Genesis 48

1And it came to pass after these things, that it was reported to Joseph, Behold, your father is ill. And having taken his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, he came to Jacob. 2And it was reported to Jacob, saying, Behold, your son Joseph comes to you. And Israel, having strengthened himself, sat up upon the bed. 3And Jacob said to Joseph, My God appeared to me in Luz, in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, 4and said to me, Behold, I will increase you, and multiply you, and will make of you a multitude of nations; and I will give this land to you, and to your seed after you, for an everlasting possession. 5Now then your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt, before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon they shall be mine. 6And the children which you shall beget hereafter, shall be in the name of their brethren; they shall be named after their inheritances. 7And as for me, when I came out of Mesopotamia of Syria, Rachel, your mother, died in the land of Canaan, as I drew near to the horse course of Cabratha of the land of Canaan, so as to come to Ephratha; and I buried her in the road of the course; which is Bethlehem. 8And when Israel saw the sons of Joseph, he said, Who are these to you? 9And Joseph said to his father, They are my sons, whom God gave me here. And Jacob said, Bring them to me, that I may bless them. 10Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, and he could not see; and he brought them near to him, and he kissed them, and embraced them. 11And Israel said to Joseph, Behold, I have not been deprived of seeing your face, and lo! God has shown me your seed also. 12And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and they bowed down to him, with their face to the ground. 13And Joseph took his two sons, both Ephraim in his right hand, but on the left of Israel, and Manasseh on his left hand, but on the right of Israel, and brought them near to him. 14But Israel, having stretched out his right hand, laid it on the head of Ephraim, and he was the younger; and his left hand on the head of Manasseh guiding his hands crosswise. 15And he blessed them and said, The God in whose sight my fathers were well pleasing, even Abraham and Isaac, the God who continues to feed me from my youth until this day; 16the angel who delivers me from all evils, bless these boys, and my name shall be called upon them, and the name of my fathers, Abraham and Isaac; and let them be increased to a great multitude on the earth. 17And Joseph, having seen that his father put his right hand on the head of Ephraim-it seemed grievous to him; and Joseph took hold of the hand of his father, to remove it from the head of Ephraim to the head of Manasseh. 18And Joseph said to his father, Not so, father; for this is the firstborn; lay your right hand upon his head. 19And he would not, but said, I know it, son, I know it; he also shall be a people, and he shall be exalted, but his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. 20And he blessed them in that day, saying, In you shall Israel be blessed, saying, God make you as Ephraim and Manasseh; and he set Ephraim before Manasseh. 21And Israel said to Joseph, Behold, I die; and God shall be with you, and restore you to the land of your fathers. 22And I give to you Sicima, a select portion above your brothers, which I took out of the hand of the Amorites with my sword and bow.
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