Compare Translations for Genesis 48:2

Genesis 48:2 ASV
And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
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Genesis 48:2 BBE
And when they said to Jacob, Your son Joseph is coming to see you: then Israel, getting all his strength together, had himself lifted up in his bed.
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Genesis 48:2 CEB
When Jacob was informed,"Your son Joseph is here now," he pulled himself together and sat up in bed.
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Genesis 48:2 CJB
Ya'akov was told, "Here comes your son Yosef."Isra'el gathered his strength and sat up in bed.
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Genesis 48:2 RHE
And it was told the old man: Behold thy son Joseph cometh to thee. And being strengthened, he sat on his bed.
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Genesis 48:2 ESV
And it was told to Jacob, "Your son Joseph has come to you." Then Israel summoned his strength and sat up in bed.
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Genesis 48:2 GW
When Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph is here to see you," Israel gathered his strength and sat up in bed.
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Genesis 48:2 GNT
When Jacob was told that his son Joseph had come to see him, he gathered his strength and sat up in bed.
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Genesis 48:2 HNV
One told Ya`akov, and said, "Behold, your son Yosef comes to you," and Yisra'el strengthened himself, and sat on the bed.
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Genesis 48:2 CSB
When Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph has come to you," Israel summoned his strength and sat up in bed.
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Genesis 48:2 KJV
And one told Jacob, and said , Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
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Genesis 48:2 LEB
And it was told to Jacob, "Behold, your son Joseph has come to you." Then Israel strengthened himself and he sat up in the bed.
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Genesis 48:2 NAS
When it was told to Jacob, "Behold, your son Joseph has come to you," Israel collected his strength and sat up in the bed.
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Genesis 48:2 NCV
When Joseph arrived, someone told Jacob, "Your son Joseph has come to see you." Jacob was weak, so he used all his strength and sat up on his bed.
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Genesis 48:2 NIRV
Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph has come to you." So Israel became stronger and sat up in bed.
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Genesis 48:2 NIV
When Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph has come to you," Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed.
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Genesis 48:2 NKJV
And Jacob was told, "Look, your son Joseph is coming to you"; and Israel strengthened himself and sat up on the bed.
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Genesis 48:2 NLT
When Jacob heard that Joseph had arrived, he gathered his strength and sat up in bed to greet him.
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Genesis 48:2 NRS
When Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph has come to you," he summoned his strength and sat up in bed.
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Genesis 48:2 RSV
And it was told to Jacob, "Your son Joseph has come to you"; then Israel summoned his strength, and sat up in bed.
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Genesis 48:2 DBY
And one told Jacob and said, Behold, thy son Joseph is coming to thee. And Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
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Genesis 48:2 MSG
When Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph has come," he roused himself and sat up in bed.
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Genesis 48:2 WBT
And [one] told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh to thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
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Genesis 48:2 TMB
And one told Jacob and said, "Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee"; and Israel strengthened himself and sat upon the bed.
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Genesis 48:2 TNIV
When Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph has come to you," Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed.
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Genesis 48:2 TYN
Then was it sayde vnto Iacob: beholde thy sonne Ioseph commeth vnto the. And Israel toke his strength vnto him and satt vp on the bedd
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Genesis 48:2 WEB
One told Jacob, and said, "Behold, your son Joseph comes to you," and Israel strengthened himself, and sat on the bed.
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Genesis 48:2 WYC
And it was said to the eld man, Lo! thy son Joseph cometh to thee; which was comforted (who was strengthened), and sat up in the bed.
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Genesis 48:2 YLT
And [one] declareth to Jacob, and saith, `Lo, thy son Joseph is coming unto thee;' and Israel doth strengthen himself, and sit upon the bed.
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Genesis 48 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 48

Joseph visits his dying father. (1-7) Jacob blesses Joseph's sons. (8-22)

Verses 1-7 The death-beds of believers, with the prayers and counsels of dying persons, are suited to make serious impressions upon the young, the gay, and the prosperous: we shall do well to take children on such occasions, when it can be done properly. If the Lord please, it is very desirable to bear our dying testimony to his truth, to his faithfulness, and the pleasantness of his ways. And one would wish so to live, as to give energy and weight to our dying exhortations. All true believers are blessed at their death, but all do not depart equally full of spiritual consolations. Jacob adopted Joseph's two sons. Let them not succeed their father, in his power and grandeur in Egypt; but let them succeed in the inheritance of the promise made to Abraham. Thus the aged dying patriarch teaches these young persons to take their lot with the people of God. He appoints each of them to be the head of a tribe. Those are worthy of double honour, who, through God's grace, break through the temptations of worldly wealth and preferment, to embrace religion in disgrace and poverty. Jacob will have Ephraim and Manasseh to know, that it is better to be low, and in the church, than high, and out of it.

