Genesis 47

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The First Book of Moses, called Genesis

Chapter 48


And it came to pass after these things, that [one] told4 Joseph, Behold, thy father [is] sick:6 and he took4 with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.


And [one] told55 Jacob, and said,4 Behold, thy son Joseph cometh6 unto thee: and Israel strengthened101 himself, and sat4 upon the bed.


And Jacob said4 unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared8 unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed17 me,


And said4 unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful,56 and multiply52 thee, and I will make1 of thee a multitude of people; and will give1 this land to thy seed after thee [for] an everlasting possession.


And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born12 unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came2 unto thee into Egypt, [are] mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.


And thy issue, which thou begettest52 after them, shall be thine, [and] shall be called11 after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.


And as for me, when I came2 from Padan, Rachel died1 by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet [there was] but a little way to come2 unto Ephrath: and I buried4 her there in the way of Ephrath; the same [is] Bethlehem.


And Israel beheld4 Joseph's sons, and said,4 Who [are] these?


And Joseph said4 unto his father, They [are] my sons, whom God hath given1 me in this [place]. And he said,4 Bring them,3 I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless17 them.


Now the eyes of Israel were dim1 for age, [so that] he could4 not see.2 And he brought them near55 unto him; and he kissed4 them, and embraced17 them.


And Israel said4 unto Joseph, I had not thought14 to see2 thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed52 me also thy seed.


And Joseph brought them out55 from between his knees, and he bowed101 himself with his face to the earth.


And Joseph took4 them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought [them] near55 unto him.


And Israel stretched out4 his right hand, and laid4 [it] upon Ephraim's head, who [was] the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly;14 for Manasseh [was] the firstborn.


And he blessed17 Joseph, and said,4 God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk,98 the God which fed6 me all my life long unto this day,


The Angel which redeemed6 me from all evil, bless17 the lads; and let my name be named11 on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow4 into a multitude in the midst of the earth.


And when Joseph saw4 that his father laid4 his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased4 5869 him: and he held up4 his father's hand, to remove53 it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head.


And Joseph said4 unto his father, Not so, my father: for this [is] the firstborn; put3 thy right hand upon his head.


And his father refused,17 and said,4 I know1 [it], my son, I know1 [it]: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great:4 but truly his younger brother shall be greater4 than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.


And he blessed17 them that day, saying,2 In thee shall Israel bless,17 saying,2 God make4 thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set4 Ephraim before Manasseh.


And Israel said4 unto Joseph, Behold, I die:5 but God shall be with you, and bring you again52 unto the land of your fathers.


Moreover I have given1 to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took1 out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.

Genesis 49





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