1兩年後，法老做了個夢，夢見自己站在尼羅河邊， 2有七頭肥美、健壯的母牛從河裡上來，在蘆葦叢中吃草。 3隨後又有七頭醜陋、瘦弱的母牛從河裡上來，與那七頭母牛一同站在河邊。 4後來，七頭醜陋、瘦弱的母牛吃掉了七頭肥美、健壯的母牛。這時，法老醒了過來。
5之後，他又睡著了，又做了個夢。他夢見一株麥子上長了七個飽滿的穗子。 6後來這株麥子上面又長了七個乾癟的穗子，它們被東風吹乾了。 7七個乾癟的穗子吞食了七個飽滿的穗子。法老醒過來，原來是一場夢。
9後來，侍酒總管對法老說：「我今天才想起我的罪過。 10我從前和膳食總管惹王生氣，被王囚禁在護衛長府內的牢裡。 11一天晚上，我倆都做了夢。 12當時有一個希伯來青年跟我們一起被囚在牢裡，他是護衛長的僕人。我們把夢告訴他，他就分別為我們解夢。 13後來，他為我們解的夢都應驗了，我恢復了原職，膳食總管被掛在木頭上處死了。」
14於是，法老派人去召約瑟，他們急忙釋放約瑟。約瑟剃頭刮臉，更換衣服，去見法老。 15法老對約瑟說：「我做了一個夢，沒有人能為我解夢。我聽說你能解夢。」 16約瑟回答說：「我自己不會解夢，但上帝卻能給王圓滿的解釋。」
17法老對約瑟說：「我夢見自己站在尼羅河邊， 18有七頭肥美、健壯的母牛從河裡上來，在蘆葦叢中吃草。 19隨後又有七頭醜陋、瘦弱的母牛從河裡上來，我在埃及從來沒有見過有這麼醜陋的牛。 20這些醜陋、瘦弱的母牛吃掉先前的七頭肥母牛。 21可是，牠們吃了以後卻仍然像以前那麼醜陋。這時，我就醒了。 22後來我又夢見一株麥子，上面長了七個飽滿的穗子， 23接著又長出七個乾癟的穗子， 24這些乾癟的穗子吞了那七個飽滿的穗子。我把夢告訴了術士，卻沒有人能為我解夢。」
25約瑟對法老說：「王的夢都是同一個意思，上帝已經藉著夢把祂將要做的事指示王了。 26七頭肥美的母牛和七個飽滿的穗子都代表七年，是同樣的意思。 27七頭瘦弱、醜陋的母牛和七個乾癟、被東風吹乾的穗子也代表七年，是七年饑荒。 28正如我剛才說的，上帝已經把祂將要做的事向王顯明了。 29埃及全境很快會有七年大豐收， 30隨後是七年饑荒肆虐全國，之前的豐收將被忘記。 31饑荒將非常嚴重，之前的豐收將蕩然無存。 32王的夢出現了兩次，表示上帝的心意已定，上帝必很快成就這事。 33王應該選一個精明的人，派他治理埃及。 34王也應該在各地委派官員，在七年豐收期內徵收全國出產的五分之一， 35把在豐年收集的糧食儲存在各城，歸王管理。 36這些糧食要留到七年饑荒時用，免得這片土地被饑荒毀滅。」
37法老和他所有的臣僕都贊同約瑟的建議。 38法老對臣僕說：「我們哪裡找像這樣有上帝的靈同在的人呢？」 39法老對約瑟說：「上帝既然把夢的意思指示給你，可見沒人有你這樣的見識和智慧。 40我要派你管理我家，我的人民都要遵從你的命令，只有我權力比你大。」 41法老又說：「我現在派你治理埃及全國。」 42於是，法老摘下手上用來蓋印的戒指，戴在約瑟的手上，給他穿上細麻袍，把金鏈戴在他頸上， 43讓他坐在自己的第二輛御車上，並有人在御車前高呼：「跪下！」這樣，法老派約瑟治理整個埃及。 44法老對約瑟說：「我是法老，但沒有你的命令，埃及的任何人都不得擅自行事。」 45法老賜給約瑟一個名字叫撒發那忒·巴內亞，又把安城祭司波提非拉的女兒亞西納賜給他為妻。約瑟巡視了整個埃及。
46約瑟三十歲開始為法老效勞，他離開法老去巡視埃及各地。 47七個豐年之內，埃及糧食大豐收， 48約瑟收集七個豐年出產的所有糧食，儲藏進各城，每一座城附近出產的糧食都存放在本城。 49約瑟積存了大量五穀，多如海沙，不可勝數。
50荒年到來前，安城祭司波提非拉的女兒亞西納給約瑟生了兩個兒子。 51約瑟給長子取名叫瑪拿西，因為他說：「上帝使我忘記一切的困苦和我父親家。」 52約瑟給次子取名叫以法蓮，因為他說：「上帝使我在受苦之地昌盛。」
53七個豐年結束後， 54七個荒年接踵而至，正如約瑟所言。各地都有饑荒，只有埃及全國有糧食。 55後來，埃及全國也鬧饑荒，百姓就向法老求糧，法老對他們說：「你們去找約瑟吧，要照他的吩咐做。」
Pharaoh Has Two Dreams
1When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream. In his dream, he was standing by the Nile River. 2Seven cows came up out of the river. They looked healthy and fat. They were eating some of the tall grass growing along the river. 3After them, seven other cows came up out of the Nile. They looked ugly and skinny. They were standing beside the other cows on the riverbank. 4The ugly, skinny cows ate up the seven cows that looked healthy and fat. Then Pharaoh woke up.
