PT 30//PT 31
46Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of
Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s
presence and traveled throughout Egypt.
47During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully.
48Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years
of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it.
49Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of
the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.
50Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to
Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.
51Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my
52The second son he named Ephraim and said, “It is because
God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”
53The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end,
54and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole
land of Egypt there was food.
55When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to
Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, “Go to
Joseph and do what he tells you.”
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