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Genesis 41:1 Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile.

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      Ge 41:1-24. PHARAOH'S DREAM.

      1. at the end of two full years--It is not certain whether these years are reckoned from the beginning of Joseph's imprisonment, or from the events described in the preceding chapter--most likely the latter. What a long time for Joseph to experience the sickness of hope deferred! But the time of his enlargement came when he had sufficiently learned the lessons of God designed for him; and the plans of Providence were matured.
      Pharaoh dreamed--"Pharaoh," from an Egyptian word Phre, signifying the "sun," was the official title of the kings of that country. The prince, who occupied the throne of Egypt, was Aphophis, one of the Memphite kings, whose capital was On or Heliopolis, and who is universally acknowledged to have been a patriot king. Between the arrival of Abraham and the appearance of Joseph in that country, somewhat more than two centuries had elapsed. Kings sleep and dream, as well as their subjects. And this Pharaoh had two dreams in one night so singular and so similar, so distinct and so apparently significant, so coherent and vividly impressed on his memory, that his spirit was troubled.

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Brief Summary: Pharaoh dreams of the kine and the ears, Joseph interprets the dreams, his interpretation reveals seven years of plenty and seven years of famine, he proposes a solution of grain storage throughout the famine, Pharaoh applauds him and makes him ruler of all Egypt, Joseph marries an Egyptian named Asenath, Joseph gathers grain as the sand upon the seashore, Asenath bearish two children Ephraim and Manasseh, Joseph sells grain to the Egyptians and others during the famine.

Outline
1 Pharaoh's two dreams
25 Joseph interprets them
33 Josephe gives Pharaoh counsel
38 Joseph is promoted
50 The birth of Manasseh and Ephraim
53 The famine begins

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