Genesis 41:47 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:47, NIV: During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully.

Genesis 41:47, ESV: During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly,

Genesis 41:47, KJV: And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.

Genesis 41:47, NASB: During the seven years of plenty the land produced abundantly.

Genesis 41:47, NLT: As predicted, for seven years the land produced bumper crops.

Genesis 41:47, CSB: During the seven years of abundance the land produced outstanding harvests.

What does Genesis 41:47 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Pharaoh had two dreams which were messages from God (Genesis 41:25–32). That message was that Egypt would experience seven years of great abundance, followed by seven years of atrocious famine and hardship. Pharaoh responded to Joseph's explanation of this prophecy (Genesis 41:14–16) by appointing him second in command over the entire nation (Genesis 41:39–41). Confirming that Joseph's God was indeed at work in the land, the exact prediction given comes to pass. Egypt's Nile delta is a fertile region, so this time of abundance must have been even beyond what the people expected.

This was good news for the land. However, any joy over the success would have been tempered for those who believed in Joseph's prophecy. That he was correct about the coming prosperity meant he would also be correct about the seven years of terrible famine to follow.