Genesis 41:2
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English Standard Version
and behold, there came up out of the Nile seven cows, attractive and plump, and they fed in the reed grass.

King James Bible
And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow.

American Standard Version
And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, well-favored and fat-fleshed; and they fed in the reed-grass.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Out of which came up seven kine, very beautiful and fat: and they fed in marshy places.

English Revised Version
And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, well favoured and fatfleshed; and they fed in the reed-grass.

Webster's Bible Translation
And behold, there came up out of the river seven well-favored cows and fat-fleshed; and they fed in a meadow.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Encouraged by this favourable interpretation, the chief baker also told his dream: "I too,...in my dream: behold, baskets of white bread upon my head, and in the top basket all kinds of food for Pharaoh, pastry; and the birds ate it out of the basket from my head." In this dream, the carrying of the baskets upon the head is thoroughly Egyptian; for, according to Herod. 2, 35, the men in Egypt carry burdens upon the head, the women upon the shoulders. And, according to the monuments, the variety of confectionary was very extensive (cf. Hengst. p. 27). In the opening words, "I too," the baker points to the resemblance between his dream and the cup-bearer's. The resemblance was not confined to the sameness of the numbers-three baskets of white bread, and three branches of the vine-but was also seen in the fact that his official duty at the court was represented in the dream. But instead of Pharaoh taking the bread from his hand, the birds of heaven ate it out of the basket upon his head. And Joseph gave this interpretation: "The three baskets signify three days: within that time Pharaoh will take away thy head from thee ("lift up thy head," as in Genesis 40:13, but with מעליך "away from thee," i.e., behead thee), and hang thee on the stake (thy body after execution; vid., Deuteronomy 21:22-23), and the birds will eat thy flesh from off thee." However simple and close this interpretation of the two dreams may appear, the exact accordance with the fulfilment was a miracle wrought by God, and showed that as the dreams originated in the instigation of God, the interpretation was His inspiration also.

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there came.

Genesis 41:17-27 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood on the bank of the river...

a meadow. Or, rather, on, or among the reeds or sedges; for so {achoo} is generally supposed to denote (see

Job 8:11 Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?

); so called, according to Mr. Parkhurst, from its fitness for making ropes, or the like, to connect or join things together, from {achah,} to join, connect: thus the Latin {juncus,} a bulrush, a {jungendo,} from joining, for the same reason. He supposes it to be that sort of reed growing near the Nile which Hasselquist describes as having scarce any branches, but numerous leaves, which are narrow, smooth, channelled on the upper surface, and the plant about eleven feet high. The Egyptians make ropes of the leaves.

Cross References
Genesis 41:1
After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile,

Genesis 41:3
And behold, seven other cows, ugly and thin, came up out of the Nile after them, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile.

Genesis 41:18
Seven cows, plump and attractive, came up out of the Nile and fed in the reed grass.

Job 8:11
"Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Can reeds flourish where there is no water?

Isaiah 19:6
and its canals will become foul, and the branches of Egypt's Nile will diminish and dry up, reeds and rushes will rot away.

Isaiah 19:7
There will be bare places by the Nile, on the brink of the Nile, and all that is sown by the Nile will be parched, will be driven away, and will be no more.

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