Two full years after the butler’s release from prison and thirteen years after Joseph was sold into Egypt, Pharaoh had a couple of troubling dreams. Seven fat and seven lean cows (possibly hippopotamus) came up out of the Nile River. The lean cows ate the fat cows, but were not any fuller. Also, seven heads of plump grain grew on a stalk and seven blighted heads grew on another stalk. The blighted heads consumed the plump heads.
Pharaoh was quite perplexed about the interpretation of these dreams after no one was able to tell him their meaning. We sometimes make promises that are promptly forgotten. The butler finally remembered Joseph’s request and informed the king about the forgotten prisoner.
Upon meeting the king, thirty year old Joseph stated, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”
Pharaoh related the dreams to Joseph and he relayed their meaning. There would be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.
Joseph was then placed in charge of storing grain during the seven plentiful years in preparation for the next seven. He became second to Pharaoh in authority in the land of Egypt.
Pharaoh gave Asenath, the daughter of the priest of On to Joseph for a wife. They had two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.