Genesis 48

Joseph Takes His Sons to Visit Jacob

(1) It came to pass after these things, that someone told Joseph, "Behold, your father is sick." So he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim to see Jacob.

(2) Then someone told Jacob, and said, "Behold, your son Joseph is coming to see you," and Israel strengthened himself, and sat on the bed.

(3) Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,

(4) and said to me, 'Behold, I will make you fruitful, and multiply you, and I will make of you a multitude of people, and will give this land to your descendants after you for an everlasting possession.'

(5) Now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you into Egypt, are mine, as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.

(6) And your offspring, who you fathered after them, shall be yours, and shall be called after the name of their brothers in their inheritance.

(7) As for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was but a little way to go to Ephrath, and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath, that is Bethlehem."

Israel Sees Joseph’s Sons

(8) Then Israel saw Joseph’s sons, and said, "Who are these?"

(9) Joseph said to his father, "They are my sons, whom God has given to me in this place." And he said, "Please, bring them to me, and I will bless them."

(10) Now the eyes of Israel were dim from age, so that he could not see. And Joseph brought them near to him, and he kissed them, and embraced them.

(11) Israel said to Joseph, "I did not think I would see your face again, and, behold, God has shown me your children also."

(12) Then Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

(13) And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near to him.

(14) But Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it on Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn.

(15) And he blessed Joseph, and said, "God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God which fed me all my life long to this day,

(16) the Angel who redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads, and let my name be perpetuated in them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth."

Israel Blesses Ephraim With His Right Hand

(17) When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him, and he grasped his father’s hand, to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.

(18) Joseph said to his father, "Not so, my father, for this is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head."

(19) But his father refused, and said, "I know it, my son, I know it. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great, but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations."

(20) So he blessed them that day, saying, "In you Israel shall bless, saying, 'God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh.'" And he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

(21) Israel said to Joseph, "Behold, I am dying, but God shall be with you, and bring you again into the land of your fathers.

(22) Moreover I have given to you one portion above your brothers, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow."

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