Now it came about afterthesethings that aJoseph was told, "Behold, your father is sick." So he took his twosons1Manasseh and Ephraim with him.
When bit was told to Jacob, "Behold, your sonJoseph has come to you," Israelccollected his strength and satdup in the bed.
Then Jacobsaid to Joseph, "e2GodAlmightyappeared to me at 3Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,
and He said to me, 'Behold, I will make you fruitful and numerous, and I will make you a company of peoples, and will givethisland to your fdescendantsafter you for 4an everlastingpossession.'
5"Now your twosons, who were born to you in the land of Egyptbefore I came to you in Egypt, are mine; 5Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as 6Reuben and Simeon are.
"But your offspring that ghave been bornafter them shall be yours; they shall be called by the hnames of their brothers in their inheritance.
"Now as for me, when I came from 7Paddan, 8Racheldied, ito my sorrow, in the land of Canaan on the journey, when there was stillsomedistance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem )."
When Israel9sawJoseph'ssons, he said, "Who are these?"
9Josephsaid to his father, "10They are my sons, whomGod has given me here." So he said, "Bring them to me, please, that 11I may bless them."
Now 12the eyes of Israel were so dim from age that he could not see. Then jJoseph brought them close to him, and he 13kissed them and embraced them.
11Israelsaid to Joseph, "I neverkexpected to see your face, and behold, God has let me see your lchildren as well."
Then Josephmtook them from his knees, and 14bowed with his face to the ground.
13Josephtook them both, Ephraim with his righthandtowardIsrael'sleft, and Manasseh with his lefthandtowardIsrael'sright, and brought them close to him.
But Israelstretched out his righthand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his lefthand on Manasseh'shead, ncrossing his hands, oalthough15Manasseh was the firstborn.
He blessedJoseph, and said, "16The Godbeforewhom my fathersAbraham and Isaacwalked, 17The God who has been my shepherdpall my life to thisday,
1618The angel who has redeemed me from allevil, 19Bless the lads; And may my nameqlive on in them, And the rnames of my fathersAbraham and Isaac; And 20may they grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth."
When Josephsaw that his father21laid his righthand on Ephraim'shead, it displeased him; and he grasped his father'shand to remove it from Ephraim'shead to Manasseh'shead.
18Josephsaid to his father, "Not so, my father, for thisone is the firstborn. Place your righthand on his head."
But his fatherrefused and said, "I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his youngerbrother shall be greaterthan he, and 22his sdescendants shall become a tmultitude of nations."
2023He blessed them that day, saying, "By you Israel will pronounceblessing, saying, 'May Godmake you like Ephraim and Manasseh!' " Thus he putEphraimbeforeManasseh.
Then Israelsaid to Joseph, "Behold, I am about to die, but 24God will be with you, and 25bring you back to the land of your fathers.
"I give you oneuportionmorethan your brothers, 26which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow."