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Genesis 48:8

8 When Israel saw the sons of Joseph, he asked, “Who are these?”

Read Genesis 48:8 Using Other Translations

And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these?
When Israel saw Joseph's sons, he said, "Who are these?"
Then Jacob looked over at the two boys. “Are these your sons?” he asked.

What does Genesis 48:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 48:8

And Israel beheld Joseph's sons
Ephraim and Manasseh, of whom he had been speaking as if they were absent, and he might not know until now that they were present, for his eyes were dim that he could not see clearly, ( Genesis 49:10 ) ; he saw two young men standing by Joseph, but knew not who they were, and therefore asked the following question: and said, who [are] these?
whose sons are they? the Targum of Jonathan is,

``of whom were these born to thee?''
as if he knew them to be his sons, only inquired who the mother of them was; but the answer shows he knew them not to be his sons, and as for his wife, he could not be ignorant who she was.
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