Joseph as a Prophet
Genesis 41:17-32
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood on the bank of the river:…

In interpreting Pharaoh's dream, Joseph shows himself a true prophet of the Lord. He has all the marks of those who are called to reveal the Divine mind to man.

I. BOLDNESS. The true prophet has no fear of man. He speaks the word which God hath given him, regardless of consequences He is ready to reprove even kings — to utter truths, however unwelcome. It required some courage to enter upon the perilous task of announcing to this Egyptian despot famine of seven years. But Joseph had all the boldness of a man who felt that he was inspired by God.

II. DIRECTNESS. Joseph spoke out at once, without any hesitation. There was no shuffling to gain time; no muttering — no incantations, after the manner of heathen oracles and prophets. This simple and clear directness is the special characteristic of Holy Scriptures; and by which they are distinguished from the literature of the world, which upon the deepest and most concerning questions never reaches a stable conclusion.

III. POSITIVENESS. Joseph's interpretation was throughout explicit and clear. There are no signs of doubt or misgiving. This Divine certainty is the common mark of all God's prophets.

(T. H. Leale.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river:

WEB: Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, "In my dream, behold, I stood on the brink of the river:

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