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.

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

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.

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;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

There came up out of the river seven well-favored kine - This must certainly refer to the hippopotamus or river horse, as the circumstances of coming up out of the river and feeding in the field characterize that animal alone. The hippopotamus is the well-known inhabitant of the Nile, and frequently by night comes out of the river to feed in the fields, or in the sedge by the river side.

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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.

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The Covenant of Works
Q-12: I proceed to the next question, WHAT SPECIAL ACT OF PROVIDENCE DID GOD EXERCISE TOWARDS MAN IN THE ESTATE WHEREIN HE WAS CREATED? A: When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him upon condition of perfect obedience, forbidding him to eat of the tree of knowledge upon pain of death. For this, consult with Gen 2:16, 17: And the Lord commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

The First Chaldaean Empire and the Hyksos in Egypt
Syria: the part played by it in the ancient world--Babylon and the first Chaldaean empire--The dominion of the Hyksos: Ahmosis. Some countries seem destined from their origin to become the battle-fields of the contending nations which environ them. Into such regions, and to their cost, neighbouring peoples come from century to century to settle their quarrels and bring to an issue the questions of supremacy which disturb their little corner of the world. The nations around are eager for the possession
G. Maspero—History Of Egypt, Chaldaea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, V 4

Cross References
Genesis 41:1
When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile,

Genesis 41:3
After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank.

Genesis 41:18
when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds.

Job 8:11
Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water?

Isaiah 19:6
The canals will stink; the streams of Egypt will dwindle and dry up. The reeds and rushes will wither,

Isaiah 19:7
also the plants along the Nile, at the mouth of the river. Every sown field along the Nile will become parched, will blow away and be no more.

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