Genesis 41:53 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:53, NIV: The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end,

Genesis 41:53, ESV: The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end,

Genesis 41:53, KJV: And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.

Genesis 41:53, NASB: When the seven years of plenty which had taken place in the land of Egypt came to an end,

Genesis 41:53, NLT: At last the seven years of bumper crops throughout the land of Egypt came to an end.

Genesis 41:53, CSB: Then the seven years of abundance in the land of Egypt came to an end,

What does Genesis 41:53 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Another confirmation of Joseph's God-given ability to interpret dreams (Genesis 41:14–16) comes now. Joseph told Pharaoh that seven years of abundance would be followed by seven years of famine (Genesis 41:28–32). After seven years, the amazing prosperity in Egypt's fields comes to an end. The famine has begun.

That's bad news for the region, but it proves God's faithfulness to and through Joseph once more. God is ever trustworthy even while providing through dark and difficult times. Now, the stockpiles which Joseph has built up will save many people from starvation (Genesis 47:13–26).