Genesis 41:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 41:7, NIV: "The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream."

Genesis 41:7, ESV: "And the thin ears swallowed up the seven plump, full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream."

Genesis 41:7, KJV: "And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream."

Genesis 41:7, NASB: "And the thin ears swallowed the seven plump and full ears. Then Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream."

Genesis 41:7, NLT: "And these thin heads swallowed up the seven plump, well-formed heads! Then Pharaoh woke up again and realized it was a dream."

Genesis 41:7, CSB: "The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven plump, full ones. Then Pharaoh woke up, and it was only a dream."

What does Genesis 41:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

As did the first dream (Genesis 41:1–4), Pharaoh's second vision concludes in a disturbing way. He has seen seven wind-scorched ears of grain sprout up after seeing seven plump, healthy ears of grain. In that part of the world, a desert wind called chamsin can blast crops with heat, sand, and dry air. Now Pharaoh sees those seven thin, ugly, desert-scorched ears swallow up the healthy ones. This is much like the conclusion of his first dream, where seven emaciated cows devoured seven fat ones.

Finally, Pharaoh wakes up for the second time. The reminder that this was a dream suggests the visions were especially vivid. Pharaoh likely needed a moment to fully realize that what he saw was a dream and not reality. The following verses demonstrate that Pharaoh knows these dreams have deeper meaning. However, his advisors will be useless to help (Genesis 41:8). He will need divine help to understand what he has seen (Genesis 41:9–13).