Genesis 48:12

12 Then Joseph removed them from Israel’s knees and bowed down with his face to the ground.

Read Genesis 48:12 Using Other Translations

And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
Then Joseph removed them from his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
Joseph moved the boys, who were at their grandfather’s knees, and he bowed with his face to the ground.

What does Genesis 48:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 48:12

And Joseph brought them out from between his knees
Either from between his own, where they were kneeling, as he was sitting, in order that they might be nearer his father, to receive his blessing by the putting on of his hands; or rather from between his father's knees, he, as Aben Ezra observes, sitting on the bed, having kissed and embraced them, they were still between his knees; and that they might not be burdensome to his aged father, leaning on his breast, and especially, in order to put them in a proper position for his benediction, he took them from thence, and placed them over against him to his right and left hand: and he bowed himself with his face to the earth;
in a civil way to his father, and in reverence of him; in a religious way to God, expressing his thankfulness for all favours to him and his, and as supplicating a blessing for his sons through his father, under a divine influence and direction.

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