Genesis 41:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:6, NIV: "After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted--thin and scorched by the east wind."

Genesis 41:6, ESV: "And behold, after them sprouted seven ears, thin and blighted by the east wind."

Genesis 41:6, KJV: "And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them."

Genesis 41:6, NASB: "Then behold, seven ears, thin and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them."

Genesis 41:6, NLT: "Then seven more heads of grain appeared, but these were shriveled and withered by the east wind."

Genesis 41:6, CSB: "After them, seven heads of grain, thin and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up."

What does Genesis 41:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Egypt's king carried the title "Pharaoh." He has dreamt of seven gaunt cows eating seven healthy cows (Genesis 41:1–4). Falling back asleep, he dreams again. This time, seven healthy heads of grain are seen (Genesis 41:5). As in the prior dream, seven withered and terrible versions of the first group appear.

Though the region near the Nile river was well watered, crops could suffer from various natural disasters. One of these is suggested here. The original Hebrew only mentions "east," without explicitly mentioning wind. However, this is exactly what's implied. In that region, a type of sandstorm known as chamsin can bring intense winds, incredibly dry air, and scorching heat. The second set of seven grain heads seen by Pharaoh look like they've been parched and ruined by this blasting desert wind.