Genesis 41:28 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:28, NIV: It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.

Genesis 41:28, ESV: It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do.

Genesis 41:28, KJV: This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh.

Genesis 41:28, NASB: It is as I have spoken to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do.

Genesis 41:28, NLT: 'This will happen just as I have described it, for God has revealed to Pharaoh in advance what he is about to do.

Genesis 41:28, CSB: "It is just as I told Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.

What does Genesis 41:28 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Ancient Egyptians were naturally inclined to believe dreams could be messages from a divine source. Joseph has been summoned to interpret two dreams for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt (Genesis 41:14–16). In this case, Joseph agrees the visions are from God, and they are prophetic. As he stated before (Genesis 41:25), these were messages from God—the One True God (Jeremiah 10:10; John 17:3).

Believers often wish they could receive an overt, supernatural message from the Lord. That raises a reasonable question: why would the God of Abraham give messages to an Egyptian leader who worshiped many false gods? As the rest of Genesis will so beautifully uncover, God's message to Pharaoh is part of a greater plan. That purpose is to protect and provide for His own chosen people Israel. In time, Joseph will come to see even his own cruel treatment in Egypt as part of God's kindness and purpose for his family, his nation, and for the world (Genesis 50:15–20).