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.
Ekirooto kya Falaawo
141:1 Lub 20:3Oluvannyuma lw’emyaka ebiri emirambirira, Falaawo n’aloota ng’ayimiridde ku mugga Kiyira; 241:2 a nny 26 b Is 19:6laba mu mugga ne muvaamu ente ennungi ensava musanvu, ne ziriira mu bisaalu. 3Era laba ente endala embi enkovvu musanvu nazo ne ziva mu mugga, ne ziyimirira wamu na ziri ku lubalama lw’omugga. 4Ente enkovvu, embi ne zirya ente ennungi ensava. Awo Falaawo n’azuukuka. 5Ate n’addamu okwebaka n’aloota ekirooto ekirala, laba ebirimba eby’emmere ey’empeke musanvu ebigimu nga biri ku kiti kimu. 6Era laba oluvannyuma ebirimba ebirala musanvu nga bikaze olw’empewo ez’ebbugumu ez’ebuvanjuba nabyo ne biddirira. 7Awo ebirimba biri ebikaze ne bimira ebirimba biri omusanvu ebigimu ebirungi. Falaawo n’azuukuka, laba nga kibadde kirooto.
841:8 a Dan 2:1, 3; 4:5, 19 b Kuv 7:11, 22; Dan 1:20; 2:2, 27; 4:7Awo ku makya Falaawo ne yeeraliikirira; n’atumya ne baleeta abalogo bonna ab’e Misiri, n’abagezigezi baamu bonna; Falaawo n’abategeeza ekirooto kye, kyokka ne watabaawo n’omu eyasobola okukivvuunulira Falaawo.
9Awo omusenero wa Falaawo n’agamba Falaawo nti, “Ntegedde nasobya nnyo. 1041:10 a Lub 40:2 b Lub 39:20Falaawo bwe yasunguwalira abaddu be, nze n’omukulu w’abafumbi n’atuteeka mu kkomera, 1141:11 Lub 40:5ekiro kimu omukulu wa bafumbi nange twaloota ebirooto, nga buli kimu kirina amakulu ga njawulo ku kinnaakyo. 1241:12 Lub 40:12Mu ffe mwalimu omuvubuka Omwebbulaniya nga muddu wa mukulu w’abambowa; bwe twamutegeeza nannyonnyola buli omu ekirooto kye nga bwe kyali. 1341:13 Lub 40:22Nga bwe yatunnyonnyola era bwe kityo bwe kyali; nze nazzibwa ku mulimu gwange, ye omufumbiro, n’awanikibwa ku muti.”
Falaawo ategeeza Yusufu ekirooto kye
1441:14 Zab 105:20; Dan 2:25Awo Falaawo n’atumya baleete Yusufu, ne bamuleeta mangu okumuggya mu kkomera. Bwe yamala okumwebwa omutwe41:14 okumwebwa omutwe Abamisiri baamwanga ebirevu n’enviiri, ekintu Abaebbulaniya kye bataakolanga. n’okukyusa engoye ze, n’ajja mu maaso ga Falaawo. 1541:15 Dan 5:16Falaawo n’agamba Yusufu nti, “Naloose ekirooto, naye tewali n’omu ayinza kukivvuunula.” 1641:16 Lub 40:8; Dan 2:30; Bik 3:12; 2Ko 3:5Yusufu n’addamu Falaawo nti, “Si nze nzija okukikola, wabula Katonda y’anaabuulira Falaawo amakulu gaakyo.”
17Awo Falaawo n’agamba Yusufu nti, “Laba, bwe nabadde nga nneebase ne ndoota nga nnyimiridde ku lubalama lw’omugga Kiyira; 18ente ennungi ensava musanvu ne ziva mu mugga ne ziriira mu bisaalu; 19ate ente endala ennafu embi ennyo enkovvu ze sirabangako mu nsi y’e Misiri nazo ne zijja. 20Awo ente embi enkovvu ne zirya ente ziri omusanvu ensava ezaasoose, 21naye bwe zamaze okuzirya nga toyinza na kutegeera nti ziziridde, kubanga nga nkovvu nga bwe zaabadde olubereberye. Awo ne ndyoka nzuukuka.
