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dreamed; and, behold, he stood by | I have dreamed a dream, and there the river.

is none that can interpret it; and I 2 And, behold, there came up out have heard say of thee that thou of the river seven well-favoured kine canst understand a dream to interand fat-feshed; and they fed in a pret it. meadow.

16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, 3 And, behold, seven other kine saying, It is not in me; God shall came up after them out of the river, give Pharaoh an answer of peace. ill-favoured and lean-fleshed; and 17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, stood by the other kine upon the In my dream, behold, I stood upon brink of the river.

the bank of the river; 4 And the ill-favoured and lean- 18 And, behold, there came up out fleshed kine did eat up

the seven

of the river seven kine, fat-fleshed well-favoured and fat kine. So Pha- and well-favoured; and they fed in a raoh awoke.

meadow; 5 And he slept and dreamed the 19 And, behold, seven other kine second time; and, behold, seven ears came up after them, poor and very of corn came up upon one stalk, rank ill-favoured and lean-tieshed, such as and good.

I never saw in all the land of Egypt 6 And, behold, seven thin ears and for badness; blasted with the east wind sprung

20 And the lean and the ill-favoured up after them.

kine did eat up the first seven fat And the seven thin ears devoured kine; the seven rank and full ears. And 21 And when they had eaten them Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was up, it could not be known that they a dream.

had eaten them; but they were still & And it came to pass in the morn. ill-favoured, as at the beginning. So ing that his spirit was troubled ; and I awoke. be sent and called for all the inagi- 22 And I saw in my dream, and, cians of Egypt, and all the wise men behold, seven ears came up in one thereof; and Pharaoh told them his stalk, full and good; dream; but there was none that could 23 And, behold, seven ears, withered, interpret them into Pharaoh.

thin, and blasted with the east wind, 9 Then spake the chief butler unto sprung up after them; Pbaraoh, saying, I do remember my 24 And the thin ears devoured the faults this day;

seven good ears; and I told this unto 10 Pharaoh was wroth with his ser- the magicians; but there was nono vants, and put me in ward in the that could declare it to me. captain of the guard's house, both 25 And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, ne and the chief baker;

The dream of Pharaoh is one; God 11 And we dreamed a dream in one hath showed Pharaoh what he is night, I and he; we dreamed each about to do. man according to the interpretation 26 The seven good kine are seven of his dream.

years; and the seven good ears are 12 And there was there with us a seven years; the dream is one. young man, a Hebrew, servant to the 27 And the seven thin and illcaptain of the guard; and we told favoured kine that came up after him, and he interpreted to us our them are seven years; and the seven dreams; to each man according to empty ears blasted with the east bis dream he did interpret.

wind shall be seven years of famine. 13 And it came to pase, as he inter- 28 This is the thing which I have preted to us, so it was; me be restored spoken unto Pharaoh ; What God is onto ruine office, and him he hanged. about to do he showeth unto Pha

14 Then Pharaoh sent and called raoh. Joseph, and they brought him 29 Behold, there come seven years bastily out of the dungeon; and he of great plenty throughout all the ebaved himself, and changed his land of Egypt; raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. 30 And there shall arise after them 15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, 1 seven years of famine; and all the



plenty shall be forgotten in the land | I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall of Egypt; and the famine shall con- no man lift up his hand or foot in all sune the land;

the land of Egypt. 31 And the plenty shall not be 45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's known in the land by reason of that Dame Zaphnath-paaneah; and he famine following; for it shall be very gave him to wife À senath the daughgrievous.

ter of Poti-pherah priest of On. 32 And for that the dream And Josepb went out over all the doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is land of Egypt. because the thing is established by 46 And Joseph was thirty years God, and God will shortly bring it to old when he stood before Pharaoh pass.

king of Egypt. And Joseph went 33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out from the presence of Pharaoh, out a man discreet and wise, and set and went throughout all the land of him over the land of Egypt.

Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let 47 And in the seven plenteous him appoint officers over the land, years the earth brought forth by and take up the fifth part of the handfuls. land of Egypt in the seven plenteous 48 And he gathered up all the food years.

of the seven years, which were in the 35 And let them gather all the food land of Egypt, and laid up the food of those good years that come, and in the cities; the food of the field, lay up corn under the hand of Pha- which was round about every city, raoh, and let them keep food in the laid he up in the same. cities.

49 Aud Joseph gathered corn 36 And that food shall be for store the sand of the sea, very much, until to the land against the seven years he left numbering; for it was without of famine, which shall be in the land number. of Egypt; that the land perish not 50 And unto Joseph were born two through the famine.

sons, before the years of famine came; 37 And the thing was good in the which Asenath the daughter of Potieyes of Pharaob, and in the eyes of pherah priest of On bare unto him. all his servants.

51 And Joseph called the name of 38 And Pharaoh said unto his the first-born Manasseh ; For God, servants, Can we find such a one as said he, hath made me forget all my this is, a man in whom the Spirit of toil, and all my father's house. God is?

52 And the name of the second 39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, called he Ephraim; For God bath Forasinuch as God hath showed thee caused me to be fruitful in the land all this, there is none so discreet and of iny aflliction. wise as thou art;

53 And the seven years of plente40 Thou shalt be over my house, ousness, that was in the land of and aceording unto thy word shall Egypt, were ended. all

my people be ruled ; only in the 54 And the seven years of dearth throne will I be greater than thou. began to come, according as Joseph 41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, had said; and the dearth was in all See, I have set thee over all the land lauds; but in all the land of Egypt of Egypt.

there was bread. 42 And Pharaoh took off his ring 55 And when all the land of Egypt from his hand, and put it upon Jo- was famished, the people cried to seph's hand, and arrayed him in ves Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said tures of fine linen, and put a gold unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Jochain about his neck;

seph; what he saith to you, do. 43 And he made him to ride in the 56 And the famine was over all the second chariot wbich he had; and face of the earth; and Joseph opened they cried before him, Bow the knee; all the storehouses, and sold unto the and he made him ruler over all the Egyptians; and the famine waxed land of Egypt.

sore in the land of Egypt. 44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, 57 And all countries came into


Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; 14 And Joseph said unto them, because that the famine was so sore That is it that I spake unto you, in all lands.

saying, Ye are spies; CHAPTER XLII.

15 Hereby ye shall be proved; By Jacob sendeth his ten soms to buy corn in

the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go Egypt- They are imprisoned by Joseph. forth hence, except your youngest TOW when Jacob saw that there brother come hither.

was corn in Egypt, Jacob said 16 Send one of you, and let him unto his sons, Why do ye look one fetch your brother, and ye shall be upon another?

kept in prison, that your words may 2 And he said, Behold, I have heard be proved, whether there be any truth that there is corn in Egypt; get you in you; or else by the life of Pharaoh down thither, and buy for us from surely ye are spies. thence; that we may live, and not 17 And he put them all together die.

into ward three days. 3 And Joseph's ten brethren went 18 And Joseph said unto them the down to buy corn in Egypt.

third day, This do, and live; for I 4 But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, fear God; Jacob sent not with his brethren; for 19 If ye be true men, let one of he said, Lest peradventure mischief your brethren be bound in the house befall him.

of your prison; go ye, carry corn for 5 And the sons of Israel came to the fainine of your houses; buy corn among those that came; 20 But bring your youngest brother for the famine was in the land of unto me; so sball your words be veriCanaan.

fied, and ye shall not die. And they 6 And Joseph was the governor did so. over the land, and he it was that 21 And they said, one to another, sold to all the people of the land ; We are verily guilty concerning our and Joseph's brethren came, and brother, in that we saw the anguish bowed down themselves before him of his soul, when he besought us, and with their faces to the earth.

we would not hear; therefore is this 7 And Joseph saw his brethren, distress come upon us. and he knew them, but made him- 22 And Reuben answered them, self strange unto them, and spake saying, Spake I not unto you, sayrougbly unto them; and he said unto ing, Do not sin against the child; tbein, Whence come ye? And they and ye would not hear? therefore, said. From the land of Canaan to behold, also his blood is required. buy food.

