'It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land. The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe. The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.' " (Genesis 41:25-32 NIV)
Joseph's interpretation is simple and to the point: There will be seven years of great abundance in Egypt, followed by seven years of severe famine. The repetition of the message indicated that it would happen soon.
Notice how Joseph keeps the focus upon God rather than upon himself:
- God has revealed the dream to Pharaoh. (v.25)
- God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. (v.25,28)
- God has firmly decided the matter. (v.32)
- God will do it soon. (v.32)