33 Now let Pharaoh look for a man (A)discerning and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh take action to appoint overseers [a]in charge of the land, and let him exact a fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance. 35 Then let them (B)gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and store up the grain for food in the cities under Pharaoh’s authority, and let them guard it. 36 Let the food become as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which will occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land will not perish during the famine.”

37 Now the [b]proposal seemed good [c]to Pharaoh and [d]to all his servants.

Joseph Is Made a Ruler of Egypt

38 Then Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, (C)in whom is a divine spirit?” 39 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so (D)discerning and wise as you are. 40 (E)You shall be over my house, and according to your [e]command all my people shall [f]do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you.” 41 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you (F)over all the land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh (G)took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and (H)put the gold necklace around his neck. 43 He had him ride in [g]his second chariot; and they proclaimed before him, “[h]Bow the knee!” And he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44 Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Though I am Pharaoh, yet (I)without [i]your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” 45 Then Pharaoh named Joseph [j]Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of [k](J)On, as his wife. And Joseph went forth over the land of Egypt.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 41:34 Lit over
  2. Genesis 41:37 Lit word
  3. Genesis 41:37 Lit in the sight of
  4. Genesis 41:37 Lit in the sight of
  5. Genesis 41:40 Lit mouth
  6. Genesis 41:40 Lit kiss
  7. Genesis 41:43 Lit the second...which was his
  8. Genesis 41:43 Heb Abreck: Attention or Make way
  9. Genesis 41:44 Lit you no one
  10. Genesis 41:45 Probably Egyptian for “God speaks; he lives”
  11. Genesis 41:45 Or Heliopolis

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