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Genesis 48:14-19 (New International Version)

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14 But Israel1 reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim's head,2 though he was the younger,3 and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh's head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.4 15 Then he blessed5 Joseph and said, "May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,6 the God who has been my shepherd7 all my life to this day, 16 the Angel8 who has delivered me from all harm9 --may he bless10 these boys.11 May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,12 and may they increase greatly upon the earth."13 17 When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand14 on Ephraim's head15 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."16 19 But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great.17 Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he,18 and his descendants will become a group of nations.19"
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