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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 servants. 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 showed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: 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 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; 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.” And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnath-paaneah ; and he gave him to wife Asenath, the daughter of Poti-pherah, priest of On.
The Story of Joseph—The Famine.
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. 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 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 unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath, the daughter of Poti-pherah, priest of On, bare unto him. And Joseph called the name of the first-born 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 blessed me in the land of my affliction.
And the seven years of plenteousness that was in the land of Egypt, were ended. 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 bread. 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 store-houses, 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.
The Story of Joseph-His Brethren go down to
buy Corn in Egypt.
• Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, “Why do ye look one upon another ?” And he said, “Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live and not die.” And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt. But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren ; for he said, “ Lest peradventure mischief befall him.” And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came : for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land : and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth. And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, “Whence come ye?” And they said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.” And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. And Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed of them, and said unto them, “Ye are spies ; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.” And they said unto him, “Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come. We are all one man's sons ; we are true men, thy servants are no spies." And he said unto them, “Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.” And they said, “Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not." And Joseph said unto them, “ That is it that I spake unto you, saying, 'Ye are spies : ' hereby ye shall be proved: by the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither. Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies.” And he put them all together into ward three days. And Joseph said unto them the third day, “ This do, and live; for I fear God: if ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison : go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses : but bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die.” And they said one to another, “We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us." And Reuben answered them, saying, “Spake I not unto you, saying, 'Do not sin against the child ;' and ye would not hear ? therefore, behold, also his