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Genesis 41:45 Then Pharaoh named Joseph Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, as his wife. And Joseph went forth over the land of Egypt.

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      45. Zaphnath-paaneah--variously interpreted, "revealer of secrets"; "saviour of the land"; and from the hieroglyphics, "a wise man fleeing from pollution"--that is, adultery.
      gave him to wife Asenath, the daughter of--His naturalization was completed by this alliance with a family of high distinction. On being founded by an Arab colony, Poti-pherah, like Jethro, priest of Midian, might be a worshipper of the true God; and thus Joseph, a pious man, will be freed from the charge of marrying an idolatress for worldly ends.
      On--called Aven (Eze 30:17) and also Beth-shemesh (Jer 43:13). In looking at this profusion of honors heaped suddenly upon Joseph, it cannot be doubted that he would humbly yet thankfully acknowledge the hand of a special Providence in conducting him through all his checkered course to almost royal power; and we, who know more than Joseph did, cannot only see that his advancement was subservient to the most important purposes relative to the Church of God, but learn the great lesson that a Providence directs the minutest events of human life.

JFB.


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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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Dreams
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Egyptian magicians
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Egyptian priest of On

Ancient Topics
Hebrew
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Ancient People
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Zaphnathpaaneah
Potipherah

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On (Heliopolis)

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