1When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, 2when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. 3After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. 4And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.
5He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk. 6After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted—thin and scorched 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 his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him.
9Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. 10Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard. 11Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. 12Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream. 13And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was impaled.”
14So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.
15Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”
16“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”
17Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile, 18when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds. 19After them, seven other cows came up—scrawny and very ugly and lean. I had never seen such ugly cows in all the land of Egypt. 20The lean, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first. 21But even after they ate them, no one could tell that they had done so; they looked just as ugly as before. Then I woke up.
22“In my dream I saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk. 23After them, seven other heads sprouted—withered and thin and scorched by the east wind. 24The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads. I told this to the magicians, but none of them could explain it to me.”
25Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 26The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream. 27The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterward are seven years, and so are the seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind: They are seven years of famine.
28“It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. 29Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, 30but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land. 31The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe. 32The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.
33“And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. 34Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. 35They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food. 36This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine.”
37The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. 38So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God41:38 Or of the gods?”
39Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”
Joseph in Charge of Egypt
41So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command,41:43 Or in the chariot of his second-in-command; or in his second chariot and people shouted before him, “Make way41:43 Or Bow down!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
44Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.” 45Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On,41:45 That is, Heliopolis; also in verse 50 to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.
46Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt. 47During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. 48Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it. 49Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.
50Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. 51Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh41:51 Manasseh sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for forget. and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” 52The second son he named Ephraim41:52 Ephraim sounds like the Hebrew for twice fruitful. and said, “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”
53The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, 54and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food. 55When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.”
56When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. 57And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.
Yosef Kyerɛ Farao Daeɛ Ase
1Mfeɛ mmienu akyiri no, Farao soo daeɛ bi. Na ɔgyina Asubɔnten Nil ho. 2Ɔhunuu wɔ daeɛ no mu sɛ, anantwie nson a wɔadodɔre sradeɛ, na wɔn ho tua wɔn firii asubɔnten no mu baeɛ bɛwee ɛserɛ a na ɛwɔ hɔ. 3Anantwie akɛseɛ nson no akyiri no, anantwie nson foforɔ a wɔafonfɔn ayeyɛ kanyakanya firii Asubɔnten Nil mu ba bɛgyinaa anantwie a wɔadodɔ sradeɛ no ho wɔ asuo no konkɔn so. 4Anantwie nson a wɔafonfɔn ayeyɛ kanyakanya no memenee anantwie nson a wɔadodɔre sradeɛ no! Saa ɛberɛ no ara mu na Farao bɔɔ pitiri nyaneeɛ!
5Yei akyiri, nna faa Farao bio ma ɔsane soo daeɛ foforɔ. Ɔhunuu wɔ daeɛ no mu sɛ, ɛmo asiaka nson a ɛwɔ ahoɔden na ɛyɛ fɛ aso wɔ ɛmo nan baako so. 6Akyiri no prɛko pɛ, siaka nson bi soo wɔ nan no ho. Apueeɛ mframa bɔɔ no ma ɛtwintwamee. 7Ɛmo ntweantweaa no memenee ɛmo a ɛwɔ ahoɔden na ɛyɛ fɛ no. Farao sane nyanee bio, hunuu sɛ, sɛɛ na nneɛma a ɔhunuiɛ no nyinaa yɛ daeɛ.
8Adeɛ kyeeɛ no, nʼadwenem yɛɛ no basaa. Enti, Farao soma ma wɔkɔfrɛɛ nkonyaayifoɔ ne anyansafoɔ a wɔwɔ Misraim asase so nyinaa baa ne fie. Farao kaa daeɛ a ɔsoeɛ no nyinaa kyerɛɛ wɔn, nanso wɔn mu biara antumi ankyerɛ aseɛ.