Verses 8-22 The two good men own God in their comforts. Joseph says, They are my sons whom God has given me. Jacob says, God hath showed me thy seed. Comforts are doubly sweet to us when we see them coming from God's hand. He not only prevents our fears, but exceeds our hopes. Jacob mentions the care the Divine providence had taken of him all his days. A great deal of hardship he had known in his time, but God kept him from the evil of his troubles. Now he was dying, he looked upon himself as redeemed from all sin and sorrow for ever. Christ, the Angel of the covenant, redeems from all evil. Deliverances from misery and dangers, by the Divine power, coming through the ransom of the blood of Christ, in Scripture are often called redemption. In blessing Joseph's sons, Jacob crossed hands. Joseph was willing to support his first-born, and would have removed his father's hands. But Jacob acted neither by mistake, nor from a partial affection to one more than the other; but from a spirit of prophecy, and by the Divine counsel. God, in bestowing blessings upon his people, gives more to some than to others, more gifts, graces, and comforts, and more of the good things of this life. He often gives most to those that are least likely. He chooses the weak things of the world; he raises the poor out of the dust. Grace observes not the order of nature, nor does God prefer those whom we think fittest to be preferred, but as it pleases him. How poor are they who have no riches but those of this world! How miserable is a death-bed to those who have no well-grounded hope of good, but dreadful apprehensions of evil, and nothing but evil for ever!

Genesis 48 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 48

Genesis 48:1-22 . JOSEPH'S VISIT TO HIS SICK FATHER.

1. one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick--Joseph was hastily sent for, and on this occasion he took with him his two sons.

2. Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed--In the chamber where a good man lies, edifying and spiritual discourse may be expected.

3, 4. God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz--The object of Jacob, in thus reverting to the memorable vision at Beth-el ( Genesis 28:10-15 )--one of the great landmarks in his history--was to point out the splendid promises in reserve for his posterity--to engage Joseph's interest and preserve his continued connection with the people of God, rather than with the Egyptians.

4. Behold, I will make thee fruitful--This is a repetition of the covenant ( Genesis 28:13-15 , 35:12 ). Whether these words are to be viewed in a limited sense, as pointing to the many centuries during which the Jews were occupiers of the Holy Land, or whether the words bear a wider meaning and intimate that the scattered tribes of Israel are to be reinstated in the land of promise, as their "everlasting possession," are points that have not yet been satisfactorily determined.

5. thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh--It was the intention of the aged patriarch to adopt Joseph's sons as his own, thus giving him a double portion. The reasons for this procedure are stated ( 1 Chronicles 5:1 1 Chronicles 5:2 ).
are mine--Though their connections might have attached them to Egypt and opened to them brilliant prospects in the land of their nativity, they willingly accepted the adoption ( Hebrews 11:25 ).

9. Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them--The apostle ( Hebrews 11:21 ) selected the blessing of Joseph's son as the chief, because the most comprehensive, instance of the patriarch's faith which his whole history furnishes.

13. Joseph took them both--The very act of pronouncing the blessing was remarkable, showing that Jacob's bosom was animated by the spirit of prophecy.

21. Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die--The patriarch could speak of death with composure, but he wished to prepare Joseph and the rest of the family for the shock.
but God shall be with you--Jacob, in all probability, was not authorized to speak of their bondage--he dwelt only on the certainty of their restoration to Canaan.

22. moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren--This was near Shechem ( Genesis 33:18 , John 4:5 ; also Joshua 16:1 , 20:7 ). And it is probable that the Amorites, having seized upon it during one of his frequent absences, the patriarch, with the united forces of his tribe, recovered it from them by his sword and his bow.