22“Ate era mu kirooto kyange nalabye ebirimba ebigimu ebirungi musanvu nga biri ku kiti kimu, 23n’ebirimba ebirala musanvu ebikaze olw’empewo ez’ebbugumu ez’ebuvanjuba, nabyo ne bivaayo. 2441:24 nny 8Ebirimba ebikaze ne bimira biri ebigimu. Ebyo nabitegeezezza abagezigezi ne wabulawo n’omu abivvuunula.”
2541:25 Dan 2:45Awo Yusufu n’agamba Falaawo nti, “Ekirooto kya Falaawo kiri kimu: Katonda alaze Falaawo ky’agenda okukola. 2641:26 nny 2Ente omusanvu ennungi gy’emyaka musanvu n’ebirimba omusanvu ebigimu gy’emyaka musanvu; ekirooto kiri kimu. 2741:27 Lub 12:10; 2Bk 8:1Ente omusanvu embi enkovvu ezajja oluvannyuma, gy’emyaka musanvu, n’ebirimba omusanvu ebikaze olw’empewo ez’ebbugumu ez’ebuvanjuba gy’emyaka omusanvu egy’enjala.
28“Nga bwe ŋŋambye Falaawo, Katonda alaze Falaawo ekyo ky’agenda okukola. 2941:29 nny 47Wajja kubaawo emyaka musanvu egy’ekyengera mu nsi yonna ey’e Misiri, 3041:30 a nny 54; Lub 47:13 b Lub 47:56naye oluvannyuma lwagyo waliddawo emyaka musanvu egy’enjala eryerabiza ekyengera mu nsi yonna ey’e Misiri; enjala eribuna ensi. 31Ekyengera tekirimanyika n’akatono olw’enjala empitirivu era embi ennyo, eribuna Misiri yenna. 3241:32 Kbl 23:19; Is 46:10-11Ekirooto kya Falaawo kyekivudde kiddiŋŋanwa, kitegeeza nti ekintu Katonda akikakasa era ajja kukituukiriza mangu. 3341:33 nny 39Kale kaakano Falaawo alonde omusajja omukalabakalaba era ow’amagezi amuwe obuvunaanyizibwa ku nsi yonna ey’e Misiri. 3441:34 a 1Sa 8:15 b nny 48Era asseewo abalabirira balabirire ensi bakuŋŋaanye ekimu ekyokutaano eky’emmere ey’empeke yonna mu nsi ey’e Misiri okumalirako ddala emyaka omusanvu egy’ekyengera. 3541:35 nny 48Bakuŋŋaanye emmere eyo mu myaka egijja egy’ekyengera, bazimbe ebyagi ebinene mu buli kibuga bagikuŋŋaanyize omwo olw’ekiragiro kya Falaawo, bagikuume. 3641:36 nny 56Emmere eyo eriterekebwa olw’enjala eriba mu nsi okumalako emyaka omusanvu egy’enjala erigwa mu Misiri yonna; ensi ereme okuzikirizibwa enjala.”
Falaawo Afuula Yusufu Omufuzi
3741:37 Lub 45:16Ebigambo bya Yusufu ne biwulikika bulungi mu matu ga Falaawo n’ag’abaweereza be bonna. 3841:38 Kbl 27:18; Yob 32:8; Dan 4:8-9, 18; 5:11, 14Falaawo n’agamba abaweereza be nti, “Tuyinza okufuna omuntu ng’ono Yusufu omuli Omwoyo wa Katonda?” 39Awo Falaawo n’agamba Yusufu nti, “Katonda nga bw’akulaze bino byonna, tewali mulala mukalabakalaba, omugezi okukwenkana ggwe. 4041:40 Zab 105:21-22; Bik 7:10Gw’onoofuganga olubiri lwange, era abantu bange banaakolanga kyonna ky’onoobalagiranga; wabula nze kabaka n’abanga waggulu wo.” 4141:41 Lub 42:6; Dan 6:3Awo Falaawo n’agamba Yusufu nti, “Laba, nkutadde wo okufuga ensi yonna ey’e Misiri.” 4241:42 a Es 3:10 b Dan 5:7, 16, 29Olwo Falaawo n’alyoka aggya empeta41:42 Empeta zakozesebwanga okukakasa ebiwandiiko ebikulu. ku ngalo ye n’aginaanika Yusufu, n’amwambaza ekyambalo ekya linena omulungi, n’omukuufu ogwa zaabu mu bulago bwe. 4341:43 Es 6:9N’amuwa n’okutambuliranga mu ggaali lye eriddirira mu kitiibwa ng’erya Falaawo mwe yatambuliranga. Bonna ne bavuunama mu maaso ga Yusufu nga bwe bagamba nti, “Muvuuname.” Bw’atyo Falaawo n’amuteekawo okufuga ensi yonna ey’e Misiri.
