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any thing that was under his hand; because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper.
Joseph as Interpreter of Dreams (Gen. xl. 1 - xli. 45). And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt. And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound. And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them : and they continued a season in ward.
And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison. And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and behold, they were sad. And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, “Wherefore look ye so sadly to-day?” And they said unto him : “We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.” And Joseph said unto them: “Do not interpretations belong to God ? tell me them, I pray you."
And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him : “In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; and in the vine were three branches : and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes. And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand ; and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave
the cup into Pharaoh's hand.”
And Joseph said unto him: “This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days. Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place : and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler. But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring nie out of this house : for indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews; and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.”
When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good,
he said unto Joseph: “I also was in my dream, and behold, I had three white baskets on my head. And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats 1 for Pharaoh ; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.” And Joseph answered and said : “ This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days. Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee."
And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants : and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he
into Pharaoh's hand. But he hanged the chief baker; as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.
And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed; and behold, he stood by the river. And behold, there came up out of the river seven well favored kine ? and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow. And behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favored and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river. And the ill favored and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favored and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.
And he slept and dreamed the second time. And behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good. And behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them. And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream.
And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians 8 of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh. Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying: “I do remember my faults this day : 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 we dreamed a dream in one
i bakemeats. Confectionery.
2 Kine. Cows; – for kyen, formed like oxen from the Old English cý pl. of cu, co .
magicians. The scribes, composing the literary caste of Egypt. They were learned in the interpretation of dreams, oinens, and the signs in the heavens.
night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream. And there was there with us a young man, an 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 it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.”
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 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.” And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying: “It is not in me : God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” And Pharaoh said unto Joseph: “In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river: and behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favored; and they fed in a meadow : and behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favored and leanfleshed, such as I saw in all the land of Egypt for badness : and the lean and the ill favored kine did eat up the first seven fat kine: 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. And I saw in my dream, and behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good : and behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them. 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."
And Joseph said unto Pharaoh : " The dream of Pharaoh is one. God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one. 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. This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh : What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh. Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt: 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; and the plenty shall not be
known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous. 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. Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. 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. 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. 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 the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eves of all his servants. And Pharaoh said unto his servants : “Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the spirit of God is?” And Pharaoh said unto Joseph: “Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art. 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.''
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, “See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.” 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; 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 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 called Joseph's name Zaphnath-paaneah; 2 and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah priest of On.
Joseph as Governor of Egypt (Gen. xli. 46–57). And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of
1 This Pharaoh was perhaps one of the later Hyksôs kings, Asiatic (perhaps Beduin) invaders who held Egypt for about 100 years — until about 1600 B. C.
2 Zaphnath-paaneah. “God spake, and he came into life.'
3 On. The native name of Heliopolis, seven miles north-east of the modern Cairn. It was the center of the worship of Ra, the sun-god. Cleopatra's Needle,” in Central Park, New York, was originally one of the obelisks erected here in front of the great temple of Ra, by Thutmose III. (1479-1447 B. c.).
Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls. 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. And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.
And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah priest of On bare unto him. And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh 1 “For God," said he, “hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house," and the name of the second called he Ephraim' “ For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction."
And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended. 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 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 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 all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands. ?
Joseph Reunited to his Brothers (Gen. xlii
. l-xlvii. 26). Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, “Why do ye look one upon another?” And he said: “Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die." And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt. But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, “Lest peradventure mischief befall him.”
And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan. And Joseph
1 Manasseh. 'Forgetting.' Ephraim. ‘Fruitful.'
2 Two inscriptions, one of the 12th, the other of the 17th dynasty (the latter being perhaps the time of Joseph) mention disbursements of food in years of famine, which have repeatedly occurred when the Nile fails to overflow.