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Genesis 41:40 You shall be over my house, and according to your word will all my people be ruled. Only in the throne I will be greater than you."

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      40. Thou shalt be over my house--This sudden change in the condition of a man who had just been taken out of prison could take place nowhere, except in Egypt. In ancient as well as modern times, slaves have often risen to be its rulers. But the special providence of God had determined to make Joseph governor of Egypt; and the way was paved for it by the deep and universal conviction produced in the minds both of the king and his councillors, that a divine spirit animated his mind and had given him such extraordinary knowledge.
      according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled--literally, "kiss." This refers to the edict granting official power to Joseph, to be issued in the form of a firman, as in all Oriental countries; and all who should receive that order would kiss it, according to the usual Eastern mode of acknowledging obedience and respect for the sovereign [WILKINSON].

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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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