23 And they knew not that Joseph 8 And Joseph knew his brethren, understood them; for he spake unto but they knew not him.

them by an interpreter. 9 And Joseph remembered the 24 And he turned himself about dreams which he dreamed of them, from them, and wept; and returned and said unto them, Ye are spies; to to them again, and communed with see the nakedness of the land ye are them, and took from them Simcon, come.

and bound him before their eyes. 19 And they said unto him, Nay, 25 Then Joseph commanded to fill my lord, but to buy food are thy ser- their sacks with corn, and to restore Tants come.

every man's money into his sack, and 11 We are all one man's sons; we to give them provision for the way; are true men; thy servants are no aud thus did he unto them. spies.

26 And they laded their asses with 12 And he said unto them, Nay, the corn, and departed thence. but to see the nakedness of the land 27 And as one of them opened his ye are come.

sack to give his ass provender in the 13 And they said, Thy servants are inn, he espied his money; for, betwelve brethren, the sons of one man hold, it was in his sack's mouth. in the land of Canaan; and, behold, 28 And he said unto his brethren, the youngest is this day with our My money is restored; and, lo, it is father, and one is not.

even in my sack; and their heart




failed them, and they were afraid, said unto them, Go again, buy us a saving one to another, What is this little food. that God hath done unto us?

3 And Judah spake unto him, say29 And they came unto Jacob their ing, The man did solemnly protest father unto the land of Canaan; and unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my told him all that befell unto them; face, except your brother be with saying,

you. 30 The man, who is the lord of the 4 If thou wilt send our brother with land, spake roughly to us, and took us, we will go down and buy thee us for spies of the country.

food; 31 And we said unto him, We are 5 But if thou wilt not send him, we true men ; we are no spies;

will not go down; for the man said 32 We be twelve brethren, sons of unto us, Ye shall not see my face, our father; one is not, and the young- except your brother be with you. est is this day with our father in the 6 And Israel said, Wherefore dealt land of Canaan.

ye go ill with me, as to tell the man 33 And the man, the lord of the whether ye had yet a brother? country, said unto us, Hereby shall 7 And they said, The man asked us I know that ye are true men; leave straitly of our state, and of one of your brethren here with me, kindred, saying, Is your father yet and take food for the famine of your alive? have ye another brother? and households, and be gone;

we told him according to the tenor 34 And bring your youngest brother of these words ; Could we certainly unto me; then shall I know that ye know that he would say, Bring your are no spies, but that ye are true brother down? so will I deliver

your 8 And Judah said unto Israel his brother, and ye shall traffic in the father, Send the lad with me, and we land.

will arise and go; that we may live, 35 And it came to pass as they and not die, both we, and thou, and emptied their sacks, that, behold, also our little ones. every man's bundle of money was in 9 I will be surety for him; of my his sack: and when both they and hand shalt thou require him: if I their father saw the bundles of bring him not unto thee, and set him money, they were afraid.

before thee, then let ine bear the 36 And Jacob their father said unto blame for ever; them, Me have ye bereaved of my 10 For except we had lingered, children; Joseph is not, and Simeon surely now we had returned this is not, and ye will take Benjamin second time. away ; all these things are against 11 And their father Israel said unto

them, If it must be so now, do this; 37 And Reuben spake unto his take of the best fruits in the land in father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I your vessels, and carry down the bring him not to thee; deliver him man a present, a little balm, and a into my hand, and I will bring him little honey, spices and myrrh, nuts to thee again.

