Genesis 41:30 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:30, NIV: but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land.

Genesis 41:30, ESV: but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land,

Genesis 41:30, KJV: And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land;

Genesis 41:30, NASB: and after them seven years of famine will come, and all the abundance will be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine will ravage the land.

Genesis 41:30, NLT: But afterward there will be seven years of famine so great that all the prosperity will be forgotten in Egypt. Famine will destroy the land.

Genesis 41:30, CSB: After them, seven years of famine will take place, and all the abundance in the land of Egypt will be forgotten. The famine will devastate the land.

What does Genesis 41:30 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After being told the dreams of Pharaoh, king of Egypt (Genesis 41:17–24), Joseph delivered the godly interpretation (Genesis 41:25–27). He then reiterated the severity of the situation, describing Pharaoh's dreams as messages from God (Genesis 41:28). Egypt will first experience seven years of amazing productivity from the land (Genesis 41:47). Egypt, watered by the Nile, was known for its rich crops. Joseph has said that Egypt will experience seven years of great fertility, likely above and beyond what they have known before.

However, those good years will be followed by seven years of harsh famine. This disaster will be so severe that the seven good years will be forgotten (Genesis 41:31). Joseph says that the land will be consumed by famine, as the sickly cows and shriveled ears of grain ate up the healthy ones in Pharaoh's dreams (Genesis 41:1–7).