Genesis 41:52 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:52, NIV: The second son he named Ephraim and said, 'It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.'

Genesis 41:52, ESV: The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

Genesis 41:52, KJV: And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

Genesis 41:52, NASB: And he named the second Ephraim; 'For,' he said, 'God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.'

Genesis 41:52, NLT: Joseph named his second son Ephraim, for he said, 'God has made me fruitful in this land of my grief.'

Genesis 41:52, CSB: And the second son he named Ephraim and said, "God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction."

What does Genesis 41:52 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Two sons are born to Joseph after his remarkable ascent to power in Egypt (Genesis 41:44, 50). Joseph names his second son Ephraim. Ephraim may have meant "fertile land." Joseph names his second boy to recognize God's gift of fruitfulness in Joseph's life even in the land of his affliction. Prior to the birth of his sons, Joseph had been sold into slavery (Genesis 37:28) and falsely imprisoned for years (Genesis 40:14–15).

Certainly, God has made Joseph fruitful, both in his work to spare the land from the coming famine (Genesis 41:33–36) and in extending his family to another generation. And yet, Joseph continues to refer to the nation he rules as second in command as the land of his own oppression. For all his power and privilege, Joseph recognizes that he is still, technically, a slave in Egypt.