Genesis 41:57 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:57, NIV: And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.

Genesis 41:57, ESV: Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.

Genesis 41:57, KJV: And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.

Genesis 41:57, NASB: Then the people of all the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the earth.

Genesis 41:57, NLT: And people from all around came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph because the famine was severe throughout the world.

Genesis 41:57, CSB: Every land came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, for the famine was severe in every land.

What does Genesis 41:57 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

As prophesied (Genesis 41:28–32), the famine which struck Egypt was severe. The prior seven years of prosperity (Genesis 41:47) were quickly erased. When the Egyptians ran out of food, they came to Joseph (Genesis 41:55–56) and bought grain. They would not starve, thanks to Joseph's God and his preparations during the seven abundant years that came before.

It was not just Egypt, however, struck by the famine (Genesis 41:54). People were growing dangerously low on food in all lands. People came from everywhere to Egypt and to Joseph to buy grain. This will dramatically increase the wealth and power of Egypt and her ruler (Genesis 47:13–26). Through Joseph's God-empowered interpretation of the Pharaoh's dream (Genesis 41:14–15), people of many lands would be saved from starvation. As the following chapters will reveal, this includes Joseph's own family.