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Genesis 41:30-31

41:30 But seven years of famine will occur 1  after them, and all the abundance will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will devastate 2  the land. 41:31 The previous abundance of the land will not be remembered 3  because of the famine that follows, for the famine will be very severe. 4 

Genesis 41:38

41:38 So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find a man like Joseph, 5  one in whom the Spirit of God is present?” 6 

1 tn The perfect with the vav consecutive continues the time frame of the preceding participle, which has an imminent future nuance here.

2 tn The Hebrew verb כָּלָה (kalah) in the Piel stem means “to finish, to destroy, to bring an end to.” The severity of the famine will ruin the land of Egypt.

3 tn Heb “known.”

4 tn Or “heavy.”

5 tn Heb “like this,” but the referent could be misunderstood to be a man like that described by Joseph in v. 33, rather than Joseph himself. For this reason the proper name “Joseph” has been supplied in the translation.

6 tn The rhetorical question expects the answer “No, of course not!”

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