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Pharaoh's butler and baker.

7 And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's houfe, faying, Wherefore look ye fo fadly to day?

8 And they faid unto him, We have

Chap. xli.

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14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and fhew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this houfe:

15 For indeed I was ftolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here alfo have I done nothing that they fhould put me into the dungeon.

16 When the chief baker faw that the interpretation was good, he faid unto Jofeph, I alfo was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:

17 And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaob; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.

18 And Jofeph answered and faid, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:

19 Yet within three days fhall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and fhall hang thee on a tree; and the birds fhall eat thy flesh from off thee.

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CHAP. XLI.

1 Pharaoh's two dreams. 25 Jofeph interpreteth them. 33 He giveth Pharaoh counfel. 38 Jofeph is advanced. 50 He begetteth Manaffeb and Ephraim. AND it came to pass at the end of two

full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.

2 And, behold, there came up out of the river feven well favoured kine and fatflefhed; and they fed in a meadow.

3 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and leanflefhed; and ftood by the other kine upon the brink of the river.

4 And the illfavoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the feven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke. 5 And he flept dreamed the second time: and, behold, feven ears of corn came up upon one ftalk, rank and good.

6 And, behold, feven thin ears and blafted with the east wind fprung up after them.

7 And the seven thin ears devoured the feven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.

8 And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he fent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wife men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.

9 Then fpake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, faying, I do remember my faults this day:

20 And it came to pafs the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feaft unto all his fervants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his fervants.

21 And he reftored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand:

22 But he hanged the chief baker: as Jofeph hath interpreted to them.

23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Jofeph, but forgat him.

IO Pharaoh was wroth with his fervants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker:

Ir And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream.

12 And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, fervant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret.

13 And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, fo it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.

14 Then Pharaoh fent and called Jofeph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.

15 And Pharaoh faid unto Jofeph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard fay of thee, that thou canft understand a dream to interpret it.

16 And Jofeph aufwered Pharaoh, fay

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18 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and wellfavoured; and they fed in a meadow:

19 And, behold, feven other kine came up after them, poor and very illfavoured and leanflefhed, fuch as I never faw in all the land of Egypt for badnefs.

20 And the lean and the illfavoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine:

38 And Pharaoh faid unto his fervants, Can we find fuch a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

39 And Pharaoh faid unto Jofeph,

21 And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still illfavour-Forafmuch as God hath fhewed thee all ed, as at the beginning. So I awoke. this, there is none so discreet and wife as thou art:

22 And I faw in my dream, and, behold, feven ears came up in one stalk, full and good:

23 And, behold, feven ears, withered, thin, and blafted with the east wind, fprung up after them :

24 And the thin ears devoured the feven good ears and I told this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me.

25 T And Jofeph faid unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath fhewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.

26 The feven good kine are feven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.

27 And the seven thin and illfavoured kine that came up after them are feven years; and the feven empty ears blafted with the eaft wind fhall be seven years of famine.

His advancement.

35 And let them gather all the food of thofe good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.

36 And that food shall be for store to the land against the feven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.

28 This is the thing which I have ken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he fheweth unto Pharaoh.

29 Behold, there come feven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:

30 And there fhall arise after them feven years of famine; and all the plenty fhall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine fhall confume the land;

31 And the plenty fhall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.

32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaon twice; it is because the thing is eftablished by God, and God will fhortly bring it to pass.

33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man difcreet and wife, and set him over the land of Egypt.

34 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 feven plenteous years.

37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his fervants.

45 And Pharaoh called Jofeph's name Zaphnath-paaneah; and he gave him to spo-wife Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.

40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word fhall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

41 And Pharaoh said unto Jofeph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.

42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Jofeph's hand, and arrayed him in veftures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;

43 And he made him to ride in the fecond chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

44 And Pharaoh faid unto Jofeph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee fhall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.

46 And Jofeph was thirty years old when he ftood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Jofeph went out from the prefence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

47 And in the feven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.

48 And he gathered up all the food of the feven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the fame.

49 And Jofeph gathered corn as the fand of the fea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.

50 ¶ And unto Joseph were born two fons before the years of famine came, which Afenath the daughter of Pati-pherah priest of On bare unto him.

