Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 41

约瑟为法老解梦

1两年后,法老做了个梦,梦见自己站在尼罗河边, 有七头肥美、健壮的母牛从河里上来,在芦苇丛中吃草。 随后又有七头丑陋、瘦弱的母牛从河里上来,与那七头母牛一同站在河边。 后来,七头丑陋、瘦弱的母牛吃掉了七头肥美、健壮的母牛。这时,法老醒了过来。

之后,他又睡着了,又做了个梦。他梦见一株麦子上长了七个饱满的穗子。 后来这株麦子上面又长了七个干瘪的穗子,它们被东风吹干了。 七个干瘪的穗子吞食了七个饱满的穗子。法老醒过来,原来是一场梦。

早上法老心中不安,就派人召来埃及所有的术士和博学之士,把梦告诉他们,可是没有一个人能为他解梦。

后来,侍酒总管对法老说:“我今天才想起我的罪过。 10 我从前和膳食总管惹王生气,被王囚禁在护卫长府内的牢里。 11 一天晚上,我俩都做了梦。 12 当时有一个希伯来青年跟我们一起被囚在牢里,他是护卫长的仆人。我们把梦告诉他,他就分别为我们解梦。 13 后来,他为我们解的梦都应验了,我恢复了原职,膳食总管被挂在木头上处死了。”

14 于是,法老派人去召约瑟,他们急忙释放约瑟。约瑟剃头刮脸,更换衣服,去见法老。 15 法老对约瑟说:“我做了一个梦,没有人能为我解梦。我听说你能解梦。” 16 约瑟回答说:“我自己不会解梦,但上帝却能给王圆满的解释。”

17 法老对约瑟说:“我梦见自己站在尼罗河边, 18 有七头肥美、健壮的母牛从河里上来,在芦苇丛中吃草。 19 随后又有七头丑陋、瘦弱的母牛从河里上来,我在埃及从来没有见过有这么丑陋的牛。 20 这些丑陋、瘦弱的母牛吃掉先前的七头肥母牛。 21 可是,它们吃了以后却仍然像以前那么丑陋。这时,我就醒了。 22 后来我又梦见一株麦子,上面长了七个饱满的穗子, 23 接着又长出七个干瘪的穗子, 24 这些干瘪的穗子吞了那七个饱满的穗子。我把梦告诉了术士,却没有人能为我解梦。”

25 约瑟对法老说:“王的梦都是同一个意思,上帝已经借着梦把祂将要做的事指示王了。 26 七头肥美的母牛和七个饱满的穗子都代表七年,是同样的意思。 27 七头瘦弱、丑陋的母牛和七个干瘪、被东风吹干的穗子也代表七年,是七年饥荒。 28 正如我刚才说的,上帝已经把祂将要做的事向王显明了。 29 埃及全境很快会有七年大丰收, 30 随后是七年饥荒肆虐全国,之前的丰收将被忘记。 31 饥荒将非常严重,之前的丰收将荡然无存。 32 王的梦出现了两次,表示上帝的心意已定,上帝必很快成就这事。 33 王应该选一个精明的人,派他治理埃及。 34 王也应该在各地委派官员,在七年丰收期内征收全国出产的五分之一, 35 把在丰年收集的粮食储存在各城,归王管理。 36 这些粮食要留到七年饥荒时用,免得这片土地被饥荒毁灭。”

约瑟做埃及宰相

37 法老和他所有的臣仆都赞同约瑟的建议。 38 法老对臣仆说:“我们哪里找像这样有上帝的灵同在的人呢?” 39 法老对约瑟说:“上帝既然把梦的意思指示给你,可见没人有你这样的见识和智慧。 40 我要派你管理我家,我的人民都要遵从你的命令,只有我权力比你大。” 41 法老又说:“我现在派你治理埃及全国。” 42 于是,法老摘下手上用来盖印的戒指,戴在约瑟的手上,给他穿上细麻袍,把金链戴在他颈上, 43 让他坐在自己的第二辆御车上,并有人在御车前高呼:“跪下!”这样,法老派约瑟治理整个埃及。 44 法老对约瑟说:“我是法老,但没有你的命令,埃及的任何人都不得擅自行事。” 45 法老赐给约瑟一个名字叫撒发那忒·巴内亚,又把安城祭司波提非拉的女儿亚西纳赐给他为妻。约瑟巡视了整个埃及。

