Genesis 41:50 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:50, NIV: "Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On."

Genesis 41:50, ESV: "Before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph. Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore them to him."

Genesis 41:50, KJV: "And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him."

Genesis 41:50, NASB: "Now before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, bore to him."

Genesis 41:50, NLT: "During this time, before the first of the famine years, two sons were born to Joseph and his wife, Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, the priest of On."

Genesis 41:50, CSB: "Two sons were born to Joseph before the years of famine arrived. Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest at On, bore them to him."

What does Genesis 41:50 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

During the abundant first seven years Joseph had predicted through the Holy Spirit (Genesis 41:28–32), the land of Egypt was especially fruitful. Grain is being stored away in huge quantities. Thanks to Joseph's leadership, Egypt will be ready for the famine (Genesis 41:46–49).

Joseph and his wife Asenath (Genesis 41:45) are fruitful, as well. During those seven years, they have two sons. This verse reminds us that her father was a priest in the town of On, a center for worship of the sun. Scripture gives very few details about Asenath, her relationship with Joseph, or to what extent she adopted his faith in God.

For Joseph, these two sons serve as another reminder that the Lord is still with him. God is keeping His promises to Abraham and Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 17:6–8). God does not forget or abandon His promises. The names given to these sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, reflect Joseph's perspective that God's plans are always in place, even when they cannot be clearly seen (Genesis 41:51–52).