and almonds; 38 And he said, My son shall not go 12 And take double money in your down with you; for his brother is hand; and the money that was dead, and he is left alone; if mis- brought again in the mouth of your chief befall him by the way in the sacks, carry it again in your hand; which ye go, then shall ye bring peradventure it was an oversight. down my gray hairs with sorrow to 13 Take also your brother, and

arise, go again unto the man ;

14 And God Almighty give you CILAPTER XLIII. Joseph maketh his brethren a feast. mercy before the man, that he may ND the famine was sore in the send away your other brother, and

Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my 2 And it came to pass, when they children, I am bereaved. had eaten up the corn which they 15 And the men took that present, had brought out of Egypt, their father and they took double money in their

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hand, and Benjamın; and rose up, | alive. And they bowed down their and went down to Egypt, and stood heads, and made obeisance. before Joseph.

29 And be lifted up his eyes, and 16 And when Joseph saw Benjamin saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's with them, he said to the ruler of bis son, and said, Is this your younger bouse, Bring these men home, and brother, of whom ye spake unto me? slay, and make ready; for these men And he said, God be gracious unto sball dine with me at noon.

thee, my son. 17 And the man did as Joseph bade; 30 And Joseph made haste; for bis and the man brought the men into bowels did yearn upon his brother; Joseph's house.

and he sought where to weep; and be 18 And the men were afraid, be entered into his chamber, and wept cause tbey were brought into Joseph's there. house; and they said, Because of the 31 And he washed his face, and money that was returned in our sacks

went out, and refrained himself, and at the first time are we brought in; said, Set on bread. that he may seek occasion against 32 And they set on for him by himus, and fall upon us, and take us for self, and for them by themselves, and bondmen, and our asses.

for the Egyptians, which did eat with 19 And they came near to the stew- him, by themselves; because the ard of Joseph's house, and they com- Egyptians might not eat bread with muned with him, at the door of the

the llebrews; for that is an abominabluse,

tion unto the Egyptians. 20 And said, 0 sir, we caine indeed 33 And they sat before him, the down at the first time to buy food; first-born according to his birthright,

21 And it came to pass, when we and the youngest according to his came to the inn, that we opened our youth ; and the men marvelled one tacks, and, behold, every man's at another. Doney was in the mouth of his sack, 34 And he took and sent messes our money in full weight; and we unto them from before him; but have brought it again in our hand. Benjamin's mess was five times so

22 And other money have we brought much as any of theirs. And they duro in our hands to buy food; we drank, and were merry with him. cannot tell who put our money in our


Josrph's policy. 23 And he said, Peace be to you, ND he commanded the steward of

A fear not; your God, and the God of his house, saying, Fill the men's your father, hath given you treasure sacks with food, as much as they can in your sacks; I had your money. carry, and put every man's money in And be brought Simeon out unto his sack's mouth, them.

2 And put my cup, the silver cup, 24 And the man brought the men in the sack's mouth of the youngest, into Joseph's house, and gave them and his corn-money. And he did acwater, and they washed their feet; cording to the word that Joseph had and he gave their asses provender. spoken.

25 And they made ready the present 3 As soon as the morning was light, against Joseph came at noon; for the men were sent away, they and they heard that they should eat bread their asses. tbere.

4 And when they were gone out of 26 And when Joseph came home, the city, and not yet far off, Joseph they brought him the present which said unto his steward, Up, follow afwas in their band into the house, and ter the men; and when thou dost bowed themselves to him to the earth. overtake them, say unto them, Where

27 And he asked them of their wel fore have ye rewarded evil for good ? fare, and said, Is your father well, 5 Is not this it in which my lord the old man of whom ye spake? Is drinketh, and whereby indeed he dibe yet alive?

vineth? ye have done evil in so doing. 2s And they answered, Thy servant 6 And he overtook them, and he our father is in good health, he is yet spake unto them these same words.

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