72 : Pharoah Tells Joseph His Dreams
So Pharaoh said to Joseph:"In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the Nile,
and there came out of the river seven cows, fat and handsome, and they fed in the meadow but, behold, seved other cows came up after them, thin and scrawny,
such as I never saw in the land of Egypt for badness.
The lean and scrawny cows ate the first seven cows, the fat ones, and when they had eaten them,
they 'still appeared the same.
They remained thin and scrawny as in the beginning.
So I awoke. "In my other dream I saw, behold,
seven ears of corn come up on one stalk. They were full and good.
Then, behold, seven ears, withered, thin and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them.
The thin ears devoured the seven good ears.
I told these dreams to the magicians, but they could not interpret them for me."
Joseph said to Pharaoh: "The two dreams of Pharaoh are one.
God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.
"The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years:
the dream is the same.
The seven thin and scrawny cows that came after are seven years,
and the seven empty ears, blasted with the east wind, will be seven years of famine.
"This is the meaning of what I have told Pharaoh:
What God is about to do, he is showing to Pharaoh.
Behold, there will be seven years of great plenty throughout the whole land of Egypt.
And after them will come seven years of famine.
All the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine shall consume the land.
The plenty will no longer be remembered in the land because of the famine that will follow,
for it shall be great.
"The dream was sent to Pharaoh twice because this thing has been decided by God,
and God will make it happen soon.
"Now, therefore, let Pharaoh search for a man wise and discreet,
and make him a governor over the land of Egypt.
Let Pharaoh do this and let him appoint officers over the land,
and gather up a fifth of the harvest of the land in the seven years of plenty.
"Let them gather all the food of those good years that come,
and lay up corn under the order of Pharaoh, and keep it in the cities.
And that food shall be stored for the land to draw on during the seven years of famine which shall come later in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through famine."
The plan seemed good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
Pharaoh said to his servants:
"Can we find such a man, a man in whom there is, as in this one, the spirit of God?"
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