(Reference: Genesis 41:15-41)
This is an account of what transpired between Pharaoh and I.
Pharaoh said to me, “I have had a dream, and no one can explain it. I have been told that you can interpret dreams.”
I answered, “I cannot, Your Majesty, but God will give a favourable interpretation.”
Then he shared his dream with me.
In his dream, he was standing on the bank of the Nile, when seven cows, fat and sleek, came up out of the river and began feeding on the grass.
Then seven other cows came up which were thin and bony. The thin cows ate up the fat ones, but they looked just as bad as before.
Then he woke up and had another dream.
He saw seven ears of corn which were full and ripe, growing on one stalk. Then seven ears of corn sprouted, thin and scorched by the desert wind, and the thin ears of corn swallowed the full ones.
When he finished, I said to him, “The two dreams mean the same thing; God has told you what he is going to do. There will be seven years of great plenty in all the land of Egypt. After that, there will be seven years of famine, and all the good years will be forgotten, because the famine will ruin the country.
The repetition of your dream means that the matter is fixed by God and that he will make it happen in the near future.”
After the interpretation, I made a suggestion.
“You should choose someone with wisdom and insight and put him in charge of the country.”
Pharaoh nodded, and I continued.
“Together with other appointed officials, a fifth of the crops during the seven years of plenty, will be stored up in the cities and guarded.
The food will be a reserve supply for the country during the seven years of famine which are going to come on Egypt. In this way the people will not starve.”
Pharaoh and his officials liked the plan, and he turned to me and said to me, “God has shown you all this, so it is obvious that you have greater wisdom and insight than anyone else. I will put you in charge of my country, and all my people will obey your orders. Your authority will be second only to mine.”
I almost could not believe my ears. I didn’t know when the tears began to pool, and I had hold my chin up to prevent the tears from falling.