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 Genesis 48
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    48:1-22 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

Israel's Last Days

1 Now it came about after these things that Joseph F983 was told, "Behold, your father is sick." So he took his two sons Manasseh R1381 and Ephraim with him. 2 When it F984 was told to Jacob, "Behold, your son Joseph has come to you," Israel collected F985 his strength and sat up F986 in the bed. 3 Then Jacob said to Joseph, "God R1382 F987 Almighty appeared to me at Luz R1383 in the land of Canaan and blessed me, 4 and 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 descendants F988 after you for an R1384 everlasting possession.' 5 "Now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim R1385 and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben R1386 and Simeon are. 6 "But your offspring that have F989 been born after them shall be yours; they shall be called by the names F990 of their brothers in their inheritance. 7 "Now as for me, when I came from Paddan, R1387 Rachel R1388 died, to F991 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)."

8 When Israel saw R1389 Joseph's sons, he said, "Who are these?" 9 Joseph said to his father, "They R1390 are my sons, whom God has given me here." So he said, "Bring them to me, please, that I R1391 may bless them." 10 Now the R1392 eyes of Israel were so dim from age that he could not see. Then Joseph F992 brought them close to him, and he kissed R1393 them and embraced them. 11 Israel said to Joseph, "I never expected F993 to see your face, and behold, God has let me see your children F994 as well." 12 Then Joseph took F995 them from his knees, and bowed R1394 with his face to the ground. 13 Joseph 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. 14 But 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, crossing F996 his hands, although F997 Manasseh R1395 was the firstborn. 15 He blessed Joseph, and said, "The R1396 God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The R1397 God who has been my shepherd all F998 my life to this day,

16 The R1398 angel who has redeemed me from all evil,

Bless R1399 the lads;

And may my name live F999 on in them,

And the names F1000 of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;

And may R1400 they grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth."

17 When Joseph saw that his father laid R1401 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. 18 Joseph said to his father, "Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn. Place your right hand on his head." 19 But 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 his R1402 descendants F1001 shall become a multitude F1002 of nations." 20 He R1403 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. 21 Then Israel said to Joseph, "Behold, I am about to die, but God R1404 will be with you, and bring R1405 you back to the land of your fathers. 22 "I give you one portion F1003 more than your brothers, which R1406 I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow."

F983: Lit one said to Joseph
F984: Lit one told Jacob and said
F985: Lit strengthened himself
F986: Lit upon the bed
F987: Hebrew El Shaddai
F988: Lit seed
F989: Lit you have begotten
F990: Lit name
F991: Lit upon me
F992: Lit he
F993: Lit meditated, judged
F994: Lit seed
F995: Lit made them come out
F996: Or consciously directing
F997: Lit when
F998: Lit from the continuance of me
F999: Lit be called
F1000: Lit name
F1001: Lit seed
F1002: Lit fullness
F1003: Or ridge; lit shoulder; Hebrew Shechem

R1381: Genesis 41:51,52; Joshua 14:4
R1382: Genesis 28:13f; 35:9-12
R1383: Genesis 28:19; 35:6
R1384: Genesis 17:8
R1385: Genesis 41:50-52; 46:20; 48:1; Joshua 14:4
R1386: 1 Chronicles 5:1,2
R1387: Genesis 33:18
R1388: Genesis 35:19,20
R1389: Genesis 48:10
R1390: Genesis 33:5
R1391: Genesis 27:4
R1392: Genesis 27:1
R1393: Genesis 27:27
R1394: Genesis 42:6
R1395: Genesis 41:51,52
R1396: Genesis 17:1
R1397: Genesis 49:24
R1398: Genesis 22:11,15-18; 28:13-15; 31:11
R1399: Hebrews 11:21
R1400: Genesis 28:14; 46:3
R1401: Genesis 48:14
R1402: Genesis 28:14; 46:3
R1403: Hebrews 11:21
R1404: Genesis 26:3
R1405: Genesis 28:15; 46:4; 50:24
R1406: Joshua 24:32; John 4:5


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