Pharaoh tells the dream to Joseph (Gen 41:17-24). Joseph interprets the dream (Gen 41:25-32). Joseph proposes measures to cope with the coming famine (Gen 41:33-36). Joseph is appointed chief administrator and given Pharaoh's ring as authority (Gen 41:37-45). The seven years of plenty (Gen 41:46-53). The seven years of famine (Gen 41:54-57). The most impressive thing about the chapter is its perfect fulfillment of the pattern reaching all the way back to the double dream of Joseph (Gen 37), the dream that foretold the very events centering around this double dream of Pharaoh, a dream which Joseph's father accurately interpreted (Gen 37:10). The first pair of dreams was followed by a second pair, those of the butler and the baker related in the last chapter; and now, in this: Genesis 42. This, the sixth episode in the [~toledowth] (generation) of Jacob, recounts the onset of the famine with its impact upon Israel, the ten sons journeying to Egypt to buy grain, Joseph's recognition of his brothers, and his maneuvering to keep Simeon bound in Egypt until they should return another day.