Genesis 41:29 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:29, NIV: Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt,

Genesis 41:29, ESV: There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt,

Genesis 41:29, KJV: Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:

Genesis 41:29, NASB: Behold, seven years of great abundance are coming in all the land of Egypt;

Genesis 41:29, NLT: The next seven years will be a period of great prosperity throughout the land of Egypt.

Genesis 41:29, CSB: Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt.

What does Genesis 41:29 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This reiterates Joseph's prediction that Pharaoh's dreams are messages from God (Genesis 41:1–7). Joseph has already given the basic meaning of the dreams (Genesis 41:25–28), and now emphasizes the extreme nature of the two impending time periods. These are represented each by a group of seven, and in each separate dream the same basic events unfold. A healthy group of seven is consumed by a sickly group of seven (Genesis 41:17–24).

The first seven years will be extremely prosperous. Specifically, the land will be extremely fertile (Genesis 41:47). Food will be produced in abundance. Thanks to these "bumper crops," Egypt will thrive. While that's good news, Joseph will once again predict that these years will be followed by a seven-year famine (Genesis 41:30), so severe that everything gained in the years of plenty will be lost (Genesis 41:31).