When Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph is here to see you," Israel gathered his strength and sat up in bed.
Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in Canaan and blessed me.
He said to me, 'I will make you fertile and increase the number of your descendants so that you will become a community of people. I will give this land to your descendants as a permanent possession.'
"So your two sons, who were born in Egypt before I came here, are my sons. Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine just as Reuben and Simeon are.
Any other children you have after them will be yours. They will inherit the land listed under their brothers' names.
As I was coming back from Paddan, Rachel died in Canaan when we were still some distance from Ephrath. So I buried her there on the way to Ephrath" (that is, Bethlehem).
When Israel saw Joseph's sons, he asked, "Who are they?"
"They are my sons, whom God has given me here in Egypt," Joseph answered his father. Then Israel said, "Please bring them to me so that I may bless them."
Israel's eyesight was failing because of old age, and he could hardly see. So Joseph brought his sons close to his father, and Israel hugged them and kissed them.
Israel said to Joseph, "I never expected to see you again, and now God has even let me see your sons."
Joseph took them off his father's lap and bowed with his face touching the ground.