Joseph risked delivering a very unwelcome prediction of famine — news which Pharaoh might not have wanted to hear.
Just as we can’t find our way with a disoriented map, so we can’t make right decisions when we are out of alignment with God’s will.
Charles Wesley put it this way: “Earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can.”
Looking for a surefire test for the ethics of any stratagem? Ask whether it will receive praise or condemnation when shouted from the rooftops.