fat of the land

the best things available in life
—Bill’s dream is to become a famous actor, move to Hollywood, and live off the fat of the land.

In Egypt, Joseph was sold to an officer of the pharaoh, the Egyptian king. The officer’s wife tried to seduce him, but when Joseph refused her, she accused him of being the seducer. Joseph was put in prison and stayed there until the pharaoh heard about Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams. After Joseph told him the meaning of his dream, the pharaoh set him free and made him second in command of Egypt. Later, there was a famine in Canaan, and Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt to buy food. Joseph forgave his brothers for what they had done to him and invited his family to come live in Egypt. When the pharaoh heard this, he was glad and told Joseph,

Say to your brothers, “Do this: Load your animals and go to the land of Canaan! Get your father and your households and come to me! Then I will give you the best land in Egypt and you will eat the best of the land [fat of the land].” (Genesis 45:17,18)

Here, fat of the land means “the best the land has to offer.”

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