- And it came to pass after these things, that one said to Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
- And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
- And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
- and said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a company of peoples, and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.
- And now thy two sons, who were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine;
Ephraim and Manasseh, even as Reuben and Simeon, shall be mine.
- And thy issue, that thou begettest after them, shall be thine;
they shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.
- And as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when there was still some distance to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way to Ephrath (the same is Beth-lehem).
- And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said, Who are these?
- And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me here.
And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.
- Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see.
And he brought them near unto him;
and he kissed them, and embraced them.
- And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath let me see thy seed also.
- And Joseph brought them out from between his knees;
and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
- And Joseph took 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 near unto him.
- And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly;
for Manasseh was the first-born.
- And he blessed Joseph, and said, The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God who hath fed me all my life long unto this day,
- the angel who hath redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads;
and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
- And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head.
- And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father;
for this is the first-born;
put thy right hand upon his head.
- And his father refused, and said, I know [it], my son, I know [it].
He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: howbeit his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
- And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee will Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
- And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God will be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.
- Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.