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Genesis 41:17 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the brink of the river:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— So Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, “In my dream, behold, I was standing on the bank of the Nile;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And Pharaoh said to Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Pharaoh said to Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood on the bank of the river.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Then spake Pharaoh unto Joseph,—In my dream, there was I, standing on the lip of the river;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Pharaoh speaketh unto Joseph: 'In my dream, lo, I am standing by the edge of the River,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— So Pharao told what he had dreamed: Methought I stood upon the bank of the river,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And Pharaoh said vnto Ioseph; In my dreame, behold, I stood vpon the banke of the riuer.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Pharaoh{gr.Pharao} spoke to Joseph, saying, In my dream methought I stood by the bank of the river;
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And Paroh said unto Yosef, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And Par` פַּרעֹה 6547
{6547} Prime
פַּרְעֹה
Par`oh
{par-o'}
Of Egyptian derivation; Paroh, a generic title of Egyptian kings.
said 1696
{1696} Prime
דִּבֵּר
dabar
{daw-bar'}
A primitive root; perhaps properly to arrange; but used figuratively (of words) to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue.
z8762
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
unto x413
(0413) Complement
אֵל
'el
{ale}
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
Ysf יוֹסֵף, 3130
{3130} Prime
יוֹסֵף
Yowceph
{yo-safe'}
Future of H3254; let him add (or perhaps simply active participle adding); Joseph, the name of seven Israelites.
In my dream, 2472
{2472} Prime
חֲלוֹם
chalowm
{khal-ome'}
From H2492; a dream.
behold, x2009
(2009) Complement
הִנֵּה
hinneh
{hin-nay'}
Prolonged for H2005; lo!.
I stood 5975
{5975} Prime
עָמַד
`amad
{aw-mad'}
A primitive root; to stand, in various relations (literally and figuratively, intransitively and transitively).
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
upon x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
the bank 8193
{8193} Prime
שָׂפָה
saphah
{saw-faw'}
(The second form is in dual and plural); Probably from H5595 or H8192 through the idea of termination (compare H5490); the lip (as a natural boundary); by implication language; by analogy a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.).
of the river: 2975
{2975} Prime
יְאוֹר
y@`or
{yeh-ore'}
Of Egyptian origin; a channel, for example a fosse, canal, shaft; specifically the Nile, as the one river of Egypt, including its collateral trenches; also the Tigris, as the main river of Assyria.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Genesis 41:17

_ _ Pharaoh said, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river — The dreams were purely Egyptian, founded on the productions of that country and the experience of a native. The fertility of Egypt being wholly dependent on the Nile, the scene is laid on the banks of that river; and oxen being in the ancient hieroglyphics symbolical of the earth and of food, animals of that species were introduced in the first dream.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Genesis 41:17-32

_ _ Here, I. Pharaoh relates his dream. He dreamt that he stood upon the bank of the river Nile, and saw the kine, both the fat ones and the lean ones, come out of the river. For the kingdom of Egypt had no rain, as appears, Zechariah 14:18, but the plenty of the year depended upon the overflowing of the river, and it was about one certain time of the year that it overflowed. If it rose to fifteen or sixteen cubits, there was plenty; if to twelve or thirteen only, or under, there was scarcity. See how many ways Providence has of dispensing its gifts; yet, whatever the second causes are, our dependence is still the same upon the first Cause, who makes every creature that to us that it is, be it rain or river.

_ _ II. Joseph interprets his dream, and tells him that it signified seven years of plenty now immediately to ensue, which should be succeeded by as many years of famine. Observe, 1. The two dreams signified the same thing, but the repetition was to denote the certainty, the nearness, and the importance, of the event, Genesis 41:32. Thus God has often shown the immutability of his counsel by two immutable things, Hebrews 6:17, Hebrews 6:18. The covenant is sealed with two sacraments; and in the one of them there are both bread and wine, wherein the dream is one, and yet it is doubled, for the thing is certain. 2. Yet the two dreams had a distinct reference to the two things wherein we most experience plenty and scarcity, namely, grass and corn. The plenty and scarcity of grass for the cattle were signified by the fat kine and the lean ones; the plenty and scarcity of herb for the service of man by the full ears and the thin ones. 3. See what changes the comforts of this life are subject to. After great plenty may come great scarcity; how strong soever we may think our mountain stands, if God speak the word, it will soon be moved. We cannot be sure that tomorrow shall be as this day, next year as this, and much more abundant, Isaiah 56:12. We must learn how to want, as well as how to abound. 4. See the goodness of God in sending the seven years of plenty before those of famine, that provision might be made accordingly. Thus he sets the one over-against the other, Ecclesiastes 7:14. With what wonderful wisdom has Providence, that great housekeeper, ordered the affairs of this numerous family from the beginning hitherto! Great variety of seasons there have been, and the product of the earth is sometimes more and sometimes less; yet, take one time with another, what was miraculous concerning the manna is ordinarily verified in the common course of Providence, He that gathers much has nothing over, and he that gathers little has no lack, Exodus 16:18. 5. See the perishing nature of our worldly enjoyments. The great increase of the years of plenty was quite lost and swallowed up in the years of famine; and the overplus of it, which seemed very much, yet did but just serve to keep men alive, Genesis 41:29-31. Meat for the belly, and the belly for meats, but God shall destroy both it and them, 1 Corinthians 6:13. There is bread which endures to everlasting life, which shall not be forgotten, and which it is worth while to labour for, John 6:27. Those that make the things of this world their good things will find but little pleasure in remembering that they have received them, Luke 16:25. 6. Observe, God revealed this beforehand to Pharaoh, who, as king of Egypt, was to be the father of his country, and to make prudent provision for them. Magistrates are called shepherds, whose care it must be, not only to rule, but to feed.

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Genesis 41:1-7 And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river. ... And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, [it was] a dream.
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