Genesis 41:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:22, NIV: In my dream I saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk.

Genesis 41:22, ESV: I also saw in my dream seven ears growing on one stalk, full and good.

Genesis 41:22, KJV: And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good:

Genesis 41:22, NASB: I saw also in my dream, and behold, seven ears of grain, full and good, came up on a single stalk;

Genesis 41:22, NLT: 'Then I fell asleep again, and I had another dream. This time I saw seven heads of grain, full and beautiful, growing on a single stalk.

Genesis 41:22, CSB: In my dream I also saw seven heads of grain, full and good, coming up on one stalk.

What does Genesis 41:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This begins the second of Pharaoh's descriptions to Joseph. These involve his disturbing dreams (Genesis 41:1–7), which none of his advisors could explain (Genesis 41:8). When Pharaoh heard about a Hebrew prisoner—Joseph—who could interpret dreams (Genesis 41:9–13), he immediately summoned him (Genesis 41:14–16). The king has completed his description of the first dream (Genesis 41:17–21). In that vision, seven ugly, skinny cows ate up seven healthy-looking cows.

In the second vision, Pharaoh saw seven full, healthy-looking ears of grain growing on a single stalk. This verse uses an infamous word in Hebrew, sibbō'lēt, literally meaning something flowing or branching. In this context, it means the fruit-producing part of a plant; English translations present this as an "ear" or "head" of grain. Apparently, this word was awkward to pronounce, and stood out strongly in different dialects. This difference was so noticeable the term was used almost as a password (Judges 12:6).

The rest of Pharaoh's second dream is found in the following verses.