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 Genesis 48:1 - 20
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   Book of Genesis
   Chapter 48
48:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Some time later Joseph was told, "Your father is ill." So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him.
 
48:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph has come to you," Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed.
 
48:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty F225 appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me
 
48:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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and said to me, 'I am going to make you fruitful and will 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.'
 
48:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"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.
 
48:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
48:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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As I was returning from Paddan, F226 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).
 
48:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When Israel saw the sons of Joseph, he asked, "Who are these?"
 
48:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"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."
 
48:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
48:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Israel said to Joseph, "I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too."
 
48:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Joseph removed them from Israel's knees and bowed down with his face to the ground.
 
48:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
48:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
48:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then he blessed Joseph and said, "May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,
 
48:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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 upon the earth."
 
48:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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.
 
48:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Joseph said to him, "No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head."
 
48:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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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."
 
48:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He blessed them that day and said, "In your F227 name will Israel pronounce this blessing: 'May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.'" So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F225 Hebrew El-Shaddai
F226 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
F227 The Hebrew is singular.

 
 

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