46 约瑟三十岁开始为法老效劳,他离开法老去巡视埃及各地。 47 七个丰年之内,埃及粮食大丰收, 48 约瑟收集七个丰年出产的所有粮食,储藏进各城,每一座城附近出产的粮食都存放在本城。 49 约瑟积存了大量五谷,多如海沙,不可胜数。

50 荒年到来前,安城祭司波提非拉的女儿亚西纳给约瑟生了两个儿子。 51 约瑟给长子取名叫玛拿西,因为他说:“上帝使我忘记一切的困苦和我父亲家。” 52 约瑟给次子取名叫以法莲,因为他说:“上帝使我在受苦之地昌盛。”

53 七个丰年结束后, 54 七个荒年接踵而至,正如约瑟所言。各地都有饥荒,只有埃及全国有粮食。 55 后来,埃及全国也闹饥荒,百姓就向法老求粮,法老对他们说:“你们去找约瑟吧,要照他的吩咐做。”

56 饥荒蔓延到整个埃及时,约瑟便开仓卖粮给埃及人。那时,埃及的饥荒非常严重。 57 各国的人都到埃及来向约瑟买粮,因为天下到处都是大饥荒。

Amplified Bible

Genesis 41

Pharaoh’s Dream

1Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the [a]Nile. And lo, there came up out of the Nile seven [healthy] cows, sleek and handsome and fat; and they grazed in the reed grass [in a marshy pasture]. Then behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the Nile, ugly and gaunt and raw-boned, and stood by the fat cows on the bank of the Nile. Then the ugly and gaunt and raw-boned cows ate up the seven sleek and fat cows. Then Pharaoh awoke. Then he fell asleep and dreamed a second time; and behold, seven ears of grain came up on a single stalk, plump and good. Then behold, seven ears [of grain], thin and dried up by the east wind, sprouted after them. Then the thin ears swallowed the seven plump and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and it was a dream. So when morning came his spirit was troubled and disturbed and he sent and called for all the magicians and all the wise men of Egypt. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them to him.

Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, “I would mention my faults today. 10 [Two years ago] Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and he put me in confinement in the house of the captain of the guard, both me and the chief baker. 11 We dreamed a dream on the same night, he and I; each of us dreamed according to [the significance of] the interpretation of his own dream. 12 Now there was with us [in the prison] a young man, a Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted our dreams for us, to each man according to the significance of his own dream. 13 And just as he interpreted [the dreams] for us, so it happened; I was restored to my office [as chief cupbearer], and the baker was hanged.”

Joseph Interprets

14 Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; and when Joseph shaved himself and changed his clothes [making himself presentable], he came to Pharaoh. 15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have dreamed a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it; and I have heard it said about you that you can understand a dream and interpret it.” 16 Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me [to interpret the dream]; God [not I] will give Pharaoh a [b]favorable answer [through me].” 17 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dream, I was standing on the bank of the Nile; 18 and seven fat, sleek and handsome cows came up out of the river, and they grazed in the reed grass [of a marshy pasture]. 19 Lo, seven other cows came up after them, very ugly and gaunt [just skin and bones]; such emaciated animals as I have never seen in all the land of Egypt. 20 And the lean and ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows. 21 Yet when they had devoured them, it could not be detected that they had eaten them, because they were still as thin and emaciated as before. Then I awoke [but again I fell asleep and dreamed]. 22 I saw in my [second] dream, seven ears [of grain], plump and good, growing on a single stalk; 23 and lo, seven [other] ears, withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind, sprouted after them; 24 and the thin ears devoured the seven good ears. Now I told this to the magicians and soothsayers, but there was no one who could explain it [to me].”

