Genesis 48


48:1 And it came to pass after these things, that [one] told
 Joseph, Behold, thy father [is] sick: and he took with him his
 two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
48:2 And [one] told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph
 cometh to thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon
 the bed.
48:3 And Jacob said to Joseph, God Almighty appeared to me at
 Luz, in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
48:4 And said to me, Behold I will make thee fruitful, and
 multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people;
 and will give this land to thy seed after thee, [for] an
 everlasting possession.
48:5 And now, thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born
 to thee in the land of Egypt, before I came to thee into Egypt,
 [are] mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
48:6 And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be
 thine, [and] shall be called after the name of their brethren
 in their inheritance.
48:7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in
 the land of Canaan, in the way, when yet [there was] but a
 little way to come to Ephrath: and I buried her there in the
 way of Ephrath, the same [is] Beth-lehem.
48:8 And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who [are] these?
48:9 And Joseph said to his father, They [are] my sons, whom God
 hath given me in this [place]. And he said, Bring them, I pray
 thee, to me, and I will bless them.
48:10 (Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, [so that] he
 could not see:) And he brought them near to him; and he kissed
 them, and embraced them.
48:11 And Israel said to Joseph, I had not thought to see thy
 face: and lo, God hath shown me also thy seed.
48:12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he
 bowed himself with his face to the earth.
48:13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand
 towards Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand
 towards Israel's right hand, and brought [them] near to him.
48:14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid [it]
 upon Ephraim's head, who [was] the younger, and his left hand
 upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands by design; for Manasseh
 [was] the first-born.
48:15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my
 fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God who hath fed me all
 my life long to this day,
48:16 The angel who hath redeemed me from all evil, bless the
 lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my
 fathers Abraham and Isaac: and let them grow into a multitude
 in the midst of the earth.
48:17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand
 upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he lifted his
 father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's
 head.
48:18 And Joseph said to his father, Not so, my father; for this
 [is] the first-born; put thy right hand upon his head.
48:19 And 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 seed shall become a multitude of nations.
48:20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel
 bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he
 set Ephraim before Manasseh.
48:21 And Israel said to Joseph, Behold, I die; but God shall be
 with you, and bring you again to the land of your fathers.
48:22 Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy
 brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my
 sword and with my bow.
 
 

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