And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed:
and, behold, he stood by the river.
And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and
fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow.
And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill
favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the
And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well
favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.
Two years later, the Pharaoh had a dream. 
Here's how it went:
The Pharaoh was standing by the river when seven fat, good-looking cows that came out of the river,
followed by seven skinny, ugly cows.
The skinny cows ate the fat ones.
And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn
came up upon one stalk, rank and good.
6 And, behold, seven thin ears
and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them.
And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh
awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.
Pharaoh had another dream.
This time seven skinny heads of grain at seven fat ones.
And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he
sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men
thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could
interpret them unto Pharaoh.
Pharaoh's magicians and wise men couldn't interpret his dreams.
Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults
Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of
the guard's house, both me and the chief baker:
And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man
according to the interpretation of his dream.
And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant 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.
And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored
unto mine office, and him he hanged.
The butler told the Pharaoh about how Joseph had successfully interpreted his and the (unfortunate)
Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of
the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none
that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst
understand a dream to interpret it.
So the Pharaoh called Joseph, and said to him,
I have dreamed a dream and no one can interpret it.
I've heard that you can interpret dreams.
And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give
Pharaoh an answer of peace.
It's not in me, but God will give you a peaceful answer.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank
of the river:
And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and
well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:
And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill
favoured and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for
And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat
And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten
them; but they were still ill favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke.
So Pharaoh told Joseph his first dream. (See verses 2-4
And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full
And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind,
sprung up after them:
And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told this unto the
magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me.
Then Pharaoh told Joseph his second dream. (See verses 5-7
Joseph interprets the Pharaoh's dreams.
And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed
Pharaoh what he is about to do.
The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven
years: the dream is one.
And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven
years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven
years of famine.
This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to
do he sheweth unto Pharaoh.
Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of
And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty
shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the
And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine
following; for it shall be very grievous.
And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the
thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.
Joseph said it was simple:
God will send seven good years followed by seven years of famine.
And the famine will be world-wide and very grievous.
Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him
over the land of Egypt.
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 seven plenteous years.
And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up
corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.
And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of
famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not
through the famine.
And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his
Joseph advised the Pharoah, saying:
Find someone discrete and wise and give him power over all
And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a
man in whom the Spirit of God is?
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this,
there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:
The Pharaoh asked his servants,
Who should I appoint to oversee Egypt?
Where can I find someone who is filled with the Spirit of God?
Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my
people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of
He chose Joseph, telling him,
God has shown you how to interpret my dreams.
No one is as discrete and wise as you.
You will rule the land of Egypt.
And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's
hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
The Pharaoh took off his ring and put it on Joseph's hand, gave him some fancy clothes,
and put a gold chain around his neck.
And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried
before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man
lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
He gave Joseph a chariot to ride around in, and commanded everyone in Egypt to obey him.
And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife
Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over
all the land of Egypt.
He even gave Joseph a cool new name (Zaphnathpaaneah) and threw in a wife (Asenath) just for the heck of it.
Joseph drove his new chariot over all of the land of Egypt.
And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of
Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout
all the land of Egypt.
Joseph's interpretations come true.
And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.
And he gathered up all the food of the seven 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 same.
And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left
numbering; for it was without number.
And it all happened as Joseph predicted.
During the seven good years, the earth produced by the handfuls.
Joseph gathered and stored all the food, with corn grains so abundant that
they couldn't be counted, like the sand on the seashore.
And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which
Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.
And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he,
hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house.
And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be
fruitful in the land of my affliction.
During this time, Joseph and his Egyptian wife Asenath had two boys (of course): Manasseh and Ephraim.
And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were
And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said:
and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was
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 Joseph; what he
saith to you, do.
And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all
the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in
the land of Egypt.
And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that
the famine was so sore in all lands.
As Joseph predicted, the seven good years were followed by seven bad ones.
When the famine struck, everyone on earth had to buy their food from Joseph.
If they couldn't travel that far or didn't have
enough money, they starved.
It was all part of God's plan (to make Joseph wealthy).
It was a seven-year, earth-wide famine.