Jacob Blesses Joseph’s Sons
1Now it came to pass after these things that Joseph was told, “Indeed your father is sick”; and he took with him his two sons, ⚓Manasseh and Ephraim.
2And Jacob was told, “Look, your son Joseph is coming to you”; and Israel strengthened himself and sat up on the bed.
3Then Jacob said to Joseph: “God ⚓Almighty appeared to me at ⚓Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,
4and said to me, ‘Behold, I will ⚓make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a multitude of people, and ⚓give this land to your descendants after you ⚓as an everlasting possession.’
5And now your ⚓two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
6Your offspring whom you beget after them shall be yours; they will be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance.
7But as for me, when I came from Padan, ⚓Rachel died beside me in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”
8Then Israel saw Joseph’s sons, and said, “Who are these?”
9And Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place.”
And he said, “Please bring them to me, and ⚓I will bless them.”
10Now ⚓the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. Then Joseph brought them near him, and he ⚓kissed them and embraced them.
11And Israel said to Joseph, ⚓“I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, God has also shown me your offspring!”
12So Joseph brought them from beside his knees, and he bowed down with his face to the earth.
13And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near him.
14Then Israel stretched out his right hand and ⚓laid it on Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, ⚓guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the ⚓firstborn.
15And ⚓he blessed Joseph, and said:
“God, ⚓before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
The God who has fed me all my life long to this day,
16The Angel ⚓who has redeemed me from all evil,
Bless the lads;
Let ⚓my name be named upon them,
And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
And let them ⚓grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”
17Now when Joseph saw that his father ⚓laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.
18And Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”
19But his father refused and said, ⚓“I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly ⚓his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.”
20So he blessed them that day, saying, ⚓“By you Israel will bless, saying, ‘May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!’ ” And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
21Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am dying, but ⚓God will be with you and bring you back to the land of your fathers.
22Moreover ⚓I have given to you one portion above your brothers, which I took from the hand ⚓of the Amorite with my sword and my bow.”