Genesis 48:13-18 (New International Version)

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13 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,1 and brought them close to him. 14 But Israel2 reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim's head,3 though he was the younger,4 and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh's head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.5 15 Then he blessed6 Joseph and said, "May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,7 the God who has been my shepherd8 all my life to this day, 16 the Angel9 who has delivered me from all harm10 --may he bless11 these boys.12 May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,13 and may they increase greatly upon the earth."14 17 When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand15 on Ephraim's head16 he was displeased; so he took hold of his father's hand to move it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head. 18 Joseph said to him, "No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head."17
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