Genesis 41:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:26, NIV: The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream.

Genesis 41:26, ESV: The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one.

Genesis 41:26, KJV: The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.

Genesis 41:26, NASB: The seven good cows are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one and the same.

Genesis 41:26, NLT: The seven healthy cows and the seven healthy heads of grain both represent seven years of prosperity.

Genesis 41:26, CSB: The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads are seven years. The dreams mean the same thing.

What does Genesis 41:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph (Genesis 41:14–16) reveals that Pharaoh's two dreams deliver the same message from God in the form of allegory (Genesis 41:1–8). In both dreams, the numbers represent years. The seven healthy cows and the seven healthy ears of grain represent the same seven-year period (Genesis 41:17–24).

As Joseph will go on to explain, the seven thin cows and seven thin heads of grain represent a second time period, one of famine (Genesis 41:27). This shortage will be so severe that it will entirely undo the seven years of abundance (Genesis 41:31). While that is dire news, there is also hope. Since Pharaoh has been warned, he can prepare—Joseph will make such suggestions as part of his interpretation (Genesis 41:34–36).