharaoh and said, a while ago you were angry with me and the baker and we were sent into your prison.

  1. and we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream.

Both I and the baker dreamt in one night and our dream had different interpretations.

  1. And there was there with us a young man, a Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret.

And a young Hebrew man was with us, a servant of Potiphar, and we told him the dream, and he interpreted it to each of us.

  1. And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.

And really, as he interpreted, so was it. I was restored into office and the baker was hung.

  1. Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.

And pharaoh sent for Joseph and HASTILY, fast fast, he was brought out of the prison. He ran out.
Then he shaved and changed his clothes and then showed himself to pharaoh.

  1. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.

Pharaoh said…I HAVE HEARD OF YOU. He was in prison yet he was heard of. i dreamt a dream and no one has been able to interpret it. But I heard you can understand and a interpret dreams.

  1. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

And Joseph said…it’s not me…but God.

  1. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river:
  2. and, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fat-fleshed and well-favored ; and they fed in a meadow:
  3. and, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill-favored and lean-fleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness:
  4. and the lean and the ill-favored kine did eat up the first seven fat kine:
  5. and when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill-favored, as at the beginning. So I awoke.
  6. And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good:
  7. and, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them:
  8. and the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me.

Then pharaoh relayed both dreams to Joseph.

  1. And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath showed Pharaoh what he is about to do.

And Joseph said…Both dreams have the same interpretation. God showed you-pharaoh what he is about to do.

  1. The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.
  2. And the seven thin and ill-favored kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine.
  3. This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he showeth unto Pharaoh.
  4. Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:
  5. 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 the land
  6. and the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.

There shall be 7 years of plenty(harvest) after which 7 years of famine will come in and it would seem as if there was never a ‘plenty’.

  1. And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

And because the dream came twice in two different ways, it means it’s unescapable. It is settled and established and it comes sooner than you think.

  1. Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.

So now, it’s best you-pharaoh look for a man that is very wise, and let him be in charge of the affairs of Egypt.

  1. Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.
  2. And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.

Also, appoint officers and take 1/5  (20%) and use during the time of plenty (meaning the remaining 4/5  (80%) would be stored)

  1. And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.

And then this remaining stored percentage would be used to feed the nation during the time of famine that people may never know that there was a famine.

  1. And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.

And it sounded very good before pharaoh and his servants.

  1. And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

Can we find any man like this? A man that the spirit of God dwells in. The spirit of God dwelling in the life of Joseph was identified by one who served other gods.

  1. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath showed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:

Since God has shown this to you, there is no one discerning and wise like you

  1. thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled : only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

You will be in charge of my house. And based on what you have said, everybody in Egypt will be ruled. Only in the throne will I be greater than you.

Now since all joseph did was to interpret, pharaoh could have added him to the list of wise men he had. But pharaoh was drawn to the wisdom joseph used to bring a solution.

Hence he became second in command. Just like pharaoh himself. Which even made him higher than his former master.

  1. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.

Now, I have set you over all of Egypt.

  1. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;

Then pharaoh put his ring in the hands of Joseph, gave him greater garments than that which his father made, and put bling✨ on his neck


  1. and he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

And pharaoh made Joseph ride in his own personal second chariot so everyone who sees him will give a loud shout and bow, and he ruled over Egypt.

  1. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.

And pharaoh told Joseph. I am pharaoh – I am in charge here, I am king. But without your permission, no one can lift his hand (do anything)

  1. And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnath-paaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.

And he was called a new name by Pharaoh. (Revealer of secrets/one whom secrets are revealed to.   Or God speaks and he lives) And was given a wife as well. Asenath. So Joseph had a pagan marriage.

  1. And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

And at this point in time, Joseph was 30.

After all of this happened, Joseph left the presence of pharaoh and went round all of Egypt.

  1. And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.

And the seven years of plenty did bring plenty

  1. And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same.
  2. And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.

And he kept saving and saving and saving and gathering and gathering up until it was innumerable. Uncountable. Immeasurable.

  1. And unto Joseph were born two sons, before the years of famine came: which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.

And his wife bore him two sons.

  1. And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh [forgetting]: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.

Joseph named the first born Manasseh (forget) and he said…God made me forget all my toil and my father’s house.

  1. And the name of the second called he Ephraim [fruitful]: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

And he called the second child Ephraim (fruitful) and said…God made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.

  1. And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.

The seven years of plenteous harvest ended.

  1. And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread

And just as Joseph said. The famine began and was in all lands. Except the land of Egypt.

  1. And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.

And when all the food finished in the land and the land did not bring forth fruit, the people cried to pharaoh and he said…go and meet Joseph and do whatever he tells you to do.

  1. And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.

And the famine was in every land. So Joseph opened up the stores, and began to sell unto the Egyptians. Even as the famine waxed sore.

  1. And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands

Because of the severity of the famine ALL COUNTRIES had to come to buy from Joseph.


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