One day not long after this, word came to Joseph that his father was failing rapidly. So Joseph went to visit him, and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
When Jacob heard that Joseph had arrived, he gathered his strength and sat up in bed to greet him.
Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me.
He said to me, 'I will make you a multitude of nations, and I will give this land of Canaan to you and your descendants as an everlasting possession.'
Now I am adopting as my own sons these two boys of yours, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born here in the land of Egypt before I arrived. They will inherit from me just as Reuben and Simeon will.
But the children born to you in the future will be your own. The land they inherit will be within the territories of Ephraim and Manasseh.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)