|Genesis 48 |
1 And it came to pass after these things that Joseph was told, "Your father is sick." So he took his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim along with him.
2 And when Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph is coming to you," Israel strengthened himself and sat up on the bed.
3 Then Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,
4 And said to me, 'Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you and I will make of you a multitude of people and will give this land to your descendants after you for an everlasting possession.'
5 Now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you into Egypt, are mine. As Reuben and Simeon are mine, they shall also be mine.
6 Your other children who are born after them shall be yours, and they will be called under the names of their brothers in their inheritance.
7 As I came from Padan, Rachel died by my side in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was only a little way to come to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is Bethlehem)."
8 When Israel saw Joseph's sons, he said, "Who are these?"
9 And Joseph said to his father, "They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place." And he said, "Bring them to me, and I will bless them.'
10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. And Joseph brought them near to him, and he kissed and embraced them.
11 And Israel said to Joseph, "I had not thought to see your face, and see, God has shown me your offspring also."
12 Then Joseph took them out of Jacob's embrace, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them close to him.
14 But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and crossing his hands he laid his left hand upon Manasseh's head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.
15 And he blessed Joseph and said, "God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who fed me all my life long to this day,
16 The Angel who redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads! And let them be called by my name and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth."
17 Now 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 to Manasseh's head.
18 And Joseph said to his father, "Not so, my father, for this is the firstborn; put your right hand upon his head."
19 But 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; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations."
20 And he blessed them that day, saying, "In you will Israel pronounce this blessing: 'God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.'" Thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
21 And Israel said to Joseph, "Behold, I die, but God will be with you and bring you again to the land of your fathers.1
22 Moreover, I have given you more than your brothers, even Shechem as your heritage, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow."
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1 God will bring you back again to the land of your fathers. And so he did, because when Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, they carried the bones of Joseph to be buried in the land of Canaan, the promise land of their destination. I have given you more than your brothers, even Henchmen as your heritage. He favored Joseph to give him something extra. The lands were taken out of the hand of the Amorist with his sword and with his bow. He had purchased them first, as described in Joshua: And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, were buried by them at Henchmen in a parcel of ground that Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for a hundred pieces of silver; and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph. Joshua 24:32. Mention is made of this grant in John 4:5. Joseph was buried in the land of his inheritance, and Jacob foresaw that too.
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