Genesis 41:31 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:31, NIV: The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe.

Genesis 41:31, ESV: and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of the famine that will follow, for it will be very severe.

Genesis 41:31, KJV: And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.

Genesis 41:31, NASB: So the abundance will be unknown in the land because of that subsequent famine; for it will be very severe.

Genesis 41:31, NLT: This famine will be so severe that even the memory of the good years will be erased.

Genesis 41:31, CSB: The abundance in the land will not be remembered because of the famine that follows it, for the famine will be very severe.

What does Genesis 41:31 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph has just interpreted Pharaoh's dreams (Genesis 41:1–7) as predictions from God: seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine (Genesis 41:25–30).

As part of his explanation, Joseph indicates the famine will be severe. The former years of abundant crops and herds will be critically reversed. The situation will be so bad that any prosperity seen during the good years will be lost and forgotten. It seems Joseph wants Pharaoh to understand the urgency of what God has shown him about the coming famine (Genesis 41:32).

As part of that, Joseph also seems led to suggest a course of action (Genesis 41:33–36). This is a brave step for Joseph, as he was not called on to give Pharaoh advice (Genesis 41:9–16). His counsel is to prepare for the famine by stockpiling grain during the years of plenty.