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up after them. And the thin ears devoured the rank and full ears: and Pharaoh awoke."

In the morning Pharaoh was much troubled, on account of his two singular dreams, and sent for the magicians and wise men of Egypt, to tell him the meaning of his dreams, yet none of them could interpret them unto Pharaoh. It was at this crisis that the chief butler remembered Joseph, and his neglect of him : and he related to Pharaoh, how that when he and the chief baker were in prison, and both dreamed a dream in one night, that the Hebrew servant of the guard did interpret their dreams; and also that it came to pass as he had interpreted.

Then Pharaoh sent for Joseph in great haste, and told him how that he had dreamed two dreanis, and none could interpret them, and concluded by saying—"I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.'

And Joseph made answer- “ It is not in me; God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”

Then Pharaoh related unto Joseph every particular of his two dreams; and Joseph said unto him, « The dream of Pharaoh is one-God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years ; the dream is one. And the seven thin and ill-favoured kine that came up after them, are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind, shall be seven years of famine. This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh ; what God is about to do, he sheweth unto Pharaoh. Behold there will come seven years of great plenty throughout the land of Egypt. And then shall arise after them seven years of famine, and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and famine shall consume the land, and the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following: for it shall be very grievous. And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice, it is because the thing is established by God: and God will shortly bring it to pass.

“Now, therefore, let Pharaoh look out for a discreet and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth-part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. And let them gather up all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. And the food shall be for store in the land, against the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land perish not through the famine.”

Joseph, in predicting the calamity that was to befal the land, (for what can be such a a calamity as its people not having food?) was also empowered to furnish Pharaoh with a remedy against the forthcoming evil. He tells Pharaoh “ to take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years."

Now the tenth part was the common tribute ; and the greater and richer sort of grain was used in time of plenty to fill the store-houses against a bad year. In

years traordinary plenty a fifth was no more than a tenth in scarce years. So Joseph thought Pharaoh might buy as much more as was his tribute, which he could do at an easy rate, when such vast plenty made corn very cheap.

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All this appeared so wise to Pharaoh, that he thought, as God had shewed Joseph these things, he was the only "wise and discreet person” for the emergency.

So Pharaoh placed a ring upon Joseph's hand, and set him over all the land of Egypt, to be next in power to himself : and Pharaoh caused his people to pay Joseph all the homage and respect due to so exalted a station.

And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnath-paaneah : and he married him to Asenath, the daughter of Potipherah, priest of On.

The changing of Joseph's name was in accordance with an ancient custom among eastern princes.

Nebuchadnezzar, we read, imposed new names upon Daniel, and his companions in Babylon: and to this day, it is said, the Mogul never advances a man, but he gives him a new name, or title,-in the same manner that, at the present day, in our own country, as a peculiar mark of favour from the sovereign, a man is created duke, marquis, &c,, &c., of any particular place he may have signalized himself in.

Joseph, we learn, was about thirty years of age at the time he was placed over all the land of Egypt.

In the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth abundantly; and he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which was in the land of Egypt, and laid it up in the cities.

And Joseph had two sons born unto him before the years of the famine came; and he called the name of the first-born, Manasseh ; "For God,” said he, "hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house.” And the

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