And it came to pass after these things, that one toldJoseph, Behold, thy father is sick : and he took with him his twosons,Manasseh and Ephraim.2
And one toldJacob, and said , Behold, thy sonJosephcometh unto thee: and Israelstrengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.3
And Jacobsaid unto Joseph,GodAlmightyappeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful , and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlastingpossession.5
And now thy twosons,Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egyptbefore I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
And thy issue, which thou begettestafter them, shall be thine, and shall be calledafter the name of their brethren in their inheritance.7
And as for me, when I came from Padan,Racheldied by me in the land of Canaan in the way,when yet there was but a littleway to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.8
And IsraelbeheldJoseph'ssons, and said , Who are these?
And Josephsaid unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said , Bring them , I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.
Now the eyes of Israel were dima for age, so that he could not see . And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them.
And Israelsaid unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.12
And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.13
And Josephtook them both,Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near unto him.
And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim'shead, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh'shead,guiding his handswittingly ; for Manasseh was the firstborn.15
And he blessedJoseph, and said , God,before whom my fathersAbraham and Isaac did walk , the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,16
The Angel which redeemed me from all evil,bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathersAbraham and Isaac; and let them growb into a multitude in the midst of the earth.17
And when Josephsaw that his fatherlaid his righthand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeasedc him: and he held up his father'shand, to remove it from Ephraim'shead unto Manasseh'shead.18
And Josephsaid unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn;put thy right hand upon his head.19
And his fatherrefused , and said , I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great : but truly his youngerbrother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multituded of nations.20
And he blessed them that day,saying , In thee shall Israelbless , saying , Godmake thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he setEphraimbeforeManasseh.21
And Israelsaid unto Joseph, Behold, I die : but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.22
Moreover I have given to thee oneportion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.