Genesis 41:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:15, NIV: Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.'

Genesis 41:15, ESV: And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”

Genesis 41:15, KJV: 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.

Genesis 41:15, NASB: Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'I have had a dream, but no one can interpret it; and I have heard it said about you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.'

Genesis 41:15, NLT: Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'I had a dream last night, and no one here can tell me what it means. But I have heard that when you hear about a dream you can interpret it.'

Genesis 41:15, CSB: Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said about you that you can hear a dream and interpret it."

What does Genesis 41:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph is the favorite son of Jacob (Genesis 37:3), hated by his brothers for that status as well as his grandiose dreams (Genesis 37:8). His brothers arranged to sell Joseph into slavery, where he served in the house of an Egyptian (Genesis 37:36). This led to imprisonment on a false charge (Genesis 39:19–20). Two years later after being freed, one of Joseph's fellow prisoners mentions that he met a man who could interpret dreams (Genesis 40:3; 41:1). This was in response to the Egyptian king's inability to understand a pair of ominous visions (Genesis 41:8–13).

With no warning, Joseph has been quickly brought from prison, shaved according to Egyptian social customs, dressed, and placed before the Pharaoh of Egypt. Now he learns why. Pharaoh has heard of Joseph's ability to interpret dreams, and he wants someone to interpret his (Genesis 41:14).