9Ɛhɔ na Farao nsãhyɛfoɔ panin no ka kyerɛɛ Farao sɛ, “Ɛnnɛ na saa asɛm yi ama makae me mfomsoɔ bi a mayɛ. 10Mmerɛ bi a atwam no, wo Farao bo fuu wʼasomfoɔ yie. Ɛnam so maa wode me ne wo burodotofoɔ panin kɔtoo afiase wɔ dabehene fie. 11Yɛn baanu nyinaa soo daeɛ anadwo korɔ no ara a na ɛsono sɛdeɛ yɛn mu biara daeɛ no si teɛ. 12Saa ɛberɛ no, na Hebrini aberantewaa bi a na ɔyɛ dabehene Potifar ɔsomfoɔ ka yɛn ho wɔ afiase hɔ. Yɛkaa yɛn daeɛ a yɛsosoeɛ no kyerɛɛ no no, ɔkyerɛɛ yɛn mu biara daeɛ ase, kyerɛɛ no pɛpɛɛpɛ. 13Na sɛdeɛ ɔsi fa kyerɛɛ yɛn daeɛ no ase no baa mu saa pɛpɛɛpɛ. Mesane kɔdii me dibea, ɛnna burodotofoɔ panin no, wɔsɛn no.”
14Amonom hɔ ara, Farao soma ma wɔkɔyii Yosef firii afiase hɔ baeɛ. Ɔfiri afiase hɔ baeɛ no, ɔyii nʼabɔgyesɛ, sesaa nʼatadeɛ, baa Farao anim.
15Farao ka kyerɛɛ Yosef sɛ, “Maso daeɛ bi a obiara ntumi nkyerɛ aseɛ. Nanso, mate sɛ wo deɛ, sɛ obi ka ne daeɛ kyerɛ wo a, wotumi kyerɛ aseɛ. Ɛno enti na masoma abɛfrɛ wo yi.”
16Yosef buaa Farao sɛ, “Me ara merentumi mfiri me tumi mu nkyerɛ daeɛ no ase. Onyankopɔn na ɔbɛkyerɛ wo daeɛ no ase.”
17Afei, Farao ka kyerɛɛ Yosef sɛ, “Me daeɛ no mu, na megyina Asubɔnten Nil konkɔn so. 18Mehunuu wɔ daeɛ no mu sɛ, anantwie nson a wɔadodɔre sradeɛ, na wɔn ho tua wɔn firii asubɔnten no mu baeɛ bɛnantee wira no mu, hyɛɛ aseɛ wee serɛ. 19Anantwie akɛseɛ nson no akyiri no, anantwie nson foforɔ a wɔafonfɔn ayeyɛ kanyakanya firii Asubɔnten Nil mu ba bɛgyinaa anantwie a wɔadodɔ sradeɛ no ho wɔ asuo no konkɔn so. Ɛfiri sɛ wɔwoo me, menhunuu anantwie a wɔn ho yɛ tan saa da wɔ Misraim asase yi so. 20Anantwie nson a wɔafonfɔn ayeyɛ kanyakanya no memenee anantwie nson a wɔadodɔre sradeɛ na wɔn ho tua wɔn a wɔdii ɛkan baeɛ no! 21Nanso wɔmemenee wɔn nyinaa akyiri no, na sɛdeɛ wɔte ara na wɔte, ɛfiri sɛ, na wɔn ho da so yɛ tan kanyakanya no ara. Saa ɛberɛ no ara mu na mebɔɔ pitiri nyaneeɛ.
22“Mesane soo daeɛ bio hunuu sɛ, ɛmo siaka nson a ɛyɛ fɛ na ɛwɔ ahoɔden sɛ aso wɔ ɛmo nan baako so. 23Yeinom akyiri no, ɛmo asiaka nson bi a apueeɛ mframa abɔ no, ama akusa, ayeyɛ ntweantweaa soo wɔ ɛmo nan no so. 24Ɛmo ntweantweaa no memenee ɛmo nson a ɛyɛ fɛ na ɛwɔ ahoɔden no. Mekaa me daeɛ no nyinaa kyerɛɛ nkonyaayifoɔ no, wɔn mu biara antumi ankyerɛ me aseɛ.”
25Ɛnna Yosef ka kyerɛɛ Farao sɛ, “Wo daeɛ mmienu a wososoeɛ no nyinaa nkyerɛaseɛ yɛ pɛ. Onyankopɔn nam wo daeɛ no so, reda biribi a ɔrebɛma asi wɔ Misraim asase so no adi akyerɛ wo. 26Anantwie nson a wɔadodɔre sradeɛ no ne ɛmo siaka nson a ɛyɛ fɛ, na ɛwɔ ahoɔden no nso, ase kyerɛ sɛ, mfeɛ nson a ɛdi anim a ɛreba no bɛyɛ mfeɛ pa ama ɔman no. 27Anantwie nson a wɔafonfɔn, na wɔayeyɛ kanyakanya no ne ɛmo siaka nson a akusa ayeyɛ ntweantweaa no nso kyerɛ sɛ, mfeɛ pa nson no akyiri no, ɛkɔm bɛba mfeɛ nson.
