Genesis 41:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:32, NIV: "The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon."

Genesis 41:32, ESV: "And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about."

Genesis 41:32, KJV: "And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass."

Genesis 41:32, NASB: "Now as for the repeating of the dream to Pharaoh twice, it means that the matter is confirmed by God, and God will quickly bring it about."

Genesis 41:32, NLT: "As for having two similar dreams, it means that these events have been decreed by God, and he will soon make them happen."

Genesis 41:32, CSB: "Since the dream was given twice to Pharaoh, it means that the matter has been determined by God, and he will carry it out soon."

What does Genesis 41:32 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph is serving as a prophet of God before Pharaoh. Later, God will choose specific people to occupy the role of prophet, delivering His Word to the people and kings of Israel.

In his role as prophet, Joseph now reveals a key fact about prophetic dreams from God. Two dreams about the same thing means that God is resolved. What He has shown will unfailingly happen, and it will happen soon. In other words, a doubling of the same prophetic dream should increase the dreamer's confidence that God means to act and act quickly.

Earlier in his life, Joseph experienced back-to-back prophetic dreams about his family all bowing down to him (Genesis 37:1–11). We're left to wonder if Joseph only now understands a doubled dream as emphasis from God about something that will definitely happen.