Genesis 48

CHAPTER 48

Jacob Blesses Joseph's Sons

And it came to pass after these things, and it was announced to Joseph that, Your father is troubled. And taking up [2two 3sons 1his], Manasseh and Ephraim, he came to Jacob. And it was reported to Jacob, saying, Behold, your son Joseph comes to you. And Israel growing strong sat upon the bed. And Jacob said to Joseph, My God was appeared to me in Luz, in the land of Canaan, and blessed me. And he said to me, Behold, I will increase you, and I will multiply you, and I will make you into a gathering of nations. And I will give to you this land, and to your seed after you, for [2possession 1an eternal]. Now then, [2two 3sons 1your], the ones born to you in the land of Egypt, before my coming to you in Egypt, are mine, Ephraim and Manasseh, as Reuben and Simeon they shall be mine. And the progeny, who ever should be procreated after these will be yours. By the name of their brothers they shall be called in those lots. But I, when I came from Mesopotamia of Syria, [3died 1Rachel 2your mother] in the land of Canaan at my approaching down by the course of the horses of Habratha of the land, before coming into Ephrath. And I buried her in the way of the course of the horses -- this is Beth-lehem. [3seeing 1And 2Israel] the sons of Joseph, said, Who are these to you? [3said 1And 2Joseph] to his father, [2my sons 1They are] whom [2gave 3to me 1God] here. And Jacob said, Lead [2forward 3to me 1them] that I may bless them. 10 And the eyes of Israel were weighed down because of old age, and he was not able to see. And they approached to him, and he kissed them, and embraced them. 11 And Israel said to Joseph, Behold, [2of your face 1I was not deprived]; and behold, [2showed 3to me 1God] your seed. 12 And [2led 3them 1Joseph] from his knees, and they did obeisance to him with their face upon the ground. 13 [3taking 1And 2Joseph 5two 6sons 4his], with Ephraim at the right, [2from 3the left 1but] of Israel, and Manasseh at the left, [2from 3the right 1but] of Israel, and he approached them to him. 14 [3stretching out 1And 2Israel] the [2hand 1right] put it upon the head of Ephraim, and this one was the younger; and the left upon the head of Manasseh; crosswise with the hands. 15 And he blessed them, and he said, The God in whom [2were well-pleasing 1my fathers] in his presence -- Abraham and Isaac; the God maintaining me from my youth until this day; 16 the angel rescuing me from all evils, bless these boys! And [2shall be called upon 3them 1my name], and the name of my fathers -- Abraham and Isaac. And may they multiply into [2multitude 1a great] upon the earth. 17 [3seeing 1And 2Joseph] that [2put 1his father] [2hand 1his right] upon the head of Ephraim, [2wrong 3to him 1it appeared]. And Joseph took hold of the hand of his father to remove it from the head of Ephraim, to the head of Manasseh. 18 [3said 1And 2Joseph] to his father, Not so father, for this one is the first-born; place your right hand upon his head. 19 And he would not, but said, I know child, I know; and this one will be for a people, and this one will be raised up high. But [3brother 1his 2younger 5greater 6than he 4will be], and his seed will be a multitude of nations. 20 And he blessed them in that day, saying, By you Israel shall be blessed, saying, [2make 3you 1God] as Ephraim and as Manasseh! And he put Ephraim in front of Manasseh. 21 [3said 1And 2Israel] to Joseph, Behold, I die, and God will be with you, and he will return you to the land of your fathers. 22 And I give to you [2portion 1a chosen out] above your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorites with my sword and bow.
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