Then Joseph removed them from Israel's knees1 and bowed down with his face to the ground.213
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,3 and brought them close to him.
But Israel4 reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim's head,5 though he was the younger,6 and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh's head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.715
Then he blessed8 Joseph and said, "May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,9 the God who has been my shepherd10 all my life to this day,
the Angel11 who has delivered me from all harm12 --may he bless13 these boys.14 May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,15 and may they increase greatly upon the earth."1617
When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand17 on Ephraim's head18 he was displeased; so he took hold of his father's hand to move it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head.
Joseph said to him, "No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head."1919
But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great.20 Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he,21 and his descendants will become a group of nations.22"
He blessed23 them that day24 and said, "In youra name will Israel25 pronounce this blessing:26 'May God make you like Ephraim27 and Manasseh.28' " So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.
Then Israel said to Joseph, "I am about to die, but God will be with youb29 and take youc back to the land of yourd fathers.3022
And to you, as one who is over your brothers,31 I give the ridge of lande32 I took from the Amorites with my sword33 and my bow."