4441:44 Zab 105:22Falaawo n’agamba Yusufu nti, “Nze Falaawo, naye awatali kigambo kyo tewali muntu aliyimusa mukono gwe newaakubadde ekigere kye mu Misiri.” 4541:45 nny 50; Lub 46:20, 27Falaawo n’atuuma Yusufu erinnya Zafenasipaneya; n’amuwa Asenaasi muwala wa Potiferi kabona wa Oni okuba mukazi we. Bw’atyo Yusufu n’atambula okubuna Misiri yonna.
4641:46 a Lub 37:2 b 1Sa 16:21; Dan 1:19Yusufu yali aweza emyaka amakumi asatu bwe yatandika okuweereza Falaawo, ye kabaka w’e Misiri. Awo Yusufu n’ava mu maaso ga Falaawo n’agenda n’abuna Misiri yenna. 47Mu myaka omusanvu egy’ekyengera emmere yabala n’ekamala. 48Yusufu n’akuŋŋaanya emmere mu Misiri mu myaka omusanvu egy’ekyengera n’agiterekera mu byagi ebinene mu bibuga. Mu buli kibuga n’akuŋŋaanyizamu emmere eyavanga mu nnimiro ezikyetoolodde. 49Yusufu n’atereka emmere mpitirivu, n’ebanga omusenyu ogw’oku nnyanja, okutuusa lwe yalekeraawo okugipima, nga tekisoboka kugipima.
5041:50 Lub 46:20; 48:5Omwaka ogw’enjala nga tegunnatuuka Yusufu yafuna abaana aboobulenzi babiri, Asenaasi, muwala wa Potiferi kabona wa Oni be yamuzaalira. 5141:51 Lub 48:14, 18, 20Omwana eyasooka yamutuuma Manase, kubanga Yusufu yagamba nti, “Katonda anneerabizza obuzibu bwange bwonna, n’ennyumba ya kitange.” 5241:52 a Lub 48:1, 5; 50:23 b Lub 17:6; 28:3; 49:22Owookubiri n’amutuuma Efulayimu, kubanga yagamba nti, “Katonda anjazizza mu nsi mwe nabonaabonera.”
53Awo emyaka omusanvu egy’ekyengera ekyali mu nsi y’e Misiri ne giggwaako. 5441:54 nny 30; Zab 105:11; Bik 7:11Emyaka omusanvu egy’enjala ne gitandika nga Yusufu bwe yayogera. Enjala n’egwa n’ebuna mu nsi zonna, kyokka yo mu Misiri nga emmere mweri. 5541:55 a Ma 32:24 b nny 41Enjala bwe yagwa mu Misiri, abantu ne bakaabira Falaawo olw’emmere. Falaawo n’agamba Abamisiri nti, “Mugende eri Yusufu; ky’anaabagamba, kye muba mukola.”
5641:56 Lub 12:10Kale enjala bwe yabuna Misiri, Yusufu n’asumulula ebyagi by’emmere byonna; n’aguza Abamisiri emmere. 5741:57 Lub 42:5; 47:15Ensi zonna nazo ne zijja e Misiri eri Yusufu okugula emmere; kubanga enjala yayitirira mu nsi zonna.