Genesis 41: Joseph and the Pharaoh

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 36–37


How would you feel if you were called to appear before the leader of your country and give him advice? What would you be thinking and what would you say? What would you do if you became a leader of your country, second only to the president, king, queen, or prime minister? As you read Genesis 41, see what Joseph did in these situations and compare his actions to what you would do.

Understanding the Scriptures

Genesis 41

Well favoured (vv. 2, 4, 18)Strong, healthy 
Kine (vv. 2–4, 18–20, 26–27)Cows 
Fatfleshed (v. 2)Fat, healthy 
Ill favoured (vv. 3–4, 19–21, 26–27)Weak, sickly 
Lean fleshed (vv. 3–4, 19)Skinny, not healthy 
Brink (v. 3)Edge, bank 
Rank (vv. 5, 7)Ripe 
Blasted (vv. 6, 23, 27)Dried 
Devoured (vv. 7, 24)Ate 
Raiment (v. 14)Clothing 
Hastily (v. 14)Quickly 
Withered (v. 23)Weakened, dried up and hardened 
Declare (v. 24)Explain 
Consume the land (v. 30)Use up all the food the land can produce, the land cannot produce enough 
Grievous (v. 31)Terrible 
Established (v. 32)Done 
Discreet (vv. 33, 39)With good judgment 
Plenteous years (v. 34)Years with much food 
Store (v. 36)Storage, to save 
Against (v. 36)To prepare for 
Forasmuch as (v. 39)Because 
In the throne (v. 40)As the king 
Arrayed (v. 42)Dressed 
Vestures (v. 42)Clothing 
Laid up (v. 48)Stored 
Left (v. 49)Quit 
Toil (v. 51)Labor 
Fruitful (v. 52)Prosperous 
Dearth (v. 54)Famine 
Famished (v. 55)Starving 
Waxed sore (v. 56)Became terrible 

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Genesis 41.

Activity A iconDescribe or Draw

Describe or draw a picture of Pharaoh’s two dreams and tell what they meant, according to Joseph.

Activity B iconFinish These Sentences in Your Own Words

  1. 1.

    After Pharaoh told Joseph his dream, Joseph …

  2. 2.

    Joseph suggested …

  3. 3.

    Pharaoh made Joseph …

  4. 4.

    Joseph had two sons …

Activity C iconWhat Do You Suppose He Was Thinking?

  1. 1.

    Describe what you believe Joseph might have been thinking and feeling about his life at the end of chapter 41 considering the ways the Lord blessed him since the time he was with his family in Canaan.

  2. 2.

    What advice do you think Joseph would give to others about their trials?

  3. 3.

    How would things be different if Joseph had given in to Potiphar’s wife?

Joseph before Pharaoh

Pharaoh Made Joseph Ruler of All Egypt,

by Joe Maniscalco; courtesy of Pacific Press Publishing Association