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Genesis 41 vs. 41-45 with Betty

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Joseph in Charge of Egypt

 41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.

42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;

43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.

45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Pharaoh made the appointment of Joseph as his commissioner and he took steps that I believe were made to assure Joseph of the respect he would require to fulfill the duties of his position.  Pharaoh dressed him in fine linen.  Who would have respected him in the clothing of a prisoner? Pharaoh put a gold chain around Joseph’s neck.  Wouldn’t a person in a position of authority have such a sign of wealth?

Pharaoh also had him ride in his chariot as his second in command.  Being seen in the company of the Pharaoh was surely the thing that fully delivered to Joseph the authority to perform as a commissioner without hassle by the Egyptian people. 

Pharoah also gave Joseph a new Egyptian name and the daughter of a priest of On to be his wife.  With all these trappings, Joseph must have seemed to be a true Egyptian in the minds of others in the country—or at the very least he would have been seen as someone with enough respect for the culture to imitate the ways of Egypt.

Betty Killebrew

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