Genesis 48:11

11 Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too.”

Read Genesis 48:11 Using Other Translations

And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.
And Israel said to Joseph, "I never expected to see your face; and behold, God has let me see your offspring also."
Then Jacob said to Joseph, “I never thought I would see your face again, but now God has let me see your children, too!”

What does Genesis 48:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 48:11

And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy
face
Some years ago he never expected to have seen him any more; he had given him up for lost, as a dead man, when his sons brought him his coat dipped in blood; and by reason of the long course of years which passed before ever he heard anything of him: and, lo, God hath showed me also thy seed;
it was an additional favour to see his offspring; it can hardly be thought, that in a course of seventeen years he had been in Egypt, he had not seen them before, only he takes this opportunity, which was the last he should have of expressing his pleasure on this occasion.

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