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Genesis 41:3-4

41:3 Then seven bad-looking, thin cows were coming up after them from the Nile, 1  and they stood beside the other cows at the edge of the river. 2  41:4 The bad-looking, thin cows ate the seven fine-looking, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.

Genesis 41:19-21

41:19 Then 3  seven other cows came up after them; they were scrawny, very bad-looking, and lean. I had never seen such bad-looking cows 4  as these in all the land of Egypt! 41:20 The lean, bad-looking cows ate up the seven 5  fat cows. 41:21 When they had eaten them, 6  no one would have known 7  that they had done so, for they were just as bad-looking as before. Then I woke up.

Genesis 41:27

41:27 The seven lean, bad-looking cows that came up after them represent seven years, as do the seven empty heads of grain burned with the east wind. They represent 8  seven years of famine.

1 tn Heb “And look, seven other cows were coming up after them from the Nile, bad of appearance and thin of flesh.”

2 tn Heb “the Nile.” This has been replaced by “the river” in the translation for stylistic reasons.

3 tn Heb “And look.”

4 tn The word “cows” is supplied here in the translation for stylistic reasons.

5 tn Heb “the seven first fat cows.”

6 tn Heb “when they went inside them.”

7 tn Heb “it was not known.”

8 tn Heb “are.” Another option is to translate, “There will be seven years of famine.”

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