Genesis 41:49 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:49, NIV: "Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure."

Genesis 41:49, ESV: "And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured."

Genesis 41:49, KJV: "And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number."

Genesis 41:49, NASB: "Joseph stored up grain in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped measuring it, for it was beyond measure."

Genesis 41:49, NLT: "He piled up huge amounts of grain like sand on the seashore. Finally, he stopped keeping records because there was too much to measure."

Genesis 41:49, CSB: "So Joseph stored up grain in such abundance--like the sand of the sea--that he stopped measuring it because it was beyond measure."

What does Genesis 41:49 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The nation of Egypt is gathering 20 percent of the harvest from every field. This is happening during a period of unprecedented abundance (Genesis 41:47), under the direction of Joseph (Genesis 41:44). The purpose for this stockpile is to create a buffer against an impending famine (Genesis 41:28–32).

As part of his diligent work, Joseph begins by carefully measuring the grain. This would allow for a record of how much would be available when the famine hits. Eventually, though, his team gives up keeping track of how much grain they are storing away. The act of counting the grain starts to take so long it's virtually impossible: like counting the sand grains on a beach! By setting aside a portion of the abundance of the first seven years, Joseph is helping to provide for the people during the seven years of famine (Genesis 47:13–26).