Genesis 41:55 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:55, NIV: "When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, 'Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.'"

Genesis 41:55, ESV: "When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.”"

Genesis 41:55, KJV: "And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do."

Genesis 41:55, NASB: "So when all the land of Egypt suffered famine, the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, 'Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, you shall do.'"

Genesis 41:55, NLT: "Eventually, however, the famine spread throughout the land of Egypt as well. And when the people cried out to Pharaoh for food, he told them, 'Go to Joseph, and do whatever he tells you.'"

Genesis 41:55, CSB: "When the whole land of Egypt was stricken with famine, the people cried out to Pharaoh for food. Pharaoh told all Egypt, "Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you.""

What does Genesis 41:55 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Apparently, Joseph did not begin distributing the stored grain (Genesis 41:33–36) immediately after the famine hit. He waited for the people to begin to ask for help from the Egyptian government. At some point, the people crossed a point from being low on grain to the point of being "famished." That's when they cried out to their king, who went by the title of "Pharaoh," and he directed them to go to Joseph and do whatever he told them to do (Genesis 41:44).

A common pattern in Joseph's life is the success he brings those who trust him with their powers (Genesis 39:2–6; 20–23). Here, again, Joseph does not merely do well with his master's resources. He leverages them to create the maximum possible benefit (Genesis 47:13–26). Pharaoh's confidence in Joseph was about to yield rescue for the people, and awesome results for his own wealth and political power (Genesis 41:56).