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dream, and behold, I had three white baskets on my head. And in the uppermost there was all manner of baked-meats for Pharaoh ; and the birds did eat them, out of the basket upon my
head. And Joseph answered and said, this is the interpretation thereof: the three baskets are three days. Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.
And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birth day, that he made a great feast unto all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his
And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand. And 'he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgot him.
And it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed; and behold, he stood by the river. And behold, there came up out of the river, seven-well-favoured kine, and fat-fleshed ; and they fed in a meadow. And behold seven other kinc, came up after thém, out of the river, ill. favoured, and tean-fleshed; and stood by the other kiné, upon the brink of the river. And the illfavoured and lean-fleshed kine did eat up the seven well-favoured and fatskine. So Pharaoh awoke.
Andebelept, cand dreamed the second time: and behele seven dazs, of corn came up, upon one stalk, rank and goods, And behold seven thin ears, and : blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them.
And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears.
And Pharaoh awoke, and behold it was a dream. 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 dreams; but there was none who could interpret them unto him.
Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day. Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard's house; hoth me and the chief baker. And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed, each man, accord. ing to the interpretation of his dream. 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, did he interpret. And it came to pass as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged. And 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. And he said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is no one that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee that thou can'st understand a dream, to interpret it.
And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, it is not in me; God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, in my dream, be. hold, I stood upon the bank of the river. And behold there came out of the river seven kine, fat.
fleshed, and well-favoured ; and they fed in a meedow. And, behold, 'seven other kine came up after them; poor, and very ill-favoured, and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egype for badness. And the lean and ill-favoured kine did eat up the firft seven fat kine. And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; for they were still ill-favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke.
And I saw in my dreæin, and behold, seven ears 'came up on one stalk, full and good. And behold, 'seven 'ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the feast wind, sprung up after them. And the thin *ears devoured tlie seven good eats. And I told this 'unto the magicians.: but there was none that *could declare it unto me.
And Joseph 'said 'unitó Pharaoh, the dream of Pharaoh is one'; God háth shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven gdod kine are seven years : and the seven good ears are seven years : the dream is orie. And the seven thin and ill-fa. voured kine, that came up after them, are seven years; and the seven 'empty ears, blasted with cast 'wind, shall be seven years of famine. This is the 'thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh : what God is about 'to do, he 'sheweth unto Pharaoh. Behold, there will come seven years of great plenty, 'throughout all the land of Egypt. And 'there shall arise after them, seven years of famine ; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land. And the plenty shall’not be known in tlie lint, by
Teason of the famine following: for it shall be very grievous. And, for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, who will shortly bring it to pass. Now, therefore, let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise ; and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt, in the seven plenteous years. ; And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. And that food shall be for store to the land, against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine. And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
And Pharaoh said unto his servants, can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the spirit of God is?
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise, as thou art : thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled : only on the throne will I be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, see, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And he 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 : and he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, bow the knce :
and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt. 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.
And Pharaoh called Joseph's name, Zéphnath. padnenh : and he gave him to wife, Asénath, the daughter of Poti.pherah, priest of On: and Joseph. went out over all 'tlie land of Egypt.' And he wa's thirty years old, when he istood before Pharaoh, 'king of Egypt: and he went 'out, from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.
And, in the seven plenteous years, the earth Brought 'forth by handsful. And he gathered up all the fold of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid it up in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same. And he gathered corn, as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numa bering : for it was 'without number:
And unto Joseph were born two sons, before the years of famine caine: which Asenath, the daughter of: Poti-pherah, bare unto him. “ And he called the name of the first-born, Manasseh : for God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil,
, and all my father's house. And the name of the second called he Ephrain: for God hath caused me to be fruitful in thie land of my affliction.
And the seven years of plenteousness, that were' in the land of Egypt, were ended. And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in