46 Now Joseph was (A)thirty years old when he [a]stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt. 47 During the seven years of plenty the land brought forth [b]abundantly. 48 So he gathered all the food of these seven years which occurred in the land of Egypt and placed the food in the cities; he placed in every city the food from its own surrounding fields. 49 Thus Joseph stored up grain [c]in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped [d]measuring it, for it was [e]beyond measure.

The Sons of Joseph

50 Now before the year of famine came, (B)two sons were born to Joseph, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of [f]On, bore to him. 51 Joseph named the firstborn [g]Manasseh, “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” 52 He named the second [h]Ephraim, “For,” he said, “(C)God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

53 When the seven years of plenty which had been in the land of Egypt came to an end, 54 and (D)the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said, then there was famine in all the lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55 So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; (E)whatever he says to you, you shall do.” 56 When the famine was spread over all the face of the earth, then Joseph opened all [i]the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians; and the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. 57 The people of all the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because (F)the famine was severe in all the earth.

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  1. Genesis 41:46 Or entered the service of
  2. Genesis 41:47 Lit by handfuls
  3. Genesis 41:49 Lit very much
  4. Genesis 41:49 Lit numbering
  5. Genesis 41:49 Or without number
  6. Genesis 41:50 Or Heliopolis
  7. Genesis 41:51 I.e. making to forget
  8. Genesis 41:52 I.e. fruitfulness
  9. Genesis 41:56 Lit that which was in them

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