Genesis 41:49
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New International Version
Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.

New Living Translation
He piled up huge amounts of grain like sand on the seashore. Finally, he stopped keeping records because there was too much to measure.

English Standard Version
And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.

New American Standard Bible
Thus Joseph stored up grain in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped measuring it, for it was beyond measure.

King James Bible
And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.

Christian Standard Bible
So Joseph stored up grain in such abundance--like the sand of the sea--that he stopped measuring it because it was beyond measure.

Contemporary English Version
In fact, there was so much grain that they stopped keeping record, because it was like counting the grains of sand along the beach.

Good News Translation
There was so much grain that Joseph stopped measuring it--it was like the sand of the sea.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Joseph stored up grain in such abundance--like the sand of the sea--that he stopped measuring it because it was beyond measure.

International Standard Version
Joseph stored up so much grain—like sand on the seashore in so much abundance!—that he stopped keeping records because it was proving to be impossible to measure how much they were gathering.

NET Bible
Joseph stored up a vast amount of grain, like the sand of the sea, until he stopped measuring it because it was impossible to measure.

New Heart English Bible
Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was beyond measure.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Joseph stored up grain in huge quantities like the sand on the seashore. He had so much that he finally gave up keeping any records because he couldn't measure it all.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Joseph laid up corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until they left off numbering; for it was without number.

New American Standard 1977
Thus Joseph stored up grain in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped measuring it, for it was beyond measure.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Joseph gathered wheat as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left off numbering; for it was without number.

King James 2000 Bible
And Joseph gathered grain as the sand of the sea, very much, until he quit numbering; for it was without number.

American King James Version
And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.

American Standard Version
And Joseph laid up grain as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left off numbering; for it was without number.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there was so great abundance of wheat, that it was equal to the sand of the sea, and the plenty exceeded measure.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joseph laid up corn as sand of the sea exceeding much, until they left off numbering; for it was without number.

English Revised Version
And Joseph laid up corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.

World English Bible
Joseph laid up grain as the sand of the sea, very much, until he stopped counting, for it was without number.

Young's Literal Translation
and Joseph gathereth corn as sand of the sea, multiplying exceedingly, until that he hath ceased to number, for there is no number.
Study Bible
The Seven Years of Plenty
48So he gathered all the food of these seven years which occurred in the land of Egypt and placed the food in the cities; he placed in every city the food from its own surrounding fields. 49Thus Joseph stored up grain in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped measuring it, for it was beyond measure. 50Now before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore to him.…
Cross References
Genesis 41:48
So he gathered all the food of these seven years which occurred in the land of Egypt and placed the food in the cities; he placed in every city the food from its own surrounding fields.

Genesis 41:50
Now before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore to him.
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Verse 49. - And Joseph gathered (or heaped up) corn as the sand of the sea, - an image of great abundance (cf. Genesis 32:12) - very much, until he left numbering (i.e. writing, or keeping a record of the number of bushels); for it was without number. "In a tomb at Eilethya a man is represented whose business it evidently was to take account of the number of bushels. Which another man, acting under him, measures. The inscription is as follows "The writer or registrar of bushels - Thutnofre," (Hengstenberg, 'Egypt and the Books of Moses,' p. 36). And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much,

until he left numbering,.... At first he took an account of the quantities that were bought and laid up, how much there was in each granary, until it amounted to so much, that there was no end of numbering it; it was like the sand of the sea, an hyperbolical expression, denoting the great abundance of it:

for it was without number; not only the grains of corn, but even the measures of it, whatever were used; so Artapanus, an Heathen writer, says (p), Joseph, when governor of Egypt, got together the corn of seven years, an immense quantity.

(p) Apud Euseb. Praepar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 23. p. 430. 41:46-57 In the names of his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, Joseph owned the Divine providence. 1. He was made to forget his misery. 2. He was made fruitful in the land of his affliction. The seven plenteous years came, and were ended. We ought to look forward to the end of the days, both of our prosperity and of our opportunity. We must not be secure in prosperity, nor slothful in making good use of opportunity. Years of plenty will end; what thy hand finds to do, do it; and gather in gathering time. The dearth came, and the famine was not only in Egypt, but in other lands. Joseph was diligent in laying up, while the plenty lasted. He was prudent and careful in giving out, when the famine came. Joseph was engaged in useful and important labours. Yet it was in the midst of this his activity that his father Jacob said, Joseph is not! What a large portion of our troubles would be done away if we knew the whole truth! Let these events lead us to Jesus. There is a famine of the bread of life throughout the whole earth. Go to Jesus, and what he bids you, do. Attend to His voice, apply to him; he will open his treasures, and satisfy with goodness the hungry soul of every age and nation, without money and without price. But those who slight this provision must starve, and his enemies will be destroyed.
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