51 And Jofeph called the name of the firstborn Manaffeh: For God, faid be, hath

Jofeph's brethren

hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's houfe.

52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim: for God hath caufed me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

53 And the feven years of plenteoufnefs, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.

54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Jofeph had faid: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Jofeph; what he faith to you, do. the

56 And the famine was over all face of the earth: And Jofeph opened all the ftorehouses, and fold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed fore in the land of Egypt.

57 And all countries came into Egypt to Jofeph for to buy corn; because that the famine was fo fore in all lands. CHAP. XLII.

Chap. xlii.

Jacob fendeth his ten fons to buy corn in
Egypt. 6 They are imprisoned by Joseph
for fpies. 21 Their remorse.
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Now when Jacob faw that there was

corn in Egypt, faid unto his fons, Why do ye look one upon another?

2 And he faid, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die. 3 And Jofeph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.

But Benjamin, Jofeph's brother, Jacobfent not with his brethren; for he faid, Left peradventure mischief befall him.

5 And the fons of Ifrael came to buy corn among those that came for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

6 And Jofeph was the governor over the land, and he it was that fold to all the people of the land: and Jofeph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.

7 And Jofeph faw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself ftrange unto them, and fpake roughly unto them; and he faid unto them, Whence come ye? And they faid, From the land of Canaan to buy food.

8 And Jofeph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.

9 And Jofeph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and faid unto them, Ye are fpies; to fee the nakednefs of the land ye are come.

10 And they faid unto him, Nay, my lord, but tobuy food are thy fervants come. II We are all one man's fons; we

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are true men, thy fervants are no fpies. 12 And he said unto them, Nay, but to fee the nakedness of the land ye are come.

13 And they said, Thy fervants are twelve brethren, the fons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.

14 And Jofeph faid unto them, That is it that I fpake unto you, faying, Ye are spies: 15 Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye fhall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.

16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prifon, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh furely ye are spies.

17 And he put them all together into ward three days.

18 And Jofeph faid unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prifon: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:

20 But bring your youngest brother unto me; fo fhall your words be verified,

and ye shall not die. And they did fo.

21 And they faid one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we faw the anguifh of his foul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this diftrefs come upon us.

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22 And Reuben answered them, faying, Spake I not unto you, faying, Do not fin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.

23 And they knew not that Jofeph underftood them; for he fpake unto them by an interpreter.

24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.

25 Then Jofeph commanded to fill their facks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his fack, and to give them provifion for the way: and thus did he unto them.

26 And they laded their affes with the corn, and departed thence.

27 And as one of them opened his fack to give his afs provender in the inn, he efpied his money; for, behold, it was in his fack's mouth.

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28 And he faid unto his brethren, My money is reftored; and, lo, it is even in my fack: and their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What

Jacob bardly perfuaded

What is this that God hath done unto us?

29 And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befel unto them; saying,

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to fend Benjamin into Egypt.

7 And they faid, The man asked us ftraitly of our state, and of our kindred, faying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we certainly know that he would fay, Bring your brother down?

8 And Judah faid unto Ifrael his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and alfo our little ones.

30 The man, who is the lord of the land, fpake roughly to us, and took us for fpies of the country.

31 And we faid unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:

32 We be twelve brethren, fons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan. 33 And the man, the lord of the country, faid unto us, Hereby fhall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren bere with me, and take food for the famine of your houfholds, and be gone:

34 And bring your youngest brother unto me then shall I know that ye are no fpies, but that ye are true men: fo will I deliver you your brother, and ye fhall traffick in the land.

9 I will be furety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and fet him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:

10 For except we had lingered, furely now we had returned this fecond time.

II And their father Ifrael faid unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your veffels, and carry down the man a prefent, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:

35 And it came to pass as they emptied their facks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his fack and 12 Ánd take double money in your when both they and their father faw the hand; and the money that was brought bundles of money, they were afraid. again in the mouth of your facks, carry 36 And Jacob their father faid unto it again in your hand; peradventure it them, Me have ye bereaved of my chil-was an overfight: dren: Jofeph is not, and Simeon is not, 13 Take alfo your brother, and arife, and ye will take Benjamin away: all go again unto the man: thefe things are against me.

37 And Reuben fpake unto his father, faying, Slay my two fons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again.

14 And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may fend away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.