5He fell asleep again and had a second dream. In that dream, seven heads of grain were growing on one stem. They were healthy and good. 6After them, seven other heads of grain came up. They were thin and dried up by the east wind. 7The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up. It had been a dream.
8In the morning he was worried. So he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams. But no one could tell him what they meant.
9Then the chief wine taster spoke up. He said to Pharaoh, “Now I remember that I’ve done something wrong. 10Pharaoh was once angry with his servants. He put me and the chief baker in prison. We were in the house of the captain of the palace guard. 11Each of us had a dream the same night. Each dream had its own meaning. 12A young Hebrew servant was there with us. He was a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams. And he explained them to us. He told each of us the meaning of our dreams. 13Things turned out exactly as he said they would. I was given back my job. The other man had a pole stuck through his body.”
14So Pharaoh sent for Joseph. He was quickly brought out of the prison. Joseph shaved and changed his clothes. Then he came to Pharaoh.
15Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream. No one can tell me what it means. But I’ve heard that when you hear a dream you can explain it.”
16“I can’t do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh. “But God will give Pharaoh the answer he wants.”
17Then Pharaoh told Joseph what he had dreamed. He said, “I was standing on the bank of the Nile River. 18Seven cows came up out of the river. They were fat and looked healthy. They were eating the tall grass growing along the river. 19After them, seven other cows came up. They were bony and very ugly and thin. I had never seen such ugly cows in the whole land of Egypt. 20The thin, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first. 21But no one could tell that the thin cows had eaten the fat cows. That’s because the thin cows looked just as ugly as they had before. Then I woke up.
22“In my dream I also saw seven heads of grain. They were full and good. They were all growing on one stem. 23After them, seven other heads of grain came up. They were weak and thin and dried up by the east wind. 24The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads. I told my dream to the magicians. But none of them could explain it to me.”
25Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Both of Pharaoh’s dreams have the same meaning. God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. 26The seven good cows are seven years. And the seven good heads of grain are seven years. Both dreams mean the same thing. 27The seven thin, ugly cows that came up later are seven years. So are the seven worthless heads of grain dried up by the east wind. They are seven years when there won’t be enough food.
28“It’s just as I said to Pharaoh. God has shown Pharaoh what he’s about to do. 29Seven years with plenty of food are coming to the whole land of Egypt. 30But seven years when there won’t be enough food will follow them. Then everyone will forget about all the food Egypt had. Terrible hunger will destroy the land. 31There won’t be anything left to remind people of the years when there was plenty of food in the land. That’s how bad the hunger that follows will be. 32God gave the dream to Pharaoh in two forms. That’s because the matter has been firmly decided by God. And it’s because God will do it soon.
33“So Pharaoh should look for a wise and understanding man. He should put him in charge of the land of Egypt. 34Pharaoh should appoint officials to be in charge of the land. They should take a fifth of the harvest in Egypt during the seven years when there’s plenty of food. 35They should collect all the extra food of the good years that are coming. Pharaoh should give them authority to store up the grain. They should keep it in the cities for food. 36The grain should be stored up for the country to use later. It will be needed during the seven years when there isn’t enough food in Egypt. Then the country won’t be destroyed just because it doesn’t have enough food.”
37The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and all his officials. 38So Pharaoh said to them, “The spirit of God is in this man. We can’t find anyone else like him, can we?”
39Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “God has made all this known to you. No one is as wise and understanding as you are. 40You will be in charge of my palace. All my people must obey your orders. I will be greater than you only because I’m the one who sits on the throne.”
Joseph Is Put in Charge of Egypt
41So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I’m putting you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42Then Pharaoh took from his finger the ring he used to give his official stamp. He put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes made out of fine linen. He put a gold chain around Joseph’s neck. 43He also had him ride in a chariot. Joseph was now next in command after Pharaoh. People went in front of Joseph and shouted, “Get down on your knees!” By doing all these things, Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
44Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh. But unless you give an order, no one will do anything in the whole land of Egypt.” 45Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah. He gave Joseph a wife. She was Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera. Potiphera was the priest of On. Joseph traveled all over the land of Egypt.
46Joseph was 30 years old when he began serving Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. He left Pharaoh’s palace and traveled all over Egypt. 47During the seven years there was plenty of food. The land produced more than the people needed. 48Joseph collected all the extra food produced in those seven years in Egypt. He stored it in the cities. In each city he stored up the food grown in the fields around it. 49Joseph stored up huge amounts of grain. There was as much of it as sand by the sea. There was so much grain it couldn’t be measured. So Joseph stopped keeping records of it.
50Before the years when there wasn’t enough food, two sons were born to Joseph. He had them by Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera. Potiphera was the priest of On. 51Joseph named his first son Manasseh. That’s because he said, “God has made me forget all my trouble and my father’s whole family.” 52He named the second son Ephraim. That’s because he said, “God has given me children in the land where I’ve suffered so much.”
53The seven years when there was plenty of food in Egypt came to an end. 54Then the seven years when there wasn’t enough food began. It happened just as Joseph had said it would. There wasn’t enough food in any of the other lands. But in the whole land of Egypt there was food. 55When all the people of Egypt began to get hungry, they cried out to Pharaoh for food. He told all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. Do what he tells you.”
56There wasn’t enough food anywhere in the country. So Joseph opened the storerooms. He sold grain to the Egyptians because people were very hungry all over Egypt. 57People from all over the world came to Egypt. They came to buy grain from Joseph. That’s because people were very hungry everywhere.