Genesis 41:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:1, NIV: When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile,

Genesis 41:1, ESV: After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile,

Genesis 41:1, KJV: And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.

Genesis 41:1, NASB: Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile.

Genesis 41:1, NLT: Two full years later, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing on the bank of the Nile River.

Genesis 41:1, CSB: At the end of two years Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing beside the Nile,

What does Genesis 41:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The prior chapter ended with Joseph still imprisoned (Genesis 39:20) despite successfully interpreting dreams for his fellow prisoners (Genesis 40:20–22). The surviving servant, the Pharaoh's cupbearer, failed to mention Joseph's unfair treatment (Genesis 40:14–15) and his talents (Genesis 40:23). As a result, Joseph languishes in prison for another two years. God's presence with His people does not always mean we will escape hard times (John 16:33). It does mean He will sustain us through those times (Genesis 39:21).

"Pharaoh" is the title given to the ruler of Egypt. Two years after restoring his cupbearer and executing his baker, Pharaoh has a complicated prophetic dream in which he found himself standing by the Nile. He will see seven healthy cows consumed by seven starving cows (Genesis 41:2–4). This will be followed by a second dream, repeating the same events, this time with ears of grain (Genesis 41:5–7).