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(GENESIS XLI. 54-57.)

ABOUT the year B.C. 1872, Pharaoh, king of Egypt, had two remarkable dreams, by which he was greatly troubled. He thought that he was standing on the margin of the Nile, when he beheld seven beautiful fat heifers come forth from the water, and feed in a meadow. He was yet admiring them, when there came up, at the same spot, seven of the leanest and most ill-conditioned heifers that the king had ever seen, and these devoured the seven beautiful and fat heifers, and yet appeared lean and ill-favoured still. Pharaoh then awoke. But he again fell asleep, and then he dreamed that he saw seven good and plump ears of corn spring up on one stalk, which were succeeded by seven other ears of corn, thin and blasted by the east wind, and by these the first were devoured.

As these dreams appeared to import some remarkable event, Pharaoh was anxious to have them interpreted. Accordingly, in the morning, he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt for that purpose. They came; and as they stood before him, Pharaoh related his dreams; but the meaning of them was too deep for their skill; “none could interpret them unto Pharaoh.”

How anxious Pharaoh was to have his two-fold dream interpreted, is discovered in the circumstances which followed. About two years before, the Hebrew, Joseph, had interpreted a dream with which his then fellow-prisoner, Pharaoh's butler, was visited, to the effect that he would be restored to his office. He was restored, and he related the circumstance to Pharaoh, when he saw him in this dilemma, and the monarch's mandate was instantly issued for the Hebrew to be brought into his presence. Joseph was allowed but just time to shave his head and beard, and to change his raiment, before he was hurried off to the palace, and presented to the king. As soon as he arrived, Pharaoh addressed him thus :-“I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it." The answer of Joseph was very pleasing. Unwilling to encourage even a kingly delusion, he replied, that the solution belonged not to himself, but to

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