38 And he said, My fon fhall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mifchief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then fhall ye bring down my gray hairs with forrow to the grave.

CHAP. XLIII.

15 And the men took that prefent, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rofe up, and went down to Egypt, and ftood before Jofeph.

16 And when Jofeph faw Benjamin with them, he faid to the ruler of his houfe, Bring thefe men home, and flay, and make ready; for these men fhall dine with me at noon.

1 Jacob is hardly perfuaded to fend Benjamin. 25 Jofeph entertaineth his brethren, 31 and maketh them a feast.

17 And the man did as Jofeph bade; and the man brought the men into Jo

AND the famine was fore in the land.

feph's house.

And it came to pafs, when they 18 And the men were afraid, because had eaten up the corn which they had they were brought into Jofeph's houfe; brought out of Egypt, their father faid and they faid, Becaufe of the money that unto them, Go again, buy us a little food. was returned in our facks at the first time are we brought in; that he may feck occafion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our affes.

3 And Judah fpake unto him, faying, The man did folemnly proteft unto us, faying, Ye shall not fee my face, except your brother be with you.

4 If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:

19 And they came near to the steward of Jofeph's houfe, and they communed with him at the door of the house,

5 But if thou wilt not fend him, we will not go down: for the man faid unto us, Ye fhall not fee my face, except your brother be with you.

6 And Ifrael faid, Wherefore dealt ye Jo ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?

20 And faid, O fir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:

21 And it came to pafs, when we came to the inn, that we opened our facks, and, behold, every man's money was in the mouth of his fack, our money in full weight:

His policy to say them.

Chap. xliv.
the fack's mouth of the youngest, and his
corn money. And he did according to
the word that Jofeph had spoken.

3 As foon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their affes. 4 And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Jofeph faid unto his fteward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou doft overtake them, fay unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good?

5 Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in fo doing.

6 And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these fame words.

Jofeph entertaineth his brethren. weight: and we have brought it again in our hand.

22 And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our facks.

23 And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your facks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them.

24 And the man brought the men into Jofeph's houfe, and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their affes provender.

25 ¶ And they made ready the present against Jofeph came at noon: for they heard that they fhould eat bread there.

26 And when Jofeph came home, they brought him the prefent which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.

27 And he asked them of their welfare, and faid, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive?

28 And they answered, Thy fervant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance.

29 And he lifted up his eyes, and faw his brother Benjamin, his mother's fon, and faid, Is this your younger brother, of whom ye fpake unto me? and he faid, God be gracious unto thee, my fon.

30 And Jofeph made hafte; for his bowels did yern upon his brother: and he fought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.

31 ¶ And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and faid, Set on bread.

34 And he took and fent meffes unto them from before him: but Benjamin's mefs was five times fo much as any of their's. And they drank, and were merry with him.

7 And they faid unto him, Wherefore faith my lord these words. God forbid that thy fervants should do according to this thing:

8 Behold, the money which we found in our facks' mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord's houfe filver or gold?

9 With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen.

32 And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that 15 And Jofeph said unto them, What is an abomination unto the Egyptians. deed is this that ye have done? wot ye 33 And they fat before him, the firft-not that fuch a man as I can certainly born according to his birthright, and the divine? youngest according to his youth: and 16 And Judah faid, What fhall we fay the men marvelled one at another. unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how fhall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy fervants : behold, we are my lord's fervants, both we, and be alfo with whom the cup is found.

17 And he faid, God forbid that I fhould do fo: but the man in whofe hand the cup is found, he fhall be my fervant;

and as for you, get you up in peace unto your

18 Then Judah came near unto him, and faid, O my lord, let thy fervant, Í pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy fervant:

CHAP. XLIV. Jofeph's policy to stay his brethren: AND he commanded the fteward of his house, faying, the men's facks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his fack's mouth.

2 And put my cup, the filver cup, in

10 And he said, Now also let it be ac cording unto your words: he with whom it is found fhall be my fervant; and ye fhall be blameless.

II Then they speedily took down every man his fack to the ground, and opened every man his fack.

12 And he fearched, and began at the eldeft, and left at the youngeft: and the cup was found in Benjamin's fack.

13 Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city.

14 And Judah and his brethren came to Jofeph's houfe; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.

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