Genesis 41:2
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New International Version
when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds.

New Living Translation
In his dream he saw seven fat, healthy cows come up out of the river and begin grazing in the marsh grass.

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

New American Standard Bible
And lo, from the Nile there came up seven cows, sleek and fat; and they grazed in the marsh 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.

Christian Standard Bible
when seven healthy-looking, well-fed cows came up from the Nile and began to graze among the reeds.

Contemporary English Version
Suddenly, seven fat, healthy cows came up from the river and started eating grass along the bank.

Good News Translation
when seven cows, fat and sleek, came up out of the river and began to feed on the grass.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
when seven healthy-looking, well-fed cows came up from the Nile and began to graze among the reeds.

International Standard Version
when all of a sudden seven healthy, plump cows emerged from the Nile to graze in the grass that grew in the reeds that lined the bank.

NET Bible
seven fine-looking, fat cows were coming up out of the Nile, and they grazed in the reeds.

New Heart English Bible
Look, there came up out of the river seven cattle, sleek and fat, and they fed in the marsh grass.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Suddenly, seven nice-looking, well-fed cows came up from the river and began to graze among the reeds.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, well-favoured and fat-fleshed; and they fed in the reed-grass.

New American Standard 1977
And lo, from the Nile there came up seven cows, sleek and fat; and they grazed in the marsh grass.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And, behold, there came up out of the river seven beautiful cows and very fat, and they fed in a meadow.

King James 2000 Bible
And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favored cows and fat; and they fed in a meadow.

American King James Version
And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favored cows and fat; 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.

Darby Bible Translation
And behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fine-looking and fat-fleshed, and they fed in the reed-grass.

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.

World English Bible
Behold, there came up out of the river seven cattle, sleek and fat, and they fed in the marsh grass.

Young's Literal Translation
and lo, from the River coming up are seven kine, of fair appearance, and fat in flesh, and they feed among the reeds;
Study Bible
The Dreams of Pharaoh
1Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile. 2And lo, from the Nile there came up seven cows, sleek and fat; and they grazed in the marsh grass. 3Then behold, seven other cows came up after them from the Nile, ugly and gaunt, and they stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile.…
Cross References
Genesis 41:1
Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile.

Genesis 41:3
Then behold, seven other cows came up after them from the Nile, ugly and gaunt, and they stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile.

Genesis 41:18
and behold, seven cows, fat and sleek came up out of the Nile, and they grazed in the marsh grass.

Job 8:11
"Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the rushes grow without water?

Isaiah 19:6
The canals will emit a stench, The streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up; The reeds and rushes will rot away.

Isaiah 19:7
The bulrushes by the Nile, by the edge of the Nile And all the sown fields by the Nile Will become dry, be driven away, and be no more.
Treasury of Scripture

And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favored cows and fat; and they fed in a meadow.

there came.

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

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?

(2) Kine.--The cow was regarded by the Egyptians as the symbol of the earth, and of agriculture; and naturally both the kine and the ears of wheat rose out of the river, because as no rain falls in Egypt, its fertility entirely depends upon the overflow of the Nile. The cows sacred to Isis were seven in number, and in a copy of the Ritual of the Dead, Mr. Malan (p. 192) found a picture of the seven sacred cows with the divine bull.

In a meadow.--Heb., in the marsh-grass. The word occurs only in this chapter and in Job 8:11, where it is translated flag. It is the name of the rank herbage which grows luxuriantly along the banks of the Nile; or, as some think, of one special kind of marsh-grass, called by botanists cyperus esculentus.

Verse 2. - And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well-favored kine and fat-fleshed. According to Plutarch and Clement of Alexandria, the heifer was regarded by the ancient Egyptians as a symbol of the earth, agriculture, and the nourishment derived therefrom. It was therefore natural that the succession of seven prosperous years should be represented by seven thriving cows. That they appeared ascending from the river is explained by the circumstance that the Nile by its annual inundations is the cause of Egypt's fertility (cf. Havernick, 'Introd.,' 21). A hymn to the Nile, composed by Euna (according to the generality of Egyptologers a contemporary of Moses), and translated from a papyrus in the British Museum by Canon Cook (who ascribes to it an earlier date than the nineteenth dynasty), describes the Nile as "overflowing the gardens created by Ra giving life to all animals....watering the land without ceasing... Lover of food, bestower of corn... Bringer of food! Great Lord of provisions! Creator of all good things!" (vide 'Records of the Past,' vol. 4. pp. 107, 108); And they fed in a meadow - בָּאָחוּ, ἐν τῷ Αχει, (LXX.), literally, in the Nile or reed grass. The word XXX appears to be an Egyptian term descriptive of any herbage growing in a stream. It occurs only here and in ver. 18, and Job 8:11. And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine, and fatfleshed,.... Seven cows or heifers, sleek, fat, and plump, goodly to look at; these seemed in the dream, as if they came out of the river, because they were fed with the fruits of the earth, which the overflowing of the river Nile, and its canals, produced:

and they fed in a meadow; adjoining to the river, where there was good pasture for them, and gives a reason of their being in so good a condition. 41:1-8 The means of Joseph's being freed from prison were Pharaoh's dreams, as here related. Now that God no longer speaks to us in that way, it is no matter how little we either heed dreams, or tell them. The telling of foolish dreams can make no better than foolish talk. But these dreams showed that they were sent of God; when he awoke, Pharaoh's spirit was troubled.
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