Genesis Chapter 41

Genesis 41

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

2 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow.

3 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river.

4 And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.

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

6 And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them.

7 And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.

8 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.

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

10 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:

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 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.

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

14 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.

15 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.

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

17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river:

18 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:

19 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness:

20 And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine:

21 And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke.

22 And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good:

23 And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them:

24 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.

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

26 The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.

27 And the seven thin and ill favoured 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.

28 This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh.

29 Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout 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 the land;

31 And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.

32 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.

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

34 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.

35 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.

36 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.

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

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

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

40 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.

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

42 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;

43 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.

44 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.

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

46 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.

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

48 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.

49 And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.

50 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.

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

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

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

54 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.

55 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.

56 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.

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

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16 thoughts on “Genesis Chapter 41

  1. When we are on God’s team and listen to him, even in times of distress we can propsper. Joseph even named his two sons according to what God had done for him.

    vs 34 I see this as God’s example that taxation should be no more than 1/5 part or 20%.

  2. THE PROCESS OF PROMOTION II

    14 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.

    Promotion has its ups and downs, in and outs, tragedy and triumph, however the key as we see through Joseph’s life is remaining faithful in our faith and to our LORD Jesus.

    In the Process we cannot see the BIG picture. The BIG picture here reveals that Pharaoh turned to his own influencers “the magicians” however they could not help him.

    Opportunity arises and now Joseph is called on once again as a result of a previous investment to a butler that had been promoted. Now Joseph is promoted to Pharaoh’s house not Potiphar who was a Captain of Pharaoh.

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  3. It’s all in the name: From Joseph now name changed to Zaphnath-Paaneah(Bread maybe). But Joseph sold by his brothers, but yet rose to become the 2nd most powerful man in Egypt. V.51 the name of his first born Manasseh- for God said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my fathers house.

    • Second child Ephraim; for God has called me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction. Encouraged this morning by God’s Word!! Thank you Jesus!

  4. Joseph had been sold by his brothers and imprisoned by Pharoah: both unjustly. Then found himself the object of a broken promise from the King’s baker. Yet, when the time came for him to deliver a message from God to the Pharaoh; he was ready. That tells me that his imprisonment was not spent having a “pity party.” He stayed ready for his deliverance and it came! No matter how bleak things around us may seem, we need to continue to honor God and know that He will deliver us.

  5. v 9 ” saying I do remember my faults this day”

    Sorry church family I read chapter 41 yesterday
    Instead of ch. 40.
    Thank The Lord I’m in the right chapter today.
    What this chapter spoke to me today was in
    v 4 ” so Pharaoh awoke”
    v 5 ” and he slept and dreamed the second time”

    If GOD has given you a dream don’t give up keep dreaming. Keep praying, reading His word,seeking, praising, leaping, shouting, worship. Keep on keeping on.

  6. In reading this chapter, I realize that God shows us to wait on his time. He gives us a picture of things to come and we want them now and not in his time frame. Joseph had been sitting on a promise for a long time, he could have given up hope at any time, but he didnt, he waited on Gods time. Can’t you imagine Joseph in vs 42 wanting to jump up and say, my promise is at hand, its about time I’ve been waiting on this my entire life. could you imagine how Joseph felt in vs 55 when Pharoh said, “Go unto Joseph”

    Its not about our time, its about Gods time. When he makes a promise, he will hold to it, if we just remain faithful.

  7. After interpreting Pharaoh’s dream, Joseph gave the king a survival plan for the next 14 years. The only way to prevent starvation was through careful planning; without a famine plan Egypt would have turned from prosperity to ruin. Many find detailed planning boring and unnecessary, but planning is a responsibility, not an option. Joseph was able to save a nation by translating God’s plan for Egypt into practical actions.

    Famine was a catastrophe because ancient people relied almost exclusively on their own crops for food. Almost perfect conditions were needed to produce good crops because there were no chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Any variance in rainfall or insect activity could cause crop failure and great hunger. Lack of storage, refrigeration, or transportation turned a moderate famine into a desperate situation. The famine Joseph prepared for was especially severe because seven years of famine came one right after another. Without God’s intervention, the Egyptian nation would have crumbled.

  8. 46 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.

    Two full years after Joseph thought he was about to get out the word finally comes for his release.

    Imagine, you just interpreted the dream of the man who would set you free and two years go by without a sound.

    At the age of seventeen the vision is given. At the age of 18 Joseph is a slave. A few years later he is in a place of importance under Potiphar. Then suddenly cast into prison.

    Finally at the age of thirty God’s perfect timing is made known and Joseph steps into destiny.

    Had joseph been set free prior to the two years, he would not have been elevated to the place God wanted him to be at.

    We must wait on his timing, even when we already see the door has closed, we must wait for him to open the next door.

  9. 44 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.

  10. This chapter illustrates wisdom. “And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” Joseph gave the glory to God, which we must also do. If we praise and show reverence to the King (Jesus) then we will receive the same. Pastor preaches we reap what we sow, which is why we are to (should want to) Be-Church. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  11. Anytime you represent the King of Kings, make sure you look like it.

    14 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.

  12. in only 2 story cycles in Scripture is a dream interpreter needed: Joseph’s and Daniel’s (Dan 2:27; 4:4-8) And in both of these instances, the dreamers are not Israelites. All examples of Isrealite dreams are understood by the dreamers themselves. If one compares the “dream” literature of the Babylonians and Egyptians with that of the Bible, the Hebrews were noticeably less preoccupied with dream interpretation than where either the Egyptians or Babylonians. Instead, the Hebrews considered hearing direclty from God a superior method of communication as should we.

  13. 14 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.

    even here we see that you haev to be cleaned up and shaven to enter the prescence of Pharaoh, so why would we think any less for the King of Kings.

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