Genesis 41:38 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:38, NIV: So Pharaoh asked them, 'Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?'

Genesis 41:38, ESV: And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?”

Genesis 41:38, KJV: And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

Genesis 41:38, NASB: Then Pharaoh said to his servants, 'Can we find a man like this, in whom there is a divine spirit?'

Genesis 41:38, NLT: So Pharaoh asked his officials, 'Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?'

Genesis 41:38, CSB: and he said to them, "Can we find anyone like this, a man who has God's spirit in him? "

What does Genesis 41:38 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph has revealed to Pharaoh that his prophetic dreams (Genesis 41:17–24) are from Joseph's God. They point to seven years of great abundance in the region followed by seven years of all-consuming famine (Genesis 41:28–32). Joseph has proposed a plan to prepare for that famine: handing great authority to a discerning man to manage the coming crisis (Genesis 41:33–36). Rather than being offended at a slave offering advice to a king, Pharaoh and his advisers like the proposal (Genesis 41:37).

Pharaoh's question here is probably rhetorical—it is not literally a question, but a statement. The "man like this," most likely, is Joseph. What Pharaoh is saying is, "we're not going to find anyone better to take on this role than this very man." The way Joseph has interpreted the dreams and immediately given sound advice makes it clear the Spirit of the God rests in him. Pharaoh now has firsthand experience of God's power through Joseph. Egypt's king, naturally, wants that power working for him and his kingdom.