"They are the sons God has given me here,"1 Joseph said to his father. Then Israel said, "Bring them to me so I may bless2 them."
Now Israel's eyes were failing because of old age, and he could hardly see.3 So Joseph brought his sons close to him, and his father kissed them4 and embraced them.511
Israel6 said to Joseph, "I never expected to see your face again,7 and now God has allowed me to see your children too."812
Then Joseph removed them from Israel's knees9 and bowed down with his face to the ground.1013
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,11 and brought them close to him.
But Israel12 reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim's head,13 though he was the younger,14 and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh's head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.1515
Then he blessed16 Joseph and said, "May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,17 the God who has been my shepherd18 all my life to this day,
the Angel19 who has delivered me from all harm20 --may he bless21 these boys.22 May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,23 and may they increase greatly upon the earth."2417
When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand25 on Ephraim's head26 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."2719
But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great.28 Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he,29 and his descendants will become a group of nations.30"