Genesis 41:39 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:39, NIV: Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.

Genesis 41:39, ESV: Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are.

Genesis 41:39, KJV: And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:

Genesis 41:39, NASB: So Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you are.

Genesis 41:39, NLT: Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are.

Genesis 41:39, CSB: So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one as discerning and wise as you are.

What does Genesis 41:39 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph has advised the king of Egypt—who carries the title "Pharaoh"—to appoint a special leader to prepare for the coming seven years of famine (Genesis 41:28–32) by collecting 20 percent of the crops during the first seven years of abundance. This leader should be a wise and discerning man with great authority over the entire kingdom (Genesis 41:33–36). In modern political speech, we might call this person a "famine czar;" someone whose authority stems directly from the leader of the nation.

Pharaoh has agreed to this plan (Genesis 41:37) and now decides that man must be Joseph himself. His only given reason is that God's Spirit is clearly with Joseph (Genesis 41:38). Because of that, nobody else in the land is as wise and discerning as this Hebrew slave. This Pharaoh demonstrates wisdom and humility in recognizing his need for God's help. He will obtain just that, through Joseph, to manage what is to come and to save his people.