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Genesis 41 Biblia Sacra Vulgata (VULGATE)

41 Post duos annos vidit Pharao somnium. Putabat se stare super fluvium,

de quo ascendebant septem boves, pulchrae et crassae nimis: et pascebantur in locis palustribus.

Aliae quoque septem emergebant de flumine, foedae confectaeque macie: et pascebantur in ipsa amnis ripa in locis virentibus:

devoraveruntque eas, quarum mira species et habitudo corporum erat. Expergefactus Pharao,

rursum dormivit, et vidit alterum somnium: septem spicae pullulabant in culmo uno plenae atque formosae:

aliae quoque totidem spicae tenues, et percussae uredine oriebantur,

devorantes omnium priorum pulchritudinem. Evigilans Pharao post quietem,

et facto mane, pavore perterritus, misit ad omnes conjectores AEgypti, cunctosque sapientes, et accersitis narravit somnium, nec erat qui interpretaretur.

Tunc demum reminiscens pincernarum magister, ait: Confiteor peccatum meum:

10 iratus rex servis suis, me et magistrum pistorum retrudi jussit in carcerem principis militum:

11 ubi una nocte uterque vidimus somnium praesagum futurorum.

12 Erat ibi puer hebraeus, ejusdem ducis militum famulus: cui narrantes somnia,

13 audivimus quidquid postea rei probavit eventus; ego enim redditus sum officio meo, et ille suspensus est in cruce.

14 Protinus ad regis imperium eductum de carcere Joseph totonderunt: ac veste mutata obtulerunt ei.

15 Cui ille ait: Vidi somnia, nec est qui edisserat: quae audivi te sapientissime conjicere.

16 Respondit Joseph: Absque me Deus respondebit prospera Pharaoni.

17 Narravit ergo Pharao quod viderat: Putabam me stare super ripam fluminis,

18 et septem boves de amne conscendere, pulchras nimis, et obesis carnibus: quae in pastu paludis virecta carpebant.

19 Et ecce, has sequebantur aliae septem boves, in tantum deformes et macilentae, ut numquam tales in terra AEgypti viderim:

20 quae, devoratis et consumptis prioribus,

21 nullum saturitatis dedere vestigium: sed simili macie et squalore torpebant. Evigilans, rursus sopore depressus,

22 vidi somnium. Septem spicae pullulabant in culmo uno plenae atque pulcherrimae.

23 Aliae quoque septem tenues et percussae uredine, oriebantur e stipula:

24 quae priorum pulchritudinem devoraverunt. Narravi conjectoribus somnium, et nemo est qui edisserat.

25 Respondit Joseph: Somnium regis unum est: quae facturus est Deus, ostendit Pharaoni.

26 Septem boves pulchrae, et septem spicae plenae, septem ubertatis anni sunt: eamdemque vim somnii comprehendunt.

27 Septem quoque boves tenues atque macilentae, quae ascenderunt post eas, et septem spicae tenues, et vento urente percussae, septem anni venturae sunt famis.

28 Qui hoc ordine complebuntur:

29 ecce septem anni venient fertilitatis magnae in universa terra AEgypti,

30 quos sequentur septem anni alii tantae sterilitatis, ut oblivioni tradatur cuncta retro abundantia: consumptura est enim fames omnem terram,

31 et ubertatis magnitudinem perditura est inopiae magnitudo.

32 Quod autem vidisti secundo ad eamdem rem pertinens somnium: firmitatis indicium est, eo quod fiat sermo Dei, et velocius impleatur.

33 Nunc ergo provideat rex virum sapientem et industrium, et praeficiat eum terrae AEgypti:

34 qui constituat praepositos per cunctas regiones: et quintam partem fructuum per septem annos fertilitatis,

35 qui jam nunc futuri sunt, congreget in horrea: et omne frumentum sub Pharaonis potestate condatur, serveturque in urbibus.

36 Et praeparetur futurae septem annorum fami, quae oppressura est AEgyptum, et non consumetur terra inopia.

37 Placuit Pharaoni consilium et cunctis ministris ejus:

38 locutusque est ad eos: Num invenire poterimus talem virum, qui spiritu Dei plenus sit?

39 Dixit ergo ad Joseph: Quia ostendit tibi Deus omnia quae locutus es, numquid sapientiorem et consimilem tui invenire potero?

