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
2And one told Jacob, and said,
Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
3And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of
Canaan, and blessed me,
4And said unto 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.
now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt,
are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their
7And 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 unto Ephrath: and I
buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.
Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these?
Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee,
unto me, and I will bless them.
eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced
11And Israel said unto Joseph, I had
not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.
12And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
13And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his
right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near unto
14And 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 wittingly;
for Manasseh was the firstborn.
15And he blessed
Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this
16The Angel which 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.
when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's
hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head.
Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.
19And 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.
20And 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
21And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold,
I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.
22Moreover 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.