28“Enti, Onyankopɔn akyerɛ wo deɛ ɔrebɛyɛ. 29Mfeɛ nson a ɛdi ɛkan no, aduane bɛbu wɔ Misraim asase so nyinaa. 30Nanso, akyire no, ɛkɔm kɛseɛ bi bɛba mfeɛ nson, ama nnipa werɛ afiri asetena pa a wɔnyaa no mfeɛ nson a ɛdi ɛkan no mu no. Ɛkɔm bɛmene asase no. 31Esiane ɛkɔm a ɛbɛdi mmerɛ pa a atwam no akyiri no ano den a ɛbɛyɛ no enti, saa ɛberɛ no, wɔrenkae mmerɛ pa no bio wɔ asase no so. 32Saa daeɛ mmienu a wosoeɛ no kyerɛ sɛdeɛ ɛkɔm no ano bɛyɛ den afa. Ɛkyerɛ sɛ, deɛ ɛbɛyɛ biara, asɛm a maka akyerɛ wo no bɛba mu saa pɛpɛɛpɛ. Ɛfiri sɛ, Onyankopɔn na wasi gyinaeɛ pi saa. Na ɛrenkyɛre koraa, ɛbɛba mu saa.
33“Enti, mʼafotuo ne sɛ, hwehwɛ onyansafoɔ kɛseɛ a ɔwɔ nhunumu wɔ Misraim asase yi so, na fa ɔman yi mu kuadwuma ho asɛm nyinaa hyɛ ne nsa. 34Ma ɔhene Farao nyiyi nnipa, ntuatua amansini ahodoɔ enum no ano. Na saa nnipa a wɔde wɔn bɛtuatua amansini no ano no nyiyi nnɔbaeɛ a ɛbɛba mmerɛ pa mfeɛ nson no mu no nkyɛmu enum mu baako, mfa nsie. 35Ɛsɛ sɛ saa nnipa a wɔtuatua amansini no ano no boaboa nnuane a wɔbɛgyegye mmerɛ pa mfeɛ nson a nnuane bɛbu no, de gu asan so wɔ ɔhene Farao edin mu. Wɔmfa saa nnuane no nhyehyɛ asan so wɔ nkuro akɛseɛ mu. 36Nnuane yi na mfeɛ nson a ɛkɔm bɛba Misraim asase so no, ɔmanfoɔ no bɛdi. Saa nnuane yi na wɔde bɛsie ama ɔman no. Sɛ anyɛ saa a, akyinnyeɛ biara nni ho sɛ, ɛkɔm bɛbɔ ɔman no.”
Farao Pagya Yosef
37Farao ne ne mpanimfoɔ no gyee asɛm a Yosef ka kyerɛɛ wɔn no nyinaa too mu. 38Ɛberɛ a wɔredwennwene onipa ko a ɛsɛ sɛ wɔde saa adwuma kɛseɛ yi hyɛ ne nsa no ho no, Farao bisaa sɛ, “Hwan koraa na ɔbɛtumi ayɛ adwuma kɛseɛ a ɛte sɛɛ yi asene Yosef? Ɛfiri sɛ, ɔyɛ onipa bi a, akwan nyinaa mu, ɛda adi pefee sɛ, Onyankopɔn honhom ahyɛ no ma.”
39Afei, Farao danee nʼani ka kyerɛɛ Yosef sɛ, “Onyankopɔn ayi saa daeɛ yi ne nʼasekyerɛ akyerɛ wo yi, hwan bio na ɔyɛ onyansafoɔ a ɔwɔ nhunumu sene wo wɔ Misraim ɔman yi mu! 40Ɛnnɛ, mede saa adwuma kɛseɛ yi nyinaa hyɛ wo nsa. Asɛm biara a wobɛka afa saa adwuma yi ho no, obiara nni ho asɛm ka wɔ Misraim nyinaa. Mʼahennwa a me Farao, mete so no nko ara na ɛma meyɛ kɛse sene wo.”
