Now Joseph was taken down to Egypt, and Pot'i-phar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ish'maelites who had brought him down there.
The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian,
and his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD caused all that he did to prosper in his hands.
So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.
From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had, in house and field.
So he left all that he had in Joseph's charge; and having him he had no concern for anything but the food which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome and good-looking.
And after a time his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph, and said, "Lie with me."
But he refused and said to his master's wife, "Lo, having me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my hand;
he is not greater in this house than I am; nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife; how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?"
And although she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie with her or to be with her.
But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house,
she caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me." But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and got out of the house.
And when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and had fled out of the house,
she called to the men of her household and said to them, "See, he has brought among us a Hebrew to insult us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice;
and when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment with me, and fled and got out of the house."
Then she laid up his garment by her until his master came home,
and she told him the same story, saying, "The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought among us, came in to me to insult me;
but as soon as I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment with me, and fled out of the house."
When his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, "This is the way your servant treated me," his anger was kindled.
And Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison.
But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's care all the prisoners who were in the prison; and whatever was done there, he was the doer of it;
the keeper of the prison paid no heed to anything that was in Joseph's care, because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper.
Some time after this, the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker offended their lord the king of Egypt.
And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief butler and the chief baker,
and he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined.
The captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he waited on them; and they continued for some time in custody.
And one night they both dreamed--the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison--each his own dream, and each dream with its own meaning.
When Joseph came to them in the morning and saw them, they were troubled.
So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were with him in custody in his master's house, "Why are your faces downcast today?"
They said to him, "We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them." And Joseph said to them, "Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, I pray you."
So the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, "In my dream there was a vine before me,
and on the vine there were three branches; as soon as it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters ripened into grapes.
Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand."
Then Joseph said to him, "This is its interpretation: the three branches are three days;
within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office; and you shall place Pharaoh's cup in his hand as formerly, when you were his butler.
But remember me, when it is well with you, and do me the kindness, I pray you, to make mention of me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house.
For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews; and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon."
When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favorable, he said to Joseph, "I also had a dream: there were three cake baskets on my head,
and in the uppermost basket there were all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating it out of the basket on my head."
And Joseph answered, "This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days;
within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head--from you!--and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat the flesh from you."
On the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, he made a feast for all his servants, and lifted up the head of the chief butler and the head of the chief baker among his servants.
He restored the chief butler to his butlership, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand;
but he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.
Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile,
and behold, there came up out of the Nile seven cows sleek and fat, and they fed in the reed grass.
And behold, seven other cows, gaunt and thin, came up out of the Nile after them, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile.
And the gaunt and thin cows ate up the seven sleek and fat cows. And Pharaoh awoke.
And he fell asleep and dreamed a second time; and behold, seven ears of grain, plump and good, were growing on one stalk.
And behold, after them sprouted seven ears, thin and blighted by the east wind.
And the thin ears swallowed up the seven plump and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream.
So in the morning his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men; and Pharaoh told them his dream, but there was none who could interpret it to Pharaoh.
Then the chief butler said to Pharaoh, "I remember my faults today.
When Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me and the chief baker in custody in the house of the captain of the guard,
we dreamed on the same night, he and I, each having a dream with its own meaning.
A young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard; and when we told him, he interpreted our dreams to us, giving an interpretation to each man according to his dream.
And as he interpreted to us, so it came to pass; I was restored to my office, and the baker was hanged."
Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon; and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh.
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it; and I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it."
Joseph answered Pharaoh, "It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer."
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Behold, in my dream I was standing on the banks of the Nile;
and seven cows, fat and sleek, came up out of the Nile and fed in the reed grass;
and seven other cows came up after them, poor and very gaunt and thin, such as I had never seen in all the land of Egypt.
And the thin and gaunt cows ate up the first seven fat cows,
but when they had eaten them no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were still as gaunt as at the beginning. Then I awoke.
I also saw in my dream seven ears growing on one stalk, full and good;
and seven ears, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprouted after them,
and the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears. And I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me."
Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dream of Pharaoh is one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.
The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dream is one.
The seven lean and gaunt cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also seven years of famine.
It is as I told Pharaoh, God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do.
There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt,
but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; the famine will consume the land,
and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of that famine which will follow, for it will be very grievous.
And the doubling of Pharaoh's dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.
Now therefore let Pharaoh select a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land, and take the fifth part of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plenteous years.
And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and lay up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it.
That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine which are to befall the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine."
This proposal seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his servants.
And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find such a man as this, in whom is the Spirit of God?"
So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discreet and wise as you are;
you shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command; only as regards the throne will I be greater than you."
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Behold, I have set you over all the land of Egypt."
Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in garments of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
and he made him to ride in his second chariot; and they cried before him, "Bow the knee!" Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt.
Moreover Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt."
And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaph'enath-pane'ah; and he gave him in marriage As'enath, the daughter of Poti'phera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.
Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went through all the land of Egypt.
During the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth abundantly,
and he gathered up all the food of the seven years when there was plenty in the land of Egypt, and stored up food in the cities; he stored up in every city the food from the fields around it.
And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.
Before the year of famine came, Joseph had two sons, whom As'enath, the daughter of Poti'phera priest of On, bore to him.
Joseph called the name of the first-born Manas'seh, "For," he said, "God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's house."
The name of the second he called E'phraim, "For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction."
The seven years of plenty that prevailed in the land of Egypt came to an end;
and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph; what he says to you, do."
So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.
Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.
He also said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a steward, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his goods.
And he called him and said to him, `What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.'
And the steward said to himself, `What shall I do, since my master is taking the stewardship away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.
I have decided what to do, so that people may receive me into their houses when I am put out of the stewardship.'
So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, `How much do you owe my master?'
He said, `A hundred measures of oil.' And he said to him, `Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.'
Then he said to another, `And how much do you owe?' He said, `A hundred measures of wheat.' He said to him, `Take your bill, and write eighty.'
The master commended the dishonest steward for his shrewdness; for the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.
And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations.
"He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.
If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches?
And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?
No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they scoffed at him.
But he said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts; for what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
"The law and the prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and every one enters it violently.
But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one dot of the law to become void.
"Every one who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.
"There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
And at his gate lay a poor man named Laz'arus, full of sores,
who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried;
and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Laz'arus in his bosom.
And he called out, `Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Laz'arus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.'
But Abraham said, `Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Laz'arus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.
And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.'
And he said, `Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house,
for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.'
But Abraham said, `They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.'
And he said, `No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
He said to him, `If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.'"