40 Tu eris super domum meam, et ad tui oris imperium cunctus populus obediet: uno tantum regni solio te praecedam.

41 Dixitque rursus Pharao ad Joseph: Ecce, constitui te super universam terram AEgypti.

42 Tulitque annulum de manu sua, et dedit eum in manu ejus: vestivitque eum stola byssina, et collo torquem auream circumposuit.

43 Fecitque eum ascendere super currum suum secundum, clamante praecone, ut omnes coram eo genu flecterent, et praepositum esse scirent universae terrae AEgypti.

44 Dixit quoque rex ad Joseph: Ego sum Pharao: absque tuo imperio non movebit quisquam manum aut pedem in omni terra AEgypti.

45 Vertitque nomen ejus, et vocavit eum, lingua aegyptiaca, Salvatorem mundi. Deditque illi uxorem Aseneth filiam Putiphare sacerdotis Heliopoleos. Egressus est itaque Joseph ad terram AEgypti

46 (triginta autem annorum erat quando stetit in conspectu regis Pharaonis), et circuivit omnes regiones AEgypti.

47 Venitque fertilitas septem annorum: et in manipulos redactae segetes congregatae sunt in horrea AEgypti.

48 Omnis etiam frugum abundantia in singulis urbibus condita est.

49 Tantaque fuit abundantia tritici, ut arenae maris coaequaretur, et copia mensuram excederet.

50 Nati sunt autem Joseph filii duo antequam veniret fames: quos peperit ei Aseneth filia Putiphare sacerdotis Heliopoleos.

51 Vocavitque nomen primogeniti Manasses, dicens: Oblivisci me fecit Deus omnium laborum meorum, et domus patris mei.

52 Nomen quoque secundi appellavit Ephraim, dicens: Crescere me fecit Deus in terra paupertatis meae.

53 Igitur transactis septem ubertatis annis, qui fuerant in AEgypto,

54 coeperunt venire septem anni inopiae, quos praedixerat Joseph: et in universo orbe fames praevaluit, in cuncta autem terra AEgypti panis erat.

55 Qua esuriente, clamavit populus ad Pharaonem, alimenta petens. Quibus ille respondit: Ite ad Joseph: et quidquid ipse vobis dixerit, facite.

56 Crescebat autem quotidie fames in omni terra: aperuitque Joseph universa horrea, et vendebat AEgyptiis: nam et illos oppresserat fames.

57 Omnesque provinciae veniebant in AEgyptum, ut emerent escas, et malum inopiae temperarent.

Genesis 41 New International Version (NIV)

Pharaoh’s Dreams

41 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.

He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk. After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted—thin and scorched by the east wind. The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.

In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him.

Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. 10 Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard. 11 Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. 12 Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream. 13 And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was impaled.

14 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.

15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”

16 “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”

17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile, 18 when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds. 19 After them, seven other cows came up—scrawny and very ugly and lean. I had never seen such ugly cows in all the land of Egypt. 20 The lean, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first. 21 But even after they ate them, no one could tell that they had done so; they looked just as ugly as before. Then I woke up.

22 “In my dream I saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk. 23 After them, seven other heads sprouted—withered and thin and scorched by the east wind. 24 The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads. I told this to the magicians, but none of them could explain it to me.

25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream. 27 The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterward are seven years, and so are the seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind: They are seven years of famine.

28 “It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. 29 Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, 30 but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land. 31 The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe. 32 The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.

33 “And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. 35 They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food. 36 This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine.”

37 The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. 38 So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God[a]?”

39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.

Joseph in Charge of Egypt

41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command,[b] and people shouted before him, “Make way[c]!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.

44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.” 45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On,[d] to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.

46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt. 47 During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. 48 Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it. 49 Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.

50 Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. 51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh[e] and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” 52 The second son he named Ephraim[f] and said, “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”

53 The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, 54 and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food. 55 When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.”

56 When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. 57 And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 41:38 Or of the gods
  2. Genesis 41:43 Or in the chariot of his second-in-command; or in his second chariot
  3. Genesis 41:43 Or Bow down
  4. Genesis 41:45 That is, Heliopolis; also in verse 50
  5. Genesis 41:51 Manasseh sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for forget.
  6. Genesis 41:52 Ephraim sounds like the Hebrew for twice fruitful.
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