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.415
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,
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."1317
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.
Joseph said to him, "No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head."1619
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"
He blessed20 them that day21 and said, "In youra name will Israel22 pronounce this blessing:23 'May God make you like Ephraim24 and Manasseh.25' " So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.
Then Israel said to Joseph, "I am about to die, but God will be with youb26 and take youc back to the land of yourd fathers.2722
And to you, as one who is over your brothers,28 I give the ridge of lande29 I took from the Amorites with my sword30 and my bow."