25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The [two] dreams are one [and the same and have one interpretation]; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. 26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the [two] dreams are one [and the same]. 27 The seven thin and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years; and also the seven thin ears, dried up and scorched by the east wind, they are seven years of famine and hunger. 28 This is the message just as I have told Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. 29 Listen very carefully: seven years of great abundance will come throughout all the land of Egypt; 30 but afterward seven years of famine and hunger will come, and [there will be such desperate need that] all the great abundance [of the previous years] will be forgotten in the land of Egypt [as if it never happened], and famine and destitution will ravage and destroy the land. 31 So the great abundance will become forgotten in the land because of that subsequent famine, for it will be very severe. 32 That the dream was repeated twice to Pharaoh [and in two different ways] indicates that this matter is fully determined and established by God, and God will bring it to pass very quickly. 33 So now let Pharaoh [prepare ahead and] look for a man discerning and clear-headed and wise, and set him [in charge] over the land of Egypt [as governor under Pharaoh]. 34 Let Pharaoh take action to appoint overseers and officials over the land, and set aside one-fifth [of the produce] of the [entire] land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance. 35 Let them gather [as a tax] all [of the fifth of] the food of these good years that are coming, and store up grain under the direction and authority of Pharaoh, and let them guard the food [in fortified granaries] in the cities. 36 That food shall be put [in storage] as a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine and hunger which will occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land (people) will not be ravaged during the famine.”

37 Now the plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all of his servants.

Joseph Is Made a Ruler of Egypt

38 So Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this [a man equal to Joseph], in whom is the divine spirit [of God]?” 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since [your] God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and clear-headed and wise as you are. 40 You shall have charge over my house, and all my people shall [c]be governed according to your word and pay respect [to you with reverence, submission, and obedience]; only in [matters of] the throne will I be greater than you [in Egypt].” 41 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you [in charge] over all the land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and dressed him in [official] vestments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 He had him ride in his second chariot; and runners proclaimed before him, “[Attention,] bow the knee!” And he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44 Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Though I am Pharaoh, yet without your permission shall no man raise his hand [to do anything] or set his foot [to go anywhere] in all the land of Egypt [all classes of people shall submit to your authority].” 45 Then Pharaoh named Joseph [d]Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, priest of On (Heliopolis in Egypt), as his wife. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt [to inspect and govern it].

46 Now Joseph [had been in Egypt thirteen years and] was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Joseph departed from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt [performing his duties]. 47 In the seven abundant years the earth produced handfuls [for each seed planted]. 48 And Joseph gathered all the [surplus] food of the seven [good] years in the land of Egypt and stored [enormous quantities of] the food in the cities. He stored away in every city the food [collected] from its own surrounding fields. 49 Thus Joseph gathered and stored up grain in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting it, for it could not be measured.

The Sons of Joseph

50 Now two sons were born to Joseph before the years of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, bore to him. 51 Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh (causing to forget), for he said, “God has made me forget all my trouble and hardship and all [the sorrow of the loss of] my father’s household.” 52 He named the second [son] Ephraim (fruitfulness), for “God has caused me to be fruitful and very successful in the land of my suffering.”

53 When the seven years of plenty came to an end in the land of Egypt, 54 the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said [they would]; the famine was in all the [surrounding] lands, but in the land of Egypt there was bread (food). 55 So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried out to Pharaoh for food; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; do whatever he says to you.” 56 When the famine was spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold [surplus grain] to the Egyptians; and the famine grew [extremely] severe in the land of Egypt. 57 And [the people of] all countries came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the [known] earth.

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 41:1 Lit the river, and so throughout.
  2. Genesis 41:16 Lit answer of peace.
  3. Genesis 41:40 Lit yield to your mouth.
  4. Genesis 41:45 Probably Egyptian for “God speaks; he lives.”