"The Fat Of The Land"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 208

Context: Joseph, a beloved son of Jacob's old age, is sold into Egyptian bondage by his jealous brothers, who allow Jacob to surmise that a beast has killed his son. In Egypt Joseph wins fame and power by telling Pharaoh that his strange dreams indicate that there will be seven years of plenteous harvest, followed by seven years of famine. In the course of time, Joseph's brothers come into Egypt, seeking food; but Joseph, whom Pharaoh has made responsible for overseeing the distribution of grain, tests his brothers before he reveals himself to them. The Egyptian ruler learns of the reconciliation of Joseph and his family:

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And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;
And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.
Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.
Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours.

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