46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.
47 And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.
48 And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same.
49 And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.
50 And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.
51 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.
52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.
53 And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.
54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
55 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.
56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.
57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Today I bit off a little larger chunk of the story of Joseph because it seemed necessary to keep all the information in Chapter 41 verses 46 through 57 in one unit.
My first thought at Verse 46 was a little surprise. Although I knew Joseph had been sold into slavery as a young boy, I also knew he had been in the service of the Captain of Pharaoh’s God for a while and then in prison for some more time; so I was surprised to learn here that he was only thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh.
Apparently, as Joseph traveled through Egypt during the seven years of plenty, gathering grain in all the cities from the fields thereabouts, he at first sought to keep records of the stores of grain. However, so much grain was put into the storehouses that, like the sand of the sea, the grain could not be measured and record-keeping was ceased.
Meanwhile, Joseph and the wife given him by Pharaoh had had two sons; the first Manasseh and the second Ephraim.
Then the famine began and it was in all the lands not just Egypt. Other lands suffered but in Egypt there was food.
When food was needed by the people of Egypt, Pharaoh sent the people to Joseph and Joseph sold them food. Then because the famine was severe everywhere, people of other nations began to come to Egypt to purchase food.
(It seems to me that at this juncture, the Pharaoh has not only proved the wisdom of having Joseph be in charge over saving the food and dispensing it, he has undoubtedly began to store up great quantities of treasure as the price for the grain Joseph had kept in the storehouses.)
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