Genesis 48:5-20 (New International Version)

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5 "Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt1 before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine,2 just as Reuben3 and Simeon4 are mine. 6 Any children born to you after them will be yours; in the territory they inherit they will be reckoned under the names of their brothers. 7 As I was returning from Paddan,a5 to my sorrow6 Rachel died in the land of Canaan while we were still on the way, a little distance from Ephrath. So I buried her there beside the road to Ephrath" (that is, Bethlehem).7 8 When Israel8 saw the sons of Joseph,9 he asked, "Who are these?" 9 "They are the sons God has given me here,"10 Joseph said to his father. Then Israel said, "Bring them to me so I may bless11 them." 10 Now Israel's eyes were failing because of old age, and he could hardly see.12 So Joseph brought his sons close to him, and his father kissed them13 and embraced them.14 11 Israel15 said to Joseph, "I never expected to see your face again,16 and now God has allowed me to see your children too."17 12 Then Joseph removed them from Israel's knees18 and bowed down with his face to the ground.19 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,20 and brought them close to him. 14 But Israel21 reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim's head,22 though he was the younger,23 and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh's head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.24 15 Then he blessed25 Joseph and said, "May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,26 the God who has been my shepherd27 all my life to this day, 16 the Angel28 who has delivered me from all harm29 --may he bless30 these boys.31 May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,32 and may they increase greatly upon the earth."33 17 When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand34 on Ephraim's head35 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."36 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.37 Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he,38 and his descendants will become a group of nations.39" 20 He blessed40 them that day41 and said, "In yourb name will Israel42 pronounce this blessing:43 'May God make you like Ephraim44 and Manasseh.45' " So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.
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