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.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Chapter 41 is about dreams that Pharaoh had. He dreamed of seven cows, fat and healthy that grazed along the Nile, followed by seven other cows gaunt and ugly that came up on the riverbank and eight up the seven fat cows. The dream woke him up, but he went back to sleep.
Pharaoh then had a second dream about seven heads of healthy grain on a single stalk that were then swallowed by seven other heads that were thin and scorched.
These dreams troubled Pharaoh and he sought interpretation but his magicians and wise men could not tell him what the dreams meant.
Now the chief cupbearer at last remembered Joseph and told him of meeting Joseph in prison and how the Hebrew correctly interpreted dreams.
Pharaoh then sent for Joseph.
It must have seemed a long wait for Joseph during the time the cupbearer forgot about him after being restored to his own position. Surely it was God’s doing that the Pharaoh had this dream in order for the cupbearer to remember Joseph so that he might be let out of prison to interpret the dream.
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