Genesis 48

Posted on May 27, 2020No Comment
Some time later Joseph was told,
“Your father is ill.” So he took
his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim
along with him. When Jacob was told,
“Your son Joseph has come to you,”
Israel rallied his strength and
sat up on the bed.

Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty
appeared to me at Luz in the land
of Canaan, and there he blessed me
and said to me, ‘I am going to make
you fruitful and increase your
numbers. I will make you a community
of peoples, and I will give this
land as an everlasting possession
to your descendants after you.’

“Now then, your two sons born to
you in Egypt before I came to you
here will be reckoned as mine;
Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine,
just as Reuben and Simeon are mine.
Any children born to you after
them will be yours; in the territory
they inherit they will be reckoned 
under the names of their brothers.
As I was returning from Paddan,
to my sorrow Rachel died in the
land of Canaan while we were still
on the way, a little distance from
Ephrath. So I buried her there
beside the road to Ephrath”
(that is, Bethlehem).

When Israel saw the sons of Joseph,
he asked, “Who are these?”

“They are the sons God has
given me here,” Joseph said
to his father. Then Israel
said, “Bring them to me so
I may bless them.”

Now Israel’s eyes were failing
because of old age, and he
could hardly see. So Joseph
brought his sons close to
him, and his father kissed
them and embraced them.

Israel said to Joseph, “I
never expected to see your
face again, and now God has
allowed me to see your children too.”

Then Joseph removed them from
Israel’s knees and bowed down
with his face to the ground.
And Joseph took both of them,
Ephraim on his right toward
Israel’s left hand and Manasseh
on his left toward Israel’s
right hand, and brought them
close to him. But Israel
reached out his right hand
and put it on Ephraim’s head,
though he was the younger, and
crossing his arms, he put his
left hand on Manasseh’s head,
even though Manasseh was the firstborn.

Then he blessed Joseph and said,
“May the God before whom my fathers
Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully,
the God who has been my shepherd
all my life to this day,

the Angel who has delivered me
from all harm —may he bless
these boys. May they be called
by my name and the names of my
fathers Abraham and Isaac, and
may they increase greatly on the earth.”

When Joseph saw his father placing
his right hand on Ephraim’s head
he was displeased; so he took hold
of his father’s hand to move it
from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s
head. Joseph said to him, “No, my
father, this one is the firstborn;
put your right hand on his head.”

But his father refused and said,
“I know, my son, I know. He too
will become a people, and he too
will become great. Nevertheless,
his younger brother will be
greater than he, and his
descendants will become a
group of nations.” He blessed
them that day and said, “In
your name will Israel pronounce
this blessing: ‘May God make
you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’
So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.

Then Israel said to Joseph,
“I am about to die, but God
will be with you and take you
back to the land of your fathers.
And to you I give one more ridge
of land than to your brothers,
the ridge I took from the Amorites
with my sword and my bow.”

Genesis 48:1‭-‬22 NIV

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