Genesis 48

Israel’s Last Days

1Now it came about after these things that
Lit one said to Joseph
Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is sick.” So he took his two sons b  Manasseh and Ephraim with him.
Lit one told Jacob and said
it was told to Jacob, “Behold, your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel
Lit strengthened himself
collected his strength and sat
Lit upon the bed
up in the bed.
3Then Jacob said to Joseph
Heb El Shaddai
g  God Almighty appeared to me at h  Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,
4and He said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and numerous, and I will make you a company of peoples, and will give this land to your
Lit seed
descendants after you for j  an everlasting possession.’
5Now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; k  Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as l  Reuben and Simeon are. 6But your offspring that
Lit you have begotten
have been born after them shall be yours; they shall be called by the
Lit name
names of their brothers in their inheritance.
7Now as for me, when I came from o  Paddan, p  Rachel died,
Lit upon me
to my sorrow, in the land of Canaan on the journey, when there was still some distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”

8When Israel r  saw Joseph’s sons, he said, “Who are these?” 9Joseph said to his father s  They are my sons, whom God has given me here.” So he said, “Bring them to me, please, that t  I may bless them.” 10Now u  the eyes of Israel were so dim from age that he could not see. Then
Lit he
Joseph brought them close to him, and he w  kissed them and embraced them.
11Israel said to Joseph, “I never
Lit meditated, judged
expected to see your face, and behold, God has let me see your
Lit seed
children as well.”
12Then Joseph
Lit made them come out
took them from his knees, and aa  bowed with his face to the ground.
13Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right, and brought them close to him. 14But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head
Or consciously directing
crossing his hands
Lit when
although ad  Manasseh was the firstborn.
15He blessed Joseph, and said, ae  The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
af  The God who has been my shepherd
Lit from the continuance of me
all my life to this day,
16 ah  The angel who has redeemed me from all evil,
ai  Bless the lads;
And may my name
Lit be called
live on in them,
And the
Lit name
names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
And al  may they grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”

17When Joseph saw that his father am  laid his right hand on Ephraim’s head, it displeased him; and he grasped his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn. Place your right hand on his head.” 19But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and an  his
Lit seed
descendants shall become a
Lit fullness
multitude of nations.”
20 aq  He blessed them that day, saying, By you Israel will pronounce blessing, saying,
May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh!’”
Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh.

21Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am about to die, but ar  God will be with you, and as  bring you back to the land of your fathers. 22I give you one
Or ridge; lit shoulder; Heb Shechem
portion more than your brothers, au  which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow.”
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