41Enti, Farao ka kyerɛɛ Yosef sɛ, “Ɛfiri ɛnnɛ de rekorɔ, mede Misraim asase nyinaa ahyɛ wo nsa.” 42Afei, Farao worɔɔ ne nsɔano kawa de hyɛɛ Yosef nsa. Ɔde serekye batakari papa bi hyɛɛ Yosef, de sika ntweaban yan no. 43Ɔmaa Yosef teaseɛnam tenaa mu sɛ nʼabadiakyire. Baabiara a Yosef bɛkɔ no, na nnipa di nʼanim teateaam sɛ, “monkoto no!” Saa ɛkwan yi so na ɔhene Farao fa de Misraim asase nyinaa hyɛɛ Yosef nsa.
44Afei, Farao ka kyerɛɛ Yosef sɛ, “Mene Farao Misraimhene deɛ, nanso obiara ntumi mfiri wʼakyi nyɛ biribiara wɔ Misraiman yi mu baabiara, gye sɛ woama ho kwan ansa.” 45Farao maa Yosef ahene din sɛ Safnat-Panea. Farao maa Yosef ɔbaa nso wareeɛ. Na ababaawa no din de Asnat a ɔyɛ ɔbosom On kɔmfoɔ Potifera babaa. Ɛnam yei so maa Yosef nyaa tumi maa ne din hyetaa Misraim asase so nyinaa.
46Ɛberɛ a Yosef kɔɔ ɔhene Farao adwa ase no, na wadi mfirinhyia aduasa. Farao maa Yosef ɛkwan ma ɔbɔɔ aporɔ faa Misraim asase so nyinaa. 47Mfeɛ nson a ɛdi ɛkan no mu no, aduane buu so wɔ Misraim asase so yie. 48Saa mfeɛ nson no mu no, Yosef boaboaa nnuane a ɛbuu so wɔ Misraiman mu no ano kɔkoraa no wɔ nkuropɔn a ɛwowɔ Misraim no mu. Aduane biara a wɔnya firii kuro biara mu no bi no, wɔde sie wɔ hɔ. 49Mfeɛ nson akyiri no, na Yosef akora nnuane wɔ nnuanekorabea hɔ, ama abu so ara kɔsii sɛ, afei na obiara mmu ho nkonta bio.
50Ansa na ɛkɔm kɛseɛ no rebɛba no, na Yosef yere Asnat, a ɔyɛ ɔbosom On kɔmfoɔ Potifera babaa no, awo mmammarima baanu. 51Yosef too nʼabakan no edin Manase, a asekyerɛ ne Onyankopɔn ama me werɛ afiri mʼamanehunu ne mʼagya fie nyinaa. 52Yosef babarima a ɔtɔ so mmienu no nso, wɔtoo no edin Efraim, a asekyerɛ ne Onyankopɔn ama mʼase afɛe wɔ asase a mebaa so sɛ akoa no so.
53Afei, mfeɛ nson a aduane buu so wɔ Misraim asase so no twaam. 54Sɛdeɛ Yosef hyɛɛ nkɔm no, ɛkɔm a ɛbɛba mfeɛ nson a ɛdi so no hyɛɛ aseɛ. Ɛkɔm kɛseɛ sii nsase a na atwa Misraim ho ahyia no nyinaa so, nanso Misraim asase ankasa so deɛ, na aduane abu so. 55Ɛberɛ a ɛkɔm no sii dendeenden wɔ Misraim asase so no, ɔmanfoɔ no su frɛɛ Farao. Farao ka kyerɛɛ Misraimfoɔ nyinaa sɛ, “Monkɔ Yosef nkyɛn, na biribiara a ɔbɛka akyerɛ mo sɛ monyɛ no, monyɛ.”
56Ɛberɛ a ɛkɔm kɛseɛ no trɛtrɛɛ ɔman no nyinaa mu no, Yosef buebuee ne nnuane korabea no nyinaa ano, tɔnee aburoo maa Misraimfoɔ no, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɛkɔm no ano yɛ den yie ma wɔn. 57Enti, na aman a atwa Misraim ho ahyia no nyinaa kɔtɔ aduane wɔ Yosef nkyɛn wɔ Misraim, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɛkɔm a aba no ano yɛ den yie.