Genesis 41:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:23, NIV: After them, seven other heads sprouted--withered and thin and scorched by the east wind.

Genesis 41:23, ESV: Seven ears, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprouted after them,

Genesis 41:23, KJV: And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them:

Genesis 41:23, NASB: and behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind sprouted up after them;

Genesis 41:23, NLT: Then seven more heads of grain appeared, but these were blighted, shriveled, and withered by the east wind.

Genesis 41:23, CSB: After them, seven heads of grain--withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind--sprouted up.

What does Genesis 41:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Pharaoh is describing his second dream (Genesis 41:1–7) to Joseph (Genesis 41:14–16). In this vision, he saw seven full, healthy-looking ears of grain growing on a single stalk (Genesis 41:22).

Now he tells of seeing seven more ears sprouting after those. These ears, however, appeared withered, thin, and blighted by the brutal desert winds of the region. This might be a reference to the chamsin, a harsh, fast-moving windstorm which brings intensely hot, dry air. The rest of his dream is found in the following verse (Genesis 41:24).