the ground, and he ascended to the third step, while the
king sat upon the fourth from the top, and spake with Joseph,
saying:[170] "O young man, my servant beareth witness
concerning thee, that thou art the best and most discerning
person I can consult with. I pray thee, vouchsafe
unto me the same favors which thou didst bestow on this
servant of mine, and tell me what events they are which the
visions of my dreams foreshow. I desire thee to suppress
naught out of fear, nor shalt thou flatter me with lying
words, or with words that please me. Tell me the truth,
though it be sad and alarming."[171]

Joseph asked the king first whence he knew that the
given by the